The Sonora High School SkillsUSA team competed in the annual District 2 SkillsUSA competition Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, at the West Texas Training Center in San Angelo.

Seventeen of the 33 students competing in the against challengers from 20 area schools are advancing to the state competition this April 4 through April 7, in Corpus Christi.

This is the second year Sonora has been a part of this opportunity. Students earned multiple awards while competing in a variety of events.

Recognized with special honors, AJ Lopez, Chance Anderson and Daniel Gonzales were awarded Best of Show Welding Exhibit. Additionally, Manuel Montoya earned Overall Best of Show Exhibit.

These students advanced to the state contest.

Brandee Peaslee, SkillsUSA Advisor, said the opportunity for high school students to participate in the event is both fun and unique.

“Not only is it fun to participate and compete, but it is a huge and proud moment for these high school students to advance to the next level,” Peaslee said.

Also picking up honors for State Qualifiers exhibits was Adrian Lonoria, Wood project, Brijida Garza, Photo Panel, Daisy Fuentes, Photo Panel, Fernanda Lozano, Photo Panel, Samantha Escamilla, Photo Panel and Mariana Montoya, Commercial Baking Exhibit.

Additional top place awards include:

First Aid/CPR:
Sheridan Walther, 3rd
Promotional Bulletin Board:
Belle Arispe, Jacky Galindo and Tias Gaytan, 2nd

Job Interview:
Perla Salazar, 1st
Rivers Martinez, 2nd
Analy Palacios, 3rd

T-shirt design:
Nolan Kincancon, 1st
Tias Gaytan, 2nd
Esmeralda Salazar, 3rd

Pin Design:
Daisy Fuentes, 3rd

Customer Service:
Payton Dawson, 1st

Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl:
Harley Daniels, Jayde Bean, Sarah Kimbrell and Destiny Garcia, 2nd

Technical Computer Application:
Melanie Perez, 1st

Computer Programming:
Nolan Kincanon, 1st
Harrison Peaslee, 2nd

All of the students deserve commendation for their hard work and accomplishments.