Twelve Ramona Unified School District students traveled to Ontario last weekend to compete in the SkillsUSA State Competition and returned home winners. The 12 students, under the leadership of Montecito High School (MHS) construction teacher Nicholas Jordan, qualified for the State competition
by placing is the top six in the regionals competition in March.
MHS took two "Teamworks" teams and four individuals. Teamworks A is made up of Luis Lozano Castillo, Jered Burchard, Tony Rincon, and Dartanian Danks. Teamworks B includes David Mercado, Kevin Molinero, Nick Tarantino, and Marshawn Curlee. Teamworks groups were tasked to build a structure including framing, siding, plumbing, masonry and electrical in 14 hours over a two-day time frame.
Individual competitors included MHS Students Adrian Garcia, Matthew McClellan, Matthew Tarantino, and Trevor Keck. The individuals were instructed to build a structure including framing, hip roof, facia and siding. Students were given blueprints and tasked with building the project from the ground up.
Teamworks A took gold and Teamworks B took bronze for the State of California. Adrian Garcia, who competed in the individual competition, took Bronze for the State of California. The A team will advance to the national competition taking place in Kentucky in June.