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Lodi High, Tokay students take state drafting contest by storm

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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:00 pm

At 18 years of age Lodi High senior Greg Foster has already established himself as a well-known local artist.

His tools are not paintbrushes and pallets, but rulers and protractors. His subject could be a shopping mall, a hotel or a simple machine part.

He is an engineering hopeful, a member of Lodi High's Skills USA club who will soon represent California in a national drafting competition.

Results at a glance
California Skills USA Vica Clubs
Introductory Drafting "A" 9-10 Grade
Name Grade Medal School
Neuvert, Garret 9 Gold Lodi
Iturraran, Thomas 9 Silver Tokay
Babaoka, Andrew 9 Bronze Tokay
Introductory Drafting "B" 11-12 Grade
Thomas, Cassidy 12 Silver Lodi
Gibson, Alicia 12 Bronze Tokay
Introductory (CAD) - Computer Drafting
Velez, Jason 12 Gold Tokay
Cox, Josh 12 Bronze Tokay
Technical Drafting Manual
Truong, Anh 12 Gold Tokay
Lawson, Ian 11 Silver Lodi
Technical Drafting, (CAD) - Computer Drafting
Hettervik, Adam 12 Silver Tokay
Conley, Andrew 11 Bronze Lodi
Technical Drafting, Combination
Foster, Greg 12 *Gold Lodi
Wong, Ben 11 Silver Lodi
Architectual Drafting Manual
Avitra, Rocky 11 Gold Tokay
Ho, Be 10 Silver Tokay
Wong, Derek 11 Bronze Tokay
Architectural Drafting CAD
Boccia, Gino 12 Gold Lodi
MacDonald, Ben 12 Silver Tokay
Introductory Power Equipment Technology
Mason, Randall 10 Gold Bear Creek
Related Tech Math
Bruns, Jonathan 11 *Gold Bear Creek
Quiz Bowl - Team Event
Cho, Cynric 11 Bronze Bear Creek
Spatola, Chris 11 Bear Creek
Bruns, Jonathan 11 Bear Creek
Tran, Minh 11 Bear Creek
Wei, Tien 11 Bear Creek
*Recipients are now eligible to compete at the National Skills USA-Vica Leadership and Skills USA Championships that will be held in Kansas City, Mo., June 20 to 24, 2005.

Gordon, along with fellow Lodi Unified high school students, annihilated competitors from throughout the state last week at the California Skills USA competition, where students' drafting and architectural design skills were put to the test.

Out of 27 possible medals in nine categories to be won, Tokay and Lodi High netted an astonishing 18 medals.

Larry Boccia, whose son Gino won a gold medal in computer-assisted architectural drafting, said his son was thrilled to be a part of that victory.

Tokay High's adviser Peter Purdy said he was tremendously proud of the team members from his school, who earned 11 medals over all and completely swept one architecture category.

"My kids are proud of themselves," he said. "They did a good job."

At the competition, students were given four hours to complete drafting plans given only a set of dimensions.

Some students competed in computer-assisted drawing, while others put pencil to paper for the manual drawing competitions.

Lodi High drafting teacher and Skills USA adviser Paul Guthrie said many kids prefer mouse and monitor to pencil and paper, though manual drafting is seen as more of an art form.

Some students, like Foster, are blessed with an equal talent in both. He has medalled at the state level all four years he's drafted for Lodi High. This year will be his second time competing at the national level.

"I like that it's a competition where you get to use your skills and knowledge," Foster said. "It's not about how athletic you are."

The Lodi High senior added that he sees Skills USA as more than just a club. To him, it is training for the future. With his sights set on a career in mechanical engineering, Foster says the work he's doing now is sure to bring him the skills he needs to do well on the job.

In the meantime, he will continue to perfect his unique, but under-appreciated art style.

"Most people don't see it as an art until they see you do it," Foster said.

Contact reporter Sara Cardine at sarac@lodinews.com.

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