The 34th Annual Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition took place at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock on Thursday, giving area students the opportunity to explore future careers and compete against other schools to see who has best mastered Career Technical Education skills like repairing small engines, identifying different flowers and even building robots.
Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, The Gallo Foundation, Modesto Junior College and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, the event first began in the 1980s and this year saw 770 students participate in 19 competitive events.
Students from both Pitman and Turlock high schools put their best foot forward in the competition this year, with a total of 21 individual students or teams placing in events. THS brought home six first place awards: Jared Hack, Ag Engineering/Construction Trades; Jace Jantz, Agricultural Equipment Technology; Maria Cervantez, Floriculture; Robert Engenio, Pitsco Drag Racing Light Weight; Roberto Ramirez, Pitsco Drag Racing Heavy Weight; Dominic Manriquez, Welding, as well as seven second place awards and five third place awards. PHS finished first in two events: Ramika Govergezy, Criminal Justice; Sophia Anderson, Salad Preparation and Display, and came in second in another.