HILO — Two students in the Kea‘au High School Construction Academy, which is administered by Hawai‘i Community College, had successful showings at two competitions earlier this year.
Nicholas Moore and Baylen Guerrero participated in the statewide Skills USA competition in O‘ahu in February. Moore won the carpentry competition and Guerrero placed second in the cabinetmaking competition.
Both students had to follow a specified blueprint, and many difficult building concepts were incorporated in both categories.
“Both competitors showed their building and blueprint reading knowledge, which was gained through their various Hawai‘i Community College Construction Academy courses at Kea‘au High School,” said Grant Kaaua, a teacher in the Construction Academy.
Both students also entered the Hawai‘i Community College “Hand Tool Faceoff” in May. Guerrero took first place and Moore took second for the Building and Construction 2 students.
The Construction Academy was established in 2006 and now exists at 10 schools on Hawai‘i Island, giving students valuable educational experience and training and giving them the chance to earn college credit.