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|
|Introductory Drafting "B" 11-12 Grade|
|Introductory (CAD) - Computer Drafting|
|Technical Drafting Manual|
|Technical Drafting, (CAD) - Computer Drafting|
|Technical Drafting, Combination|
|Architectual Drafting Manual|
|Architectural Drafting CAD|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.