CSHS Game Design Team Wins SkillsUSA National Championship

By: College Station High School Email
By: College Station High School Email

The College Station High School SkillsUSA team of Samantha Villalobos, Pablo Villalobos, Kelvin Wang, and Tyler Johnson recently won the 2014 National Champion in Interactive Application & Video Game Development at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Kansas City, Mo.

The team's game, "Batventure" tells the story of an albino bat that has been abandoned by its family and must find its way through a cave, jungle, and city on its own. The free game can be downloaded from the Google play store.

Each team member received more than $11,000 in scholarships, software, and prizes, as well as a special invitation to attend an elite international gaming conference in Seattle this August.

In addition, five students from A&M Consolidated High School also participated in eight days of leadership training and competitions.

Sarah Ann Porter competed for two days against 30 other students from across the United States and placed 6th overall. She had to install virtual computers and operating systems, manage remote connections and create spreadsheets, program Access databases, configure email and create and present proposals.

Porter was also recognized at the opening ceremony for receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She volunteered over 100 hours of volunteer service that was recognized with a pin and a letter from President Obama.

David Holbrook, Patrick Diaz, Bryce Huebner and Amanda Herrera were nominated as official voting delegates and represented Texas in the SkillsUSA National Delegate meeting.

Students also participated in a recording for the new opening scene to Mike Rowe’s new TV Series: “Somebody has to do it” at the closing awards ceremony.

The SkillsUSA NLSC event held over 13,000 students, advisors and volunteers in attendance from all fifty states and territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Students competed in 99 different events making SkillsUSA the largest skilled and technical contest in the Nation.

SkillsUSA was named one of the top 10 public to private industry partnerships and the NLSC event boasts to have the single biggest day of corporate volunteerism in America. In addition, students ran the National Delegation meetings, attended SkillsUSA University and LEVERAGE Training, participated in a day of service to Kansas City, traveled to Worlds of Fun Amusement park and represented CSISD with great pride.

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