This summer, two brothers attending Southern Adventist University received gold medals at the SkillsUSA National Championships held in Atlanta. Allen and Brandon Gustrowsky, a sophomore and computer science junior, participated in the college division for web design and development.
“We are very proud of Allen and Brandon’s achievement,” said Rick Halterman, PhD, Dean of the School of Computing. “Special thanks to their trainer, 22-year-old Dakota Cookenmaster, and Professor Robert Ordoñez, who coaches our SkillsUSA section.”
The annual SkillsUSA National Conference is a showcase of career and technical education where this year more than 5,200 outstanding career and technical education students – all state competition winners – competed in 108 different business, technical and leadership fields. .
The Gustrowsky brothers qualified for the national championship by winning first place in the Tennessee competition. At this event, students from the South won first and second place, with junior computer science majors Simon Sierra and Adrian Morales receiving silver.
The national competition involved each team completing an interview and written test, as well as building a website from start to finish in six hours.
“It felt good to walk away knowing that we had built an organized, clean, solid website on its fundamentals,” Allen Gustrowsky said. “I left with good memories of the week of competition.
“We finished without wasting time; I remember rushing for the last 10 minutes to add a few little features to hopefully give our website a fighting chance for second place,” said Brandon Gustrowsky. “Receiving the gold medal on stage in front of an audience of 10,000 is an experience I will never forget.”