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TSTC student Reymundo Salinas (right) was a silver medalist in the Medical Terminology category at the recent 59th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo courtesy of TSTC)
TSTC student Reymundo Salinas (right) was a silver medalist in the Medical Terminology category at the recent 59th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo courtesy of TSTC)

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HARLINGEN, Texas – Texas State Technical College student representative Reymundo Salinas recently attained excellence at the 59th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Salinas earned a silver medal in the Medical Terminology category. It was the Harlingen resident’s second year in a row to win that distinction.

Salinas was among more than 20 students from TSTC’s Brownwood, East Williamson County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater and Waco campuses who competed against the nation’s best in events such as Aviation Maintenance, Cabinetmaking, and Electronics Technology. The students became eligible to represent Texas by placing high enough at the SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference held in April in Houston.

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Isaac Gonzalez, TSTC’s SkillsUSA statewide coordinator, said having Salinas represent TSTC at the national level again was gratifying.

“It was an honor to witness his commitment and pride and contribute to the SkillsUSA legacy,” Gonzalez said.

Salinas, who is studying for a certificate of completion in Vocational Nursing, was thrilled to represent TSTC again at the national competition.

“I had goosebumps when my name was announced,” he said. “It felt reminiscent of last year’s competition, but this time the arena was much louder.”

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He said one factor that led to his success was strategic studying.

“The game plan was to take many practice tests and reinforce what I missed,” he said. “Based on what I missed, my SkillsUSA advisor (Beyda Ramirez) created a lesson plan and retested me on those areas.”

Salinas said he is thankful for her guidance and coaching.

“Mrs. Ramirez is an excellent mentor, and any student who follows her lead will be in great hands,” he said.

Ramirez, a TSTC Health Information Technology instructor, said Salinas’ achievement at the competition showed his commitment and preparedness.

“I suggested that Reymundo concentrate on review sheets of medical word parts that I updated throughout the years,” she said. “We also reviewed anatomy and physiology information that helped him get ready for the competition. I am proud of what he has accomplished.”

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit professional organization founded in 1965 that teaches employability, leadership and technical skills that can help middle school, high school and college students pursue successful careers and be part of a skilled workforce.

For more information on SkillsUSA, go to skillsusa.org.

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