|Students Place at SkillsUSA State|
Students Earn Medals at SkillsUSA State Competition
CONCORD TWP. - Auburn Career Center students Williams Amaya, Mariana Ramirez and Julian Perez won the silver medal at the SkillsUSA state competition. They are students in Auburn’s Architecture Project Management program. Amaya and Ramirez are also students at Harvey High School and Perez attends Madison High School.
Their project was on energy efficiency.
“Most of the other teams focused on electrical and more expensive options. Most people can’t afford that. Our project focused on what can be done to a current home to make it more energy efficient,” said Amaya. “We showed how to use natural resources to save money and energy.”
“People can use landscaping to their advantage to reduce energy costs. You can shade your house by planting a tree on the west side of a house. This can reduce the temperature by as much as 25 degrees and allow you to turn down the air conditioning because the house will be cooler,” said Perez.
The group also suggested other ways to increase efficiency including using energy efficient light bulbs, using a water fountain in the house to lower humidity and using stone or brick walls on the outside of the house since they naturally trap heat allowing the house to stay warmer during the winter months.
“Our presentation broke the myth that energy efficient homes are expensive. By making simple changes, it can save you money over time,” said Ramirez.
The team was awarded the silver medal for their presentation in the SkillsUSA Career Pathways Showcase.
“It was nerve racking when the lights are on you when you are on stage. We feel very accomplished and proud. The Auburn class was cheering us on; that was pretty exciting,” said Ramirez.
“I’m definitely going to do it again next year. It’s a good experience for anyone,” said Perez.
Auburn’s Johannah Adkins of Chardon High School also placed at the SkillsUSA state competition. Adkins won the bronze medal for Extemporaneous Speaking.