BELTON, TX – Seven students from Belton High School’s career and technical education program placed first in two team events at the State SkillsUSA Conference held in late March in Corpus Christi.
Maybelline Hernandez, Zach Morgan and Julissa Rivas processed a simulated crime scene to win the forensic science event. The team is coached by criminal justice teacher Gary Bremer and forensic science teacher Karen Francis.
Bryson Coufal, Chris Foss, Andrew Mendoza and Austin Snyder won the TeamWorks event in which teams had two days to build a construction project. The TeamWorks students are coached by Craig Sullivan, who teaches construction management.
This is the second year in a row that Belton High School has won the state TeamWorks championship and qualified for the national competition. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Conference will be held June 22-26 in Louisville, KY.
“I’m proud of our students and their coaches. It’s exciting to see their hard work, dedication and skill recognized with state championships in forensic science and TeamWorks. Our career and technical education program does a great job helping students find their passion and preparing them for the workforce. This is more evidence of that,” said Chris duBois, Belton High School Principal.
“After placing seventh at nationals last year, we’re really excited to see how the TeamWorks students do in Louisville. Craig has been working with the students to hone their already formidable skills, and it shows in the quality of their craftsmanship. Our TeamWorks students have also benefited from the tremendous support of MW Builders,” said Dr. Susan Kincannon, Belton ISD Superintendent.
MW Builders, a national general contractor, has partnered with Belton ISD’s career and technical education program to help align the construction management curriculum with industry standards. The company also helps train the TeamWorks students on techniques, like metal stud framing, that they use in competition.
As they prepare for nationals, the TeamWorks students will also be giving back to the community. This spring, they are partnering with Texas State Technical College and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System to build a home for a homeless veteran.