STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Shawsheen Tech Students Earn 101 Medals At Skills USA

Below is a press release from the Shawsheen Tech:

BILLERICA, MA – On Friday, March 13, 2020, Shawsheen Tech continued with its tradition of preparing and competing in the SkillsUSA District Competition. Historically, this competition is a multi- faceted opportunity for career and technical education students to test their knowledge, network with other students in the field of study and display their enthusiasm and love for career and technical education. Annually this event is held at Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School, with the hopes of qualifying for the State Competition held each April. With pending uncertainty and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shawsheen pivoted their approach and worked collaboratively and creatively to provide an opportunity for students to compete and participate, which is true trademark of the education and skills provided to Shawsheen students.

Learning on Wednesday that the conference was cancelled at Greater Lowell, SkillsUSA Advisors Heidi Lloyd and Karen Meister worked to develop and execute a plan to host the competition at Shawsheen Tech. By Friday morning, Shawsheen’s gymnasium was transformed into an organized conference space for the 171 students to test their knowledge and have the opportunity to compete! While state officials said the students did not need to be in official dress, the students voted to come prepared and each student came in official SkillsUSA dress. The conference was opened by Mackenzie Lavigne, a Grade 11 Graphic Communication student from Wilmington, who is running for state officer. Next, Bedford’s Grace Clark, a Grade 12 student from Masonry, sang the national anthem. Once the conference began, each student completed a written assessment in their technical/trade, an additional test for employability and SkillsUSA Knowledge, as well as an OSHA test in safety.

At the end of the day, Shawsheen brought home a total of 101 medals, including 40 gold medals, 33 silver medals and 28 bronze medals! All members of the Shawsheen community, including staff and students, are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

The medal winners are listed below, by grade, town, and competition.

Gold Medal Winners:

Kristian Aguilar, Grade 11, Billerica, in Automated Manual Technician-Machinist
Harry Apgar, Grade 10, Billerica, in Electronics Technology
Rosemary Brady, Grade 11, Billerica, in Diesel Equipment Technology
Haylee Canadas, Grade 11, Billerica, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Matthew Canadas, Grade 12, Billerica, in Mobile Robotic Technology
Zack Daneau, Grade 11, Billerica, in Automotive Service
Nicholas Danielson, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in CNC Technician
Madison Fusco, Grade 11, Wilmington, in Technical Drafting
Brooke Gerry, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Masonry
Brendan Gray, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Team Works – Plumber
Rachael Halas, Grade 11, Billerica, in Nursing Assisting
William Hartshorn, Grade 11, Burlington, in Electrical Construction Wiring
Jasin Hensley, Grade 11, Burlington, in Robotics & Automation Technician
Ryan Hureau, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in Automated Manual Technician-Machinist
Zachary Kelly, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Team Works – Carpenter
Mohammadali Khalifa, Grade 11, Billerica, in Robotics & Automation Technician Lilian LaRosa, Grade 12, Billerica, in Graphic Imaging Sublimation
Mackenzie Lavigne, Grade 11, Wilmington, in State Officer Candidate
Sarah Leary, Grade 10, Wilmington, in Commercial Baking
Cameron LeDoux, Grade 10, Billerica, in CNC Milling Specialist
Colin Lennon, Grade 12, Billerica, in Dental Assistant
Madeleine Matzke, Grade 12, Wilmington, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Nicole Metivier, Grade 11, Billerica, in Medical Assisting
Jason Moore, Grade 12, Wilmington, in Team Works – Mason
Antavious Nordquist, Grade 11, Bedford, in Architectural Drafting
Jordan Nott, Grade 12, Billerica, in Industrial Motor Control
Francis O’Conner, Grade 11, Billerica, in Power Equipment
Hailey Poirier, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in Basic Health Care Skills
Anthony Prezioso, Grade 11, Wilmington, in Carpentry
Katrina Realejo, Grade 10, Tewksbury, in First Aid/CPR
Connor Rich, Grade 12, Billerica, in Automated Manual Technician – Drafter
Cyrus Rich, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in Sheet Metal
Kevin Rivas-Merino, Grade 12, Bedford, in Culinary Arts
Taylor Sacco, Grade 12, Bedford, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Jessica Stevens, Grade 12, Wilmington, in Technical Computer
James Sweeney, Grade 12, Burlington, in Plumbing
Brayden Taylor, Grade 12, Billerica, in Mobile Robotic Technology
Katherine Toner, Grade 11, Billerica, in Health Knowledge Bowl
David Williams, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Team Works – Electrician
John Zembeck, Grade 10, Burlington, in Restaurant Service

Silver Medals Winners:

Kaitlyn Amidon, Grade 11, Billerica, in Nursing Assisting
Tyler Archibald, Grade 11, Burlington, in Industrial Motor Control
Brooke Bicknell, Grade 12, Billerica, in Medical Math
Joshua Cabral, Grade 12, Billerica, in Team Works – Electrician Brendan Chesebro, Grade 12, Billerica, in Electronics Technology
Sarah Comeau, Grade 11, Billerica, in Screen Printing
Tom Dalton, Grade 10, Wilmington, in Automotive Service
Elizabeth DeMole, Grade 12, Billerica, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Adam Gallagher, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in Team Works – Plumber
Ashley Gamache, Grade 10, Tewksbury, in Culinary Arts
Adam Kearns, Grade 11, Billerica, in Team Works – Mason
Amber Kelly, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Dental Assistant
Stephanie LaFond, Grade 11, Billerica, in First Aid/CPR
Raymond Legnon, Grade 11, Burlington, in Welding Sculpture
Madelyn Lipski, Grade 11, Wilmington, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Madison Logan, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Russell MacMillan, Grade 10, Tewksbury, in Computer Programming
Connor Maguire, Grade 11, Billerica, in Carpentry
Annalea Martins, Grade 12, Wilmington, in Basic Health Care Skills
Cailey McDevitt, Grade 10, Billerica, in Medical Terminology
Jacqueline Megna, Grade 11, Billerica, in Technical Computer
Madalena Navarrete, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Customer Service
Max O’Brien, Grade 11, Burlington, in Plumbing
Aaron Preziosi, Grade 11, Billerica, in Information Technology
Cole Privetera, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Medical Assisting
Amanda Ramsdell, Grade 12, Billerica, in Masonry
Michael Rosa, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Team Works – Carpenter
Michael Rumley, Grade 10, Billerica, in Diesel Equipment Technology
Kenneth Ryan, Grade 11, Burlington, in Electrical Construction Wiring
Thomas Sampson, Grade 11, Billerica, in Power Equipment
Olivia Sanchez, Grade 11, Wilmington, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Jack Sovie, Grade 10, Tewksbury, in Photography
Dylan Wilson, Grade 11, Billerica, in Graphic Communications

Bronze Medal Winners:

Daniel Archibald, Grade 12, Burlington, in Plumbing
Kayla Braz, Grade 10, Wilmington, in Commercial Baking
Mia Cafaro, Grade 11, Billerica, in Dental Assistant
Peter Canniff, Grade 11, Billerica, in Power Equipment
Anthony D’Ampolo, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in HVACR
William Flett, Grade 10, Burlington, in Diesel Equipment Technology
Susanna Gillis, Grade 11, Billerica, in Medical Assisting
Zachary Haumann, Grade 10, Billerica, in Masonry
Karmella Humphrey, Grade 10, Billerica, in First Aid/CPR
Derek Ingram, Grade 11, Wilmington, in Industrial Motor Control
Melissa Keegan, Grade 10, Billerica, in Medical Math
Alexia Krogstie, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Shayla Lee, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Advertising Design
Vincent Lopez, Grade 12, Billerica, in Architectural Drafting
Caitlyn McCarthy, Grade 11, Billerica, in Automotive Service
Paige Mesropian, Grade 11, Billerica, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Sarah Molander, Grade 12, Tewksbury, in Graphic Communications
Shauna Nolan, Grade 12, Billerica, in Nursing Assisting
Chloey Pereira, Grade 11, Bedford, in Culinary Arts
Celine Reynolds, Grade 11, Billerica, in Screen Print
Cameron Rich, Grade 11, Billerica, in Technical Drafting
Jose Rojas-James, Grade 12, Wilmington, in Electrical Construction Wiring
Lana Slowe-Cangelian, Grade 11, Tewksbury, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Jade Sweeney, Grade 12, Burlington, in Health Knowledge Bowl
Sierra Tran, Grade 12, Burlington, in Restaurant Service
Jack Travassos, Grade 10, Billerica, in Welding
Harrison Williams, Grade 12, Billerica, in Web Design
Daniel Woosley, Grade 12, Billerica, in Web Design

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