by Lisa Tome
Everybody should have a friend like Ron Blankenship.
After Blankenship's friend Jakob Campbell earned the top award in a state contest, Blankenship is helping Campbell prepare for the next level of competition, the nationals.
The pair competed in the Maryland Skills USA Industrial Motor Control Competition at CAT-North in Severn on April 29.
Campbell won the gold medal and Blankenship earned the silver. Both are graduates of the Cecil County School of Technology's Heavy Industrial Maintenance program and they will graduate from North East High in less than a month.