Berrios wins WorldSkills Cabinetmaking trial event
August 16, 2011 | 11:09 am CDT
Wood Education Scholars Granted $33,500 by AWIEF
LAS VEGAS, NV — Following a tough competition held during the AWFS Fair, Daniel Berrios was named the winner of the 2011 WorldSkills cabinetmaking qualifying trial and will represent the United States in the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Germany.

The 19-year-old Berrios, a 2010 graduate from the cabinetmaking program at Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in Bethlehem, PA, competed against Kaydee Walters, a 2011 graduate from Tooele High School in Tooele, UT. Both students are gold medalists in SkillsUSA national cabinetmaking competitions.

Scott Phillips of TV's American Woodshop, whose appearance was sponsored by Delta, made the announcement. Delta will ship a Unisaw to Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School.

“I’m definitely excited,” said Berrios, after being named winner. “This has been a great experience.”

In addition to attending a local college, Berrios will spend the next year working with Rob Tobias, a cabinetmaking instructor at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA, in preparing for the next phase of competition.

Tobias also coordinated with AWFS on the qualifying trial, which was judged by Saul Martin, Architectural Woodworking Co., and Charles Wilson, Charles Wilson Millworks. Ada Kranenberg, SkillsUSA official delegate, also contributed her time for the event. Other supporters include the Architectural Woodwork Institute, Woodwork Career Alliance, as well as the following companies:
• Amana Tool Corp.
• Bessey Tools North America
• Bosch Power Tools & Accessories
• Colonial Saw Co. Inc.
• Delta Power Equipment Corp.
• Dixon Enterprises Inc.
• Festool USA
• Freeman
• General International Mfg. Co.
• Grex Power Tools
• Joos USA Inc.
• Kreg Tool Co.
• Powermatic
• Rockler Woodworking & Hardware
• Royal Plywood
• Senco Products
• Woodcraft

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