BILLERICA, MA — Sixty-eight students from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School competed in the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills State Conference last week, with 30 bringing home medals.
Eighteen students won gold, 10 students earned silver and two students received bronze.
“We won 63 medals at the district competition and we won 30 here at the state competition,” said Heidi Lloyd, SkillsUSA chapter advisor at Shawsheen. “It shows that the quality of education they are getting at Shawsheen is phenomenal.”
“The teachers are so dedicated and the kids really want to do this,” she added. “They are thirsting for knowledge and it is so wonderful to have students who are so interested in what you are teaching.”
The students who won gold will move on to compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June, where they will compete against 6,000 other students.
The competition included a wide spectrum of technical competencies including: automotive restoration, basic health care, carpentry, CNC machining, entrepreneurship, health knowledge, masonry, medical terminology, promotional bulletin board design, screen print technology, T-shirt design, and technical computer applications.
Shawsheen Tech students who earned gold medals, and qualified for the nationals, include: Megan Brown, of Billerica, for Basic Health Care Skills; Emily Ovesen of Burlington, for Cosmetology; Christopher Spurrell, of Billerica, for Electrical Construction Wiring; Matthew Callahan, of Billerica, Noah Canto, of Tewksbury, Marissa Kearney, of Billerica, and Jacqueline Woodward, of Billerica, for Entrepreneurship; Elaina Cobb, of Billerica, Sarah Constantino, of Tewksbury, Michelle Chen, of Wilmington, Leah Veloz, of Tewksbury, for Health Knowledge Bowl; Grace Clark, of Bedford, for Non-Traditional Masonry; Shaunna Ford, of Billerica, for Screen Print Technology; Connor Roy, of Billerica, for Team Works Carpenter; Jessica Cacciola, of Billerica, for Team Works Electrician; James Alagna, of Billerica, for Team Works Mason; Madison Musto, of Wilmington, for Team Works Plumber; and Benjamin Quattrocchi, of Billerica, for Technical Computer Applications.
Shawsheen Tech students who earned silver medals include: Erica Schafer, of Billerica, for Basic Health Care Skills; Brian Clark, of Billerica, for CNC Turning; Emily Morris, of Burlington, for Dental Assistant; Taylor Bellavia, of Tewksbury, for Extemporaneous Speaking; Rachel Conway, of Tewksbury, for Masonry; Joseph Genetti, of Billerica, for Medical Assisting; Mackenzie Cassidy, of Billerica, for Medical Terminology; and Kayla Caulfield, of Billerica, Rachel Warren, of Wilmington, and Marcella Young, of Billerica, for Promotional Bulletin Board.
Shawsheen Tech students who earned bronze medals include: Luke Duprez, of Billerica, for Diesel Equipment; and Alysha Cushing; of Billerica, for Masonry.
Marcella Young of Billerica was also awarded a silver medal for both the pin and T-shirt design for the state T-shirt in January.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)