BILLERICA, MA — 28 members of Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School’s SkillsUSA chapter earned gold, silver or bronze medal at the 43rd annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held April 27 and 28 at Blackstone Valley Technical High School.
Wilmington medalists included:
- Olivia Brooks, Promotional Bulletin Board, gold
- John Miller, Entrepreneurship, gold
- Melissa Rocchini, Nail Care Model 3808, silver
- Brooke Cleary, Screen Print Technology, silver
These students were among the more than 2,200 students from career and technical education high schools at the event organized by the Massachusetts Chapter of SkillsUSA, transformed the fieldhouse at the Upton Mass regional technical high school into a sea of red and white blazers and shirts, the official attire of Skills USA, as the participants waited for the start of the skills competitions.
In total, 71 students from Shawsheen Tech in Billerica joined their peers for an Olympic-style competition composed of 100 individual and team events. At stake for these competitors, all of whom arrived at this competition at Blackstone Valley via their earlier successes at district competitions, was the opportunity to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in a month’s time.
Medals were awarded to students in events that cover a wide spectrum of technical competencies: automotive restoration, basic health care, carpentry, CNC machining, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, health knowledge, masonry, medical math, medical terminology, nail care, promotional bulletin board design, screen print technology, T-shirt design, technical computer applications, and welding sculpture. Competition in these categories and dozens more like them often take hours to complete under the supervision of judges and SkillsUSA officials.
The medalists from Shawsheen Tech now prepare for their next challenge, the national competition.
(NOTE: The above press release is form Shawsheen Tech.)