Kameron Smith ranks 13th in the state in drafting. The Lodi High School senior recently took first place in two industrial arts competitions and is headed to a state competition this month.
He will be joined by fellow SkillsUSA club members Adam Robinson and Anthony Hughes. All three received gold medals at the January competition held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
Hughes, also a senior, has been a drafting student and studied technical drafting and architectural design. He will use a Computer Aided Drafting/Design workstation, according to Industrial arts teacher Paul Guthrie, who led the team to victory.
Robinson, a junior, is an introductory drafting student and will compete in Introductory Drafting “B” for 11th and 12th grade students using a CADD workstation.
Smith is the only three-time regional winner. When he was a sophomore, he started competing in drafting events. That year, he took second place at both SkillsUSA Regionals and at Delta Engineering Day in manual drafting.
“I came back my junior year and got to compete on the computers with the big dogs, and I took first place at SkillsUSA Regionals and first place at Delta Engineering Day,” he said in an email.
The wins advanced all three students to compete at the state level. The competition will be held in San Diego on April 28 to 31.
Smith qualified to go to San Diego after once again clenching first place at regionals and besting peers from Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.
“Now I am a senior and back to win state,” Smith said, adding that he’s using a new program, Autodesk Inventor 2011, which he’s been trying to master for two years. “This program will help me be faster and more proficient during the grueling four-hour competition. ... I have been working every day to try and take the cake this year.”
Last year, eight Lodi High students attended the state championships after besting their peers at a competition in Ceres.
SkillsUSA is a national organization with more than 300,000 members. It promotes career technical education through leadership and technical skill competitions.
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