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6 drafting students qualify for state competition
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Seven drafting students in Sam Dolson’s classes took part in the Skills USA regional competition held Saturday at Central Valley High in Ceres. Of the seven, six including Tosha Marty, Adam Smith, Devan Heuple, Joshua King, Alek Albrecht, and JT Owensby qualified for the state event in Fresno scheduled April 23 through 26. - photo by Photo Contributed
Six drafting students from the Manteca Unified School District qualified for the 42nd Annual State Leadership Conference / SkillsUSA Championship in Fresno.

Tosha Monty, Joshua King, Devan Heuple, Alek Albrecht, JT Owensby and Adam Smith earned medals at the regional event held Saturday at Central Valley High in Ceres.

“The top four places qualified for state,” said teacher Sam Dolson, who teaches drafting classes at both Manteca High and the Regional Occupational Program at Lindbergh Educational Center.

The state SkillsUSA championship is scheduled on April 23 through 26 at the Fresno Convention Center.

Altogether, Manteca Unified had seven students take part in the regional competition, with six advancing to state event.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure a skilled work force.

This national nonprofit organization helps prepare both high school and college students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA was formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or VICA.