LCCTC Students Gearing Up for SkillsUSA Nationals

May 28, 2019
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The Lancaster County Career and Technology Center is proud to send 13 students, competing in 11 disciplines, to the National SkillsUSA Championships at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville in June.

The following students all are state champions within their field, each taking first place honors at the state-level competitions in Hershey during April.

LCCTC Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Champions

Back row (l-r): Caleb Keebler, Amos Smucker, Janae Barlow, Kyle Martin, Diamondli Lopez Front row (l-r): Andrew Salvatore, Blaike Kessler, Meghan Braas, Nesta Petit-Ton, Nicole Scarle, Jasmine Yachasz

The students listed below won First Place in their competition at the SkillsUSA PA competition during April in Hershey.  They will attend the National SkillsUSA Competition in June.

Janae Barlow                  Medial Assistant                          Adult student
Meghan Braas                Nursing Assistant                        Columbia SD
Christian Hall                  Heavy Equipment                        Cocalico SD
Caleb Keebler                HVAC and Refrigeration               Warwick SD
Blaike Kessler                Electrical Construction Wiring      Elizabethtown SD
Diamondli Lopez            Medical Terminology                    Hempfield SD
Ethan Martin                   Painting & Decorating                 Cocalico SD
Kyle Martin                      Fire Fighting                                Eastern Lanc. County SD
Nesta Petit-Ton               Dental Assisting                           Adult student
Andrew Salvatore           Plumbing                                      Donegal SD
Nicole Scarle                  Medial Assistant                           Eastern Lanc. County SD
Amos Smucker               CNC Machining                            Cocalico SD
Jasmine Yachasz            Architectural Drafting                   Conestoga Valley SD

The students themselves express that zeal when talking about what they enjoy most about their fields.

Jasmine Yachasz – “I think what I like most about my field of study is how much I’ve learned about everything that makes up a house! Even bus rides are fun when every house you pass by is interesting!”

Nicole Scarle – “My favorite thing about Medical Assisting is the wide range of specialty offices we can work in, as well as the range of procedures we assist in. It makes the job very interesting and there is so much variety that you learn something new every single day.”

Blaike Kessler – “My favorite part is the all of the hands on experience.  I’m a very energetic person, so being able to be up and moving while learning, that’s the best to me.”

LCCTC’s Administrative Director, Dr. Stuart Savin praised the students on their accomplishments.  “All of our students who competed in the state-level SkillsUSA competition should be extremely proud.  Everyone at the CTC is certainly proud of them.  Career and Technology students choose to follow their academic interests to our schools.  As a result, our students are extremely driven and deeply passionate about their fields.  Our state champions embody that passion for learning,” Dr. Savin said.

At the National level, competition contestants will be tested at workstations including on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing, and a written test.  More than 6,000 students participated last year in the National SkillsUSA Championships.  Students from every state competed in over 100 skilled, technical, service, and health occupation competitions.

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