by Myra Saturen; photos by SkillsUSA
December 04, 2012
In 2010 while still in high school, Daniel Berrios won a gold medal in cabinetmaking at the SkillsUSA championship in Las Vegas. By doing so, he became eligible for the international WorldSkills competition, to be held in Leipzig, Germany, in July 2013. Representatives from 26 countries will take part.
Now a computer aided design major at Northampton Community College, Berrios traveled to Brazil in November for a preliminary contest/practice session meant to accustom participants to hundreds of spectators and their cameras. At this staging ground -- as part of a team of 11 young craftspeople from the United States competing with students from Brazil, Japan, Canada, Ecuador, Costa Rica and other countries -- Berrios won more prizes: a gold medal for first place, and a best-of-competitors trophy.
The WorldSkills international competition is the pinnacle of a progressive series. Beginning with bouts between students from vocational-technical schools, the championships move up to the district, state, national, and international levels. Competitors must place first to go on to the next level. Berrios qualified for the international level with a small cabinet with a door, complex base, veneer diamond profile top and a handcut dovetail drawer. All of his work is crafted by hand, custom-made and one-of-a-kind.
Already employed as a computer designer, Berrios will graduate from NCC in June. He plans to work for a while, return to NCC for a second associate degree in engineering and then continue his education at a four-year school.
To read more about Daniel Berrios, see this previous story.
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