Over 200 students from school districts and independent schools throughout the region converged on the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center’s Brownstown, Mount Joy, and Willow Street campuses today to compete in the 2020 District 4 SkillsUSA Competitions. Career and Technology Education students brought their best skills, experience, and techniques to bear in dozens of different competition categories from Automotive Skills Technology to Criminal Justice, and from Job Interview Skills to Dental Assisting.
Autumn Myers, from the Milton Hershey School, said that she did her very best in the Graphic Arts competition. “I was a little nervous but I felt most comfortable with the Art and Design portion of the competition,” Myers said. “We had artwork and text that we were to develop into a flyer.” She added that taking part in the competition made her feel more confident in her skill level.
Rachel Ruth, a Medical Terminology competitor from Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine, in Downingtown, PA, thinks that she did ok in her competition, thanks to some studying and preparation. “I did pretty well in the first part of the competition, but honestly, towards the end there were some terms that I didn’t recognize at all,” she said, laughing.
The day of competitions culminated at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where winners were announced and awards conferred. Many LCCTC students competed in the district-level competitions at Franklin County Career & Technology Center on January 17. It is common for students from a SkillsUSA-hosting CTC to compete at an adjacent CTC, in order to avoid home team bias and because not all CTCs offer every SkillsUSA competition category.
All first place winners at the district level will be moving on to States competitions in Hershey, PA on April 15-17, 2020. District results from the Feb. 14 competitions are attached.