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Tech High Sets Records at State SkillsUSA Competition

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 23, 2009) – Washington County Technical High School had a record-breaking day at the State SkillsUSA competition in the Catonsville area on Saturday, March 21, 2009, bringing home ten gold medals out of 36 students who received first, second or third place honors.   A total of 71 Tech High students, the highest number ever sent to the state level, competed in the various skill competitions.  Here is the complete list of top finishers from Tech High:

  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio – Katie Coffman – 1st place
  • Web Design Team – Julie Benningfield and Nathan Caudle – 3rd place
  • Medical Math – Christine Kantner – 1st place; Carrie Loveless – 3rd place
  • Job Interviewing – Katherine Mittag – 2nd place
  • Entrepreneurship Team – Brittany Hult, Trevor Fitz, Jared Helser and Matt Price – 1st place
  • Nail Care – Mary Kate Martin – 2nd place
  • Photography – Lindsey Deal – 1st place; Mikhaela Pozhoga – 3rd place
  • Health Knowledge Bowl Team – Jessica Weckesser, Victor Pekar, Stephanie Hart and Elizabeth Sharpe – 2nd place; Stephanie Johnson, Dakota Edleblute, Jessica Elliot and Brianna Ciampo – 3rd place
  • Engineering Technology Team – Diana Escobar, Brendan Kloos and Denis Mitchell – 1st place
  • Cosmetology – Shelby Lewis – 3rd place
  • Nursing Assistant – Kyesha Davis – 2nd place
  • Quiz Bowl Team – Ben Baker, Sara Martens, T.J. Bowers, Tony Burt and Patrick Perini – 2nd place
  • Job Skills Demo A (Room winner) – Reba Morris – 1st place
  • Job Skills Demo A (Room winner) – Tiffany Souders – 1st place
    (Job Skills Demo competition was conducted in multiple rooms.  Ms. Morris and Ms. Souders finished 1st in their respective rooms, but did not finish 1st overall in the competition.)
  • Automotive Refinishing – Ben Madison – 2nd place
  • Medical Terminology – Kati Watkins – 2nd place; Staci Hart – 3rd place

Each overall 1st place winner advances to the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June.

Tech High SkillsUSA advisor Marjorie Kellman was very pleased.  “It is so gratifying to see these kinds of results from the hard work and dedication of the students and staff.  As far as I’m concerned, each of our participating students is a winner!”

SkillsUSA is an organization that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled technical and service occupations.

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