Local student goes to national competition

Friday, August 10, 2018

Seroberto Moreno, 20, of Culleoka, TN, recently participated in the SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest skill competition in the world.

Seroberto was a competitor in the Job Skills Demonstration A competition The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY, took place June 27-28, 2018, as part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Seroberto is enrolled in the Information Technology and Infrastructure Management program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville (TCAT Shelbyville) and is a graduate of the Industrial Maintenance Automation program at TCAT Shelbyville’s Lewisburg campus. “We are very proud of Seroberto’s accomplishments,” said Laura Monks, President at TCAT Shelbyville. “He worked extremely hard and is a true champion in his dedication to excellence in his trade and leadership skills.”

During the national competition, Seroberto and other students from across the country worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Top student winners received gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for middle school, high school, and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

High scorers in the contests, including Seroberto, received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967.