At the SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach this past weekend, 15 students represented Northern Virginia Community College: 13 won gold medals for NOVA and 2 won silver!
Each of the gold medalists were declared State Champions in their respective competitive events (including Cybersecurity, Computer Programming, Engineering Technology Design, Information Technology Services, and more) and qualify for the National SkillsUSA Conference in June in Atlanta.
Overall there were 10 individual champions and 2 team champions (a two-person team and a three-person team). Here are the winning NOVA students and their events:
|Competition||# on team||NOVA Student/SKILLSUSA Member||SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference 2023 Placement|
|Computer Programming||1||Soham Nawthale||State Champion|
|Related Technical Math||1||Tanjim Redhwan||State Champion|
|Cybersecurity||2||Chimere Nzedu||State Champion|
|Cybersecurity||2||Ardian Peach||State Champion|
|Engineering Technology Design||3||Maddie Gebremichael||State Champion|
|Engineering Technology Design||3||Kanykei Korosheva||State Champion|
|Engineering Technology Design||3||Nathaniel Bunger||State Champion|
|Internet of Things||1||Jonathan Solomon Gebremichael||State Champion|
|Extemp Speaking||1||Dhyuthi Chegu||State Champion|
|First Aid CPR||1||Cindy Tran||Silver Medalist|
|First Aid CPR||1||Nora Kaup||State Champion|
|Information Technology Services||1||Alyssa Vasilica||Silver Medalist|
|Principles of Engineering||1||Takeshi Tamashiro-Pardo*||State Champion|
|Telecommunications & Cabling||1||Claudio Molina||State Champion|
The State Leadership Conference provided students with the opportunity to utilize the technical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve problems and apply what they learned (with coaching and advising from industry professionals) in a competition environment. Now they have the opportunity to represent NOVA on the national stage!