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LCC students head to state SkillsUSA competition

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By Jesse Gallegos
Luna Community College

Over the years, Luna Community College has had great representation at the New Mexico Skills USA competition in Albuquerque. This year, the local community college will be sending one of its largest groups.

Thirty-five students and advisers have officially registered for the event which will be held from today (Wednesday) to Saturday in Albuquerque.

“This just goes to show the ambition that Luna Community College students have,” said LCC Auto Collision Repair Instructor and SkillsUSA Board Member Anthony Baca. “They’re not intimidated to compete against other students from across the state. It’s a positive event for Luna Community College.”

Students have registered in the areas of carpentry, collision repair technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, dental assisting, nail care, automotive service technology and commercial baking.

“This type of representation speaks well for Luna Community College programs and their advisers,” said  Baca. “As a board member, I am very proud to be part of Luna Community College and see our students out there competing to be the best. I know that all advisers are proud and enthused.”

Luna Community College participants are: Chris Arellanes, carpentry;  Anthony Baca, adviser; Max Bustamante, collision repair technology; Danielle Carpenter, cosmetology; Chris Castellano, courtesy corps; Maria Chavez, dental assisting; Lonnie Clark, culinary arts; Steven Desanto, delegate; Jon Adam Dimas, collision repair technology.

Joseph Esquibel, courtesy corps; Monica Garcia, dental assisting; Kimberly Gonzales, nail care model; Krystal Marquez, courtesy corps; Amanda Leora Martinez, cosmetology; Devinn Martinez, dental assisting; Frances Martinez, nail care; Gilbert Martinez, adviser; Adrian Montoya, culinary arts; Joseph Montoya, adviser; Adrienne O’Brien, adviser; Dawna Ortega-Gallegos, adviser; Leah Ortiz, dental assisting.

Gloria Pacheco, adviser; Johnny Romero, delegate; Roger Romero, automotive service technology; Eugene Sandoval, adviser; Germaine Sandoval, adviser; Amanda Silva, cosmetology; Julie Silva, dental assisting; Jonathan Solano, carpentry; Terri Stafford, commercial baking; Juan Torres, carpentry; Rachel Trujillo, dental assisting; Carlos Urioste, collision repair technology and Patrick Villanueva, courtesy corp.

“It’s a good feeling to see your students compete at the state level,” said Baca.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers along with high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations including health occupations.