(Hartford, Conn., April 17, 2014) – In more than 72 specialized contests that simulated on-the-job challenges, 351 students from 15 technical high schools across Connecticut earned top honors during SkillsUSA Connecticut’s 37th Annual State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships held last month at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, Conn.
During the day-long competition, held in cooperation with the Connecticut Technical High School System, more than 1,000 technical high school students proved their occupational knowledge and trade, industrial and technical expertise in skilled and technical sciences and occupational skills such as architectural drafting, CNC milling, electronics technology, nurse assisting, technical computer applications, HVAC maintenance, culinary arts and more.
These first place category winners and school teams will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
Ansonia – Emmett O Brien Technical High School
Gabriel Jeannin – Technical Drafting
Bridgeport – Bullard-Havens Technical High School
Christina Figueroa – Job Skill Demonstration Open
Danielson – H.H. Ellis Technical High School
Cody Corey – Architectural Drafting
Vincent Pierce – Masonry
Groton – E.T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School
Hassan George – Restaurant Service
Hartford – A.I. Prince Technical High School
Audio/Radio Production School Team Winner
Manchester – Howell Cheney Technical High School
Television/Video Production School Team Winner
Stephen Schneider – Automotive Service Technology
Cody Moreno – Diesel Equipment Technology
Amanda Reel – Welding
Meriden – H.C. Wilcox Technical High School
Chapter Display School Team Winner
Community Service School Team Winner
Opening and Closing Ceremonies School Winner
Quiz Bowl School Winner
Erin FitzGerald – Extemp Finals
Kathryn Keene – Graphic Communications
Meriden – Francis T. Maloney High School
Health Knowledge Bowl School Team Winner
Middletown – Vinal Technical High School
Robotics and Automation Tech School Team Winner
Constance Kelleher – T-Shirt Design
Nathan Bugbee – Cabinetmaking
Milford – Platt Technical High School
Anthony Pizzola – CNC Milling Specialist
Paul Robles – CNC Turning Specialist
Shawn McAuley – HVAC/R
Michael Gendreau – Job Interview Finals
Michael Lozzo – Job Skill Demo A-Finals and Job Skill Demonstration A
The Platt Technical High School Team – Mobile Robotics Technology
Jake Forgette – Precision Machining
Brian Phillips – Prepared Speech
Carlos Urena – Technical Computer Applications
New Britian – E.C. Goodwin Technical High School
Luis Martinez – Commercial Banking
Norwich Technical High School
Karen Castillo – Cosmetology
Antonio Vargas – Customer Service
Daniel Benoit – Electrical Construction Wiring
Alexander Valdes – Electronics Technology
Mark Novic – Plumbing
Waterbury – W.F. Kaynor Technical High School
Outstanding Chapter Winner
Promotional Bulletin Board Winner
Joseph Davino – Carpentry
Nicholas Donnangolo – Collision Repair Technology
Justin Cipriano – Culinary Arts
Fation Ajro – First Aid/CPR
Maureen Nolan – Pin Design
Eric Simmons – Related Technical Math
Willimantic – Windham Technical High School
Catherine Gonzalez – Job Skill O-Finals
Wolcott High School
Tyler Sheldon -Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology
Sommer Gilliam – Nurse Assisting
The New England Institute of Technology, the Universal Technical Institute & Lincoln Technical Institute, Johnson & Wales University and the Culinary Institute of America provided scholarships to winners in 34 of the SkillsUSA contests.
Students received prizes of tools to support their education and employment from Dewalt (Carpentry & Cabinetmaking) Snap-On Tools (Automotive, Collision Repair and Diesel) from Snap-On Tools, Lincoln Electric (Welding) and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 (Plumbing and HVAC).
One hundred judges, representing more than 100 companies and industries across Connecticut, assessed students’ performance during the contests.
More than $1 million in industry and education contributions were donated for the event including time, equipment and materials.
SkillsUSA is a national vocational student organization that is a partnership between students, teachers and the industry. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help each student excel to ensure a skilled future workforce.
SkillsUSA Connecticut is supported by over 100 industry partners across the state.
About The Connecticut Technical High School System
The Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) currently operates 17 diploma-granting technical high schools, one technical education center and two aviation maintenance programs located throughout the state. The system serves approximately 11,200 full-time high school and adult day students, with comprehensive education and training in 31 occupational areas and 2,000 apprenticeship students. CTHSS is the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions and all demographic and diverse populations. For more information, visit cttech.org