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STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL HONORS FOR TECHNICAL SKILLS

Recent graduate receives gold medal for computer maintenance technology. Guilford County Schools (GCS) students have taken top honors this summer at two national competitions focused on career and technical education (CTE) programs. Brian Hogan, a recent graduate of Southeast High and a Weaver Academy student, received a gold medal in Computer Maintenance Technology during the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in late June. In the Computer Maintenance Technology contest, competitors are asked to identify and repair computer hardware malfunctions, solve configuration problems and install components. Brian's teacher at Weaver Academy is Reza Mohammadi. Skills USA is a national organization for students in the trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. More than 5,900 students competed in 98 fields. Brian and Munir Sultan, a rising senior at Southern High, also placed sixth in the nation in network design during the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national conference. Brian and Munir competed under the guidance of Weaver Academy teacher Debra Ramey. A second GCS team, consisting of Jacob Boersema and Hannah Strickland of Northwest High, took eighth place in the Entrepreneurship category. Their teacher is Keesha Sinclair. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, with 215,000 members in its high school division. Students must compete and place at the state level of competition to be eligible for the national competition.