Sam Pelelo-Ray from HBK’s Iowa City Office SkillsUSA Qualifier


Sam Pelelo-Ray, from HBK’s Iowa City office, will be participating in the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, KY on June 23 – 26, 2015. Sam qualified for the national competition by winning the Iowa championships in April 2015.  Contestants will use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings using CAD or SketchUp. The contest tests the contestants’ problem solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills.

This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2014, there were nearly 6,000 contestants in 98 separate events with nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Sam graduated from the Architectural Technologies program at Kirkwood Community College and joined HBK Engineering in May 2015.