Lodi High's decorated SkillsUSA team will once again send a student to the national competition.
Senior Brian Nolton won a gold medal in technical drafting at the SkillsUSA state tournament earlier this month in Fresno.
A third-year drafting student, Nolton will travel to Kansas City, Mo. to compete for the national title.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that Brian is going to Kansas City," said Paul Guthrie, drafting teacher at Lodi High School.
Guthrie said Nolton's experience working as a draftsman for Valley Iron helped give him the experience he needed to succeed.
Three more students medaled in the state competition, sweeping the technical design category.
Seniors Madie Farmer, 17, Caitlyn Hartman, 17, and Alaina Barnes, 18, won gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, making it the first time that Lodi High has swept a category at the state level.
Guthrie said the problems given to the students during the competition really tested their skills and gave them a chance to appreciate the long hours of preparation they spent in the classroom.
"It's been a wonderful run with these kids," Guthrie said, noting that the students themselves challenged him to come up with new and interesting ideas for projects.
Of his team as a whole, Guthrie said, "Great bunch of students, probably the best group of students that I've taken to state."