La Porte High School auto refinishing students won 10 of the top 11 awards at the District 8 Leadership and Skills Competition Conference Feb. 17 and 18 at San Jacinto College-South. The students, under the direction of Valentin Trevino, earned the district championship for the fourth consecutive year.
Senior Dalia Mendiola won first place in the Year 2 competition after earning first place in the Year 1 contest last year. Other Year 2 winners were Devin Davis, second place; Damian Gracia, fourth; Fabian Lopez, fifth; and Jarid Penn, sixth.
In the Year 1 competition, Matthew Lambeth-Klink won first place. Other Year 1 winners were Autumn Holloway, second; Kimberly Savell, third; Austin Thompson, fourth; and Jonathan Flores, fifth.
Dalia and Matthew will now advance to the state competition to be held March 21-24 in Corpus Christi.
In 2011, LPHS senior Kolten Dunkerson emerged as the national champion in SkillsUSA auto refinishing after winning first place at the district and state levels. He earned fourth place at nationals during his junior year.