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JHS SkillsUSA Team Places 7th in the Nation

The JHS SkillsUSA Team

Jacksonville High School’s SkillsUSA team took 7th place in the nation in the Teamwork Competition at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky this summer.  

The SkillsUSA Teamwork competition is a three and a half day event where four team members are given a set of building plans to execute. Within these plans, skills such as carpentry, framing, plumbing, masonry, electrical wiring and site maintenance are required to place.   

The JHS teams competes at SkillsUSA in Kentucky

Javier Ferreiro, 11th grade, Justin Fried, 12th grade , Colton Tom, 10thgrade, and Nicolas Aragona 11th grade, worked together to take home the State of North Carolina’s SkillsUSA Teamwork competition earning them a berth in the National competition.   

The National SkillsUSA competition is held every year for high school CTE students from all 50 states, The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  For the past several years the competition has taken place in Louisville, Kentucky.   

Jacksonville has sent a team to the national competition in 7 of the last 8 years where they placed in the top 25 in the nation for 6 of those years. 

Kenny Kellum, carpentry teacher and coach for the Jacksonville team, commented about his winning team, saying, “They are just a good group of kids who are committed to doing a great job. This competition makes me really proud of these boys, and also for the community. Through our CTE courses, we are training highly skilled builders and this something we really can use in our community.” 

The JHS team at the SkillsUSA competition in Kentucky

Congratulations to the JHS SkillsUSA team on a job well done!