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Local Students Compete at SkillsUSA State Contest

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Students show their winnings at SkillsUSA New Mexico’s State Conference. Left to right: Javez Lara-Mata, Ruidoso Downs; Josh Porras-Gonzalez, Alto; Haley Stucky, Ruidoso; Savannah Cummings, High Rolls; Lucas Medina, High Rolls; Anthony Mendez, Mescalero; and Angel Hernandez, Ruidoso Downs.

Seven ENMU-Ruidoso Students Earn Gold & Silver Awards at SkillsUSA State Contest

ENMU-Ruidoso’s SkillsUSA Chapter began this 2023-2024 school year. Students enrolled with the college trades programs were invited to participate in career trades skilled, soft-skills, and leadership contests and build their professional confidence along the way. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

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Luis Aguirre, Ruidoso, marks his metal project with Alejandro Alvarez, Ruidoso, during the welding contest at Ruidoso High School Nov. 11.
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Anthony Mendez, Mescalero, demonstrates safe climbing technique using a harness and cabled ladder at ENMU-Ruidoso during the Regional Contest.
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Diego Melendez, of Capitan High School, jokes with Judge Bonnie Torrez, ENMU-Ruidoso adult education instructor, as she tastes his exquisite culinary creations during the Regional Contest.

The ENMU-Ruidoso SkillsUSA chapter met the first Monday of the month to prepare for conferences and organize the inaugural chapter. Over 30 ENMU-Ruidoso students joined throughout the year and students practiced their contest details during their regularly scheduled trades classes such as nursing assistant, firefighting, welding, and job skills demonstration. Thirty-five students from ENMU-Ruidoso, Capitan, Ruidoso, and Cloudcroft high schools attended the Nov. 11 Regional Competition held on the college campus and at the Ruidoso High School Welding Shop. Twenty-one contest coordinators, judges, and student advisors also attended to support the eight contests that were hosted that day.

Photo of Suzannah Cummings in fire-fighting gear, connecting fire hoses
Suzannah Cummings, High Rolls, connects fire hoses in the snow Nov. 11 at the Regional Contest in Ruidoso.

The New Mexico State SkillsUSA Conference and Skilled Contests were held at Central New Mexico Community College and the Marriott Pyramid Conference Center in Albuquerque April 10-13, 2024. Cloudcroft High School instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Maria Crump brought two firefighting students. ENMU-Ruidoso Career and Technical Education Director John Rucker and Workforce Solutions Coordinator Dolores Herrera advised five students at the conference. Cloudcroft High School dual-credit students (students who are enrolled in high school and the college) Lucas Medina and Savannah Cummings from High Rolls, N.M. took the Gold and Silver in firefighting, respectively. ENMU-Ruidoso Pre-Med Student Haley Stucky of Ruidoso, earned the Silver in Job Skills Demonstration.

The ENMU-Ruidoso SkillsUSA chapter would like to thank everyone who supported the chapter’s inaugural year and especially those who advised, coordinated, and judged at the regional and state contests. We look forward to another successful year next academic year 2024-2025.