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Students Compete at SkillsUSA Regionals

4 FSDB students competing in the SkillsUSA Regional Photography competition

The FSDB Career Development Department is proud to recognize Blind High School and Deaf High School students who took on the challenge of participating in the regional SkillsUSA competition in Ocala on March 1, 2019. They competed at Marion Technical College against students from 11 northeast Florida high schools.

"We brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals!" said Career Development Director Andrea Armstrong.

"Our students began preparing for competition months ago, and many received medals and an invitation to State competition this April in Pensacola. When you see these young folks listed below, please be sure to give them accolades for taking on the challenge!"

Culinary Arts

Sean Candeleria (DHS)

Liam Von Mahr (DHS)

Extemporaneous Speaking

Veronica Hyatt (BHS) - 1st place

Samantha Washburn (DHS) - 2nd place

Prepared Speech

Brianna Lawson (BHS)

Meliora Hatcher (BHS) - 1st place

Tristan Ray (BHS) - 5th place


Jenny Cicio (DHS)

Roza Doci (DHS)

James Hunter (DHS) - 2nd place

Zhenling Martinez (DHS) - 3rd place

Nathan de los Reyes Diaz (DHS) - 4th place

Special thanks to the following FSDB SkillsUSA coaches and language facilitators who prepared students for this event!

Amanda Tapley – Photography coach

Kevin Voelker – Culinary Arts coach

James Crozier – Speech coach

Monica Griffey – Language facilitator/coach

Randi Mitchell – Language facilitator

Andrea Armstrong – Language facilitator


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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