On Monday, June 20, 2022, seven students from Cumberland County Schools (5 from Jack Britt High School and 2 from Pine Forest High School) began their trip to Atlanta, Georgia for the SkillsUSA National Competitions. Just to be in that group meant you had already competed and placed first in category at the SkillsNC Competitions.
The contest requires contestants to understand the new industrial discipline of “mechatronics,” the ability to understand complex systems that integrate various elements in the mechanical, fluid power, and controls domain, combined with the ability to work in a team environment. Mechatronic specialists must have well-developed skills in pneumatic technology, electrical and electronics systems, mechanical systems, and general automation techniques and practices, including systematic troubleshooting methods. Contestants are required to assemble, adjust, and test an automated machine system, troubleshoot, and take a comprehensive written test. High school teams of two compete in a construction phase and a troubleshooting phase, as well as an oral interview.
Jack Britt High students, Afifah Amjad and Luke Frassel (pictured l-r), worked several afternoons throughout the year and were two of the youngest competitors in their event. They will both be juniors next year.
On Friday evening, the State Farm Arena in Atlanta filled with over 12,000 contestants, advisors, and chaperones. The top three names with the state outlines were projected on the jumbotron and those students were asked to go to the back of the stage. Afifah and Luke were awarded the 3rd Place Medal in Mechatronics at the SkillsUSA National Competition. We are thankful to the sponsors - Harbor Freight, Nissan, and Nestle for their generous gifts to the students for their effort.
Congratulations Afifah and Luke!