MHS students show skills at state


by: Submitted Photo - Madras High students at the competition, from left, Laura Garcia, Ana Gonzalez, Leslee Henderson, Melissa Buhlinger, Taylor Ellenburg, Milagro Gonzalez,  and John Hernandez.

   Twelve Madras High School Career and Technical Education students recently competed in the SkillsUSA State Contests, and once again all competitors placed in the top six in at least one contest.
   On March 31, the SkillsUSA State Graphic Communication contest was held for the second year at Madras High School. The following students placed: first -- Zach Miller; second -- Aaron St. John; third -- Kody Turner; fourth -- John Hernandez; fifth -- Colton Stiffarm; and sixth -- Venses Velasquez.
   As a first place winner in the state contest, Zach Miller qualified and will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 19-24. The conference is a showcase for career and technical education students.
   Six more SkillsUSA members placed at the official Oregon State Leadership Contest, held at Sabin-Schellenberg Technical Center in Milwaukie, Ore., April 8-9.
   Melissa Buhlinger and Leslee Henderson placed second in Promotional Bulletin Board, and third place winners were Taylor Ellenburg and Milagro Gonzalez. Laura Garcia placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Related Technical Math. In the Web Design contest, Taylor Ellenburg and Ana Gonzalez placed third, and Melissa Buhlinger and Leslee Henderson took fourth.
   Freshman Natalie Shipp was awarded a gold medal for the state T-shirt/pin design contest. Her Oregon SkillsUSA winning design will be featured on the Oregon national delegates' official state T-shirts and Oregon trading pins.
   For this year's trip to nationals, Miller continues to raise money. Anyone interested in donating to help him may contact Sue Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Colleen Fletcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Madras High School at 541-475-7265.
   SkillsUSA is a national student leadership club formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). Any former VICA or SkillsUSA members are encouraged to join as SkillsUSA alumni. You can also sign up for a free alumni membership at