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Occupational Olympics Team Brings Home Victory
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Shown are members of the Winners Circle for individual awards given at the 32nd Annual Stanislaus Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition hosted Thursday, March 30 at Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. In addition to claiming a total of 18 individual medals, Oakdale High School was named the Large School Overall Winner. - photo by Teresa Hammond/The Leader

The Oakdale High Mustangs continue to show those outside of the district that there is more to their grit than athletic ability.

On Thursday, March 30 the OHS Occupational Olympics team earned the Overall Large School Award in the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition hosted at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

“How could I not feel wonderful,” OHS Vice Principal Joni McGinnis said of the team’s victory. “I’m excited that our county still hosts something like this.”

Approximately 685 students from throughout the county participated in a total of 20 competitive events.

In addition to the overall award, OHS came home with 18 competitors placing in the top three of each event. Award recipients were as follows:

Ag Engineering/Construction Trades: Race McGinnis, Second Place.

Automotive Technology: Jonathan Byers, First; Lauren Wingfield, Second; Joshua Oliver-Frates, Third.

Introduction to Business Applications: Anne Homer, First; Calvin Reed, Second; Mikali Willis, Third.

Marketing Mathematics: Brandon Casteneda, Second; Jake Ryan, Third.

Medical Occupations: Kinsey Ollis, First; Kaitlyn Mast Gruidl, Second; Harold Fisher, Third.

Pitsco Drag Racing (light weight class): Conner Reed, Second; Hunter Falconi, Third.

Pitsco Drag Racing Design: Justin Green, First Place; Jake Murray, Third.

Video Game Design: Carson Frazee, First; Vincent Huynh, Third.


“Our Superintendent invests in our programs. Our teachers invest in our students,” McGinnis summarized, “and our students invest in their skills. I could not be more proud of these kids.”