Students take home medals at SkillsUSA
On Feb. 1 at Agri-Plex in Allentown, more than 400 students competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. This Showcase of Skills provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.
District gold medal winners advance to state and potentially national competitions. This year, the SkillsUSA Council partnered with postsecondary educational institutions and area businesses to award more than $167,000 in scholarships and prizes to the medalists of eight competitions.
Following the competition, students and their families gathered at Parkland High School to hear the results of the day’s competitions and, for the winners, to receive their medals. The energy level was high as the students celebrated a great day of competition.
Gold medal winners will represent District 11 at the state competition in Hershey in April.
Contestants were from the following area career and technical schools:
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS)
Career Institute of Technology (CIT)
Colonial Academy (CA)
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI)
Monroe Career & Technical Institute (MCTI)
Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS)
BAVTS winners from Northampton Area School District are:
Genna Wetzel, graphic communications
Tyrus Bahrman, industrial motor control
Paige Hoff, culinary arts
Vince Rossi, electrical construction wiring
Justin Dean, firefighting
Kolton Mast, precision machining technology
Ali Laurent, advertising design
Anthony Fronti, CNC milling specialist
Samuel Costenbader, electronics technology
Austin Kern, first aid/CPR
Gabrielle Kowalchuk, job skill demonstration open