2009-09-17 / Local & State

Vo-Tech Student Takes The Gold


Justin Gordon Justin Gordon Justin Gordon, son of Brent and Rita Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg, and a recent Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School completer of the drafting and design program, earned first place in a SkillsUSA national scholarship competition. His entry design was of a construction/scientific calculator. The entry consisted of a 10- page detailed design of a calculator using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. Calculated Industries sponsored the $1,000 scholarship and praised Gordon on the amount of detail he expressed in his design. They also stated that his submission was thorough, and the benefits of each feature were well expressed.

Gordon was named McConnellsburg High School Class of 2009 valedictorian and is currently attending Penn State University College of Arts and Architecture, University Park Campus, where he plans to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in landscape architecture. He is also enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps and plans to become a commissioned officer of the United States Army.

Gordon has been a SkillsUSA member, through the FCAVTS, for the past two years. He was one of the first students to earn his certified architectural drafter certification by the American Design and Drafter Association through the FCAVTS in December 2008.

Calculated Industries is a leading manufacturer of specialty calculators and electronic tools and a SkillsUSA national sponsor. They offered a scholarship competition for secondary, postsecondary and vocational school students who are members of SkillsUSA. Student inventors were invited to submit an application that included a design for a new SkillsUSAtrade related hand-held calculator that would be useful to at least one of the trades represented by SkillsUSA. The Calculated Industries executives and the product development team chose the winners.

The winners of this year's scholarship competition were:

GOLD - $1,000: Justin Levi Gordon, Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School, Mc- Connellsburg; instructor/ advisor- Todd Wolford. Design - C62-Swingwing MX0214 (combination of a construction and scientific calculator).

Silver - $500: Kyle Jackson, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Ill. Instructor/advisor- Steve Skorup. Design - digital telescope gauge

Bronze - $250: Zechariah Wayne Hickam, Moberly Area Technical Center, Moberly, Mo. Instructor/advisor - Mr. Hawkins. Design - drafting/sketch pro.

Runner-up - $100 gift certificate at CI.com: Heather Martin, Pickaway-Ross CTC, Chillicothe, Ohio;

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit student organization that serves students enrolled in career and technical education training programs at the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible citizens.

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