Forty-five students departed Warren County Technical School at 5:30 a.m. and didn’t return until after 10 p.m., but the long day paid off: they took home 36 medals from the annual New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships.
Held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset on April 16, 2,000 students from vocational and technical schools from across the state presented to a panel of judges that demonstrated knowledge of their careers and vocations. They were required to use tools they specifically created and designed, such as models and working prototypes. They also had to prepare written and visual aids, have effective public speaking skills, and offer detailed progress reports documenting work for all phases of the project.
Students worked individually and in groups to compete against the clock as well as contenders from other schools and academies.
Thirty-six Warren Tech students were awarded medals at the official awards ceremony that evening. Fifteen gold medalists will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the national competition in June:
Broadcast News: Dillon Bourke, Jeffrey Atkinson, Sean Uzar, and Noah Devereaux
Career Pathways – Architecture: Evan Bounpaseuth, Robert Hill, and Jason Villatoro
Career Pathways STEM: Luis Lloyd, Michael Scarince, and Wayne Van Blarcom
Electronics Technology: Zachary Snyder
Engineering Technology and Design: Nicholas Roschewsk, Marina Lilieholm, and Lukas Purasson
Firefighting: Bailey Duffell
Architectural Drafting: James Linn
Graphic Communications: Tim Zube
Mobile Robotics: Daniel de Paz and Matthew Vital
Restaurant Service: Victoria Siedt
Career Pathways Education/Training: Sierra Falk, Amber Francy, and Ruth Torres Hernandez
Career Pathways Hospitality/Tourism: Autumn Menza, Trevor Parisi, and James Zube
Chapter Display: Naomi Gomez, Gaston Pombo, and MaryKate Linn
Early Childhood Education: Bevan Harrison
Electronics Technology: Douglas Reilly
First Aid/CPR: Collin Patricia
Graphic Communications: Tom Zube
Medical Math: Marina Garcia
Medical Terminology: Kathryn Maxwell
Mobile Electronics Installation: John Grabovetz
The “Engineering Technology and Design” team earned its second consecutive gold medal for the category while Bailey Duffel won his second gold in two years – last year he earned it in the “First Aid” category.
“Our students continue to push themselves and strive for excellence,” said Principal Geta Vogel. “Our dedicated teachers, advisors and mentors work hard year-round to help students prepare for these contests. We are proud that so many, from freshman to seniors, take part in this competition. They are true ambassadors for success.”
Students spent free time at the competition practicing speeches and dialogue, testing prototypes and fine-tuning presentations for the judges. Technology, business, medical, and vocational fields were represented with diligence and professionalism, and focused on engineering, architecture, robotics, computer science, drafting, health sciences, early childhood care, finance and business management, cosmetology, culinary arts, automotive, graphics design, firefighting, first aid/CPR, electronics and radio/tv and media.
“Our students continue to exceed our expectations. They always demonstrate a high work ethic and continue to represent Warren Tech with great poise and dignity,” said Warren Tech SkillsUSA Advisor, Lori Miller.
In addition to the student recognitions at the competition, Warren Tech was recognized as a “Chapter of Excellence,” certifying they are considered a school that demonstrates integrity in procedures, maintains high standards, and follows all state and national protocol.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that works in partnership with students, teachers, and industry representatives to ensure a skilled workforce in America. SkillsUSA serves to support teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, service and health occupations, and postsecondary education.