High school students earn prestigious awards for skills


Students at Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South earned top prizes at the SKILLS USA State Competition held in Corpus Christi early this month.

For Harlingen High School, Christopher Saldivar earned a red second place ribbon for his graphic design project. Mario Andrade, Mari Balderas, Robert Benitez, Alejandra Cedillo, Dulce Cortinas, Julian Davidson, Octavio Deantes, Christian Gonzalez, Manuel Anthony Guillen, Jacquelynn Hulings, Katrina Johnson, John Lopez, Jordan Moreal, Jose Otero, Alma Torres, Salvador, Torres, David Villasana and Lawrence Clifford Watson earned a blue first place ribbon for their graphic design entries.

In addition, Watson earned the Best in Show ribbon and medal. For his project, he designed a game cover for a game console that included an informational pamphlet, an inside cover featuring the HHS football team, and a CD label.  He also earned fifth place in the Desktop Publishing category.

From HHSS, Alondra Herrera earned first place with a Superior Rating in Architecture Drafting. To complete her project, she picked a house that met a certain criteria and designed a comprehensive strategy. She created multiple plans for the project including a floor, elevation and electrical plan.

To qualify for the state competition, students had to earn one of the top four spots at the district competition in their respective category.

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