by Daisy Robledo
It was April 8, 2015, when Mr. Gabaldon (a.k.a Mr. G) and 22 other people took a trip to Albuquerque to the New Mexico Skills USA Leadership State Conference and Competition for the fifth consecutive time.
Mr. Gabaldon drove a Suburban carrying six students involved in the Skills USA club and/or the BPA club. The reason for them not taking a bus like the rest of the students was because they had to carry all their A/V equipment to compete.
“I’m not trying to break what’s left of my back,” said Mr. G.
Although they traveled in different vehicles, all 19 students and four teachers spent four days at the same Fair Field Marriott motel, then on the ninth of April they took off to several meetings.
On the tenth of April, when the competition for everyone who was competing was held at the Central New Mexico University, the CHS Broadcast News team earned a Gold medal in the Broadcast Journalism division.
“Being state champ just feels good. The trip is always fun, and it’s a great experience,” said senior Israel Hernandez. Senior Leo Moreno added, “It was fun, and it was nice to take away this first place from my bucket list.”
Other Lobos scooped up several awards: Jorge Rutiaga, a Lobo senior earned a Silver Medal in the Automotive Competition; Esmeralda Acencio, a junior earned a Gold Medal in the Early Childhood competition; Taran Mays earned a Bronze Medal in the Automotive competition; Cristal Hernandez earned a Bronze Medal in the Early Childhood competition and the CHS Criminal Justice team earned a Gold Medal in the Criminal Justice Investigation competition.
Mr. G and his pack of Lobos are already planning to bring Chaparral more medals next year.