Students Sweep SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Cake Decorating and Knife Skills Competitions

News Release
October 07, 2019

family and consumer sciences winnersStudents from the Fairfax County Public Schools Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) program returned victorious from the 2019 SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Cake Decorating and Knife Skills competition held at the Virginia State Fair in Doswell.  

Twenty students throughout the state of Virginia competed in the cake decorating competition. Of that total, seven Fairfax County students were award winners. Competitors were required to decorate a layer cake.  Thirty-four students from the state of Virginia competed in the knife skills competition. Of that total, four Fairfax county students were award winners. The knife skills competition required students to perform various knife cuts with precision. 

Student winners, from Edison Academy, in the cake decorating competition were Josephine Booth, who placed first and was awarded a $200 scholarship.  Aleiah Ali placed second, and Tatiana Enriquez placed fifth.  

Falls Church High School students Jazmin Diaz placed third, Allison Romero placed fourth, Mireylin Garcia placed sixth, and Maxi Liebisch placed tenth in cake decorating.  

Edison Academy student winners in the knife skills competition were Jaiden Baldwin, who finished in second place; Sebastian (Bas) Riesbeck, who finished fourth, and Alexey Todaro, tenth place finisher.
Falls Church High School student Kathy Vargas placed eighth in the knife skills competition.

group of studentsIn the Electrical Construction and Engineering - Electrical Wiring contest, Edison Academy students finished as follows:  Jonatan Marquez-Ramos of Edison High School, third place; and Marvin Pereira Hernandez of Edison High School, top ten. In the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration contest, Edison Academy students Joey Carty of the Nontraditional Career Readiness Academy and Orlando Martinez of Bryant High School both finished in the top ten.

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. The technical skills demonstrated through this student organization will contribute to their careers. 
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