Value of BVT Education on Display at SkillsUSA Competition
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. The recent Massachusetts District 5 SkillsUSA competition was hosted by Baypath Regional Vocational Technical High School and featured competition between nearly 800 students from six vocational technical high schools. Students from Blackstone Valley Tech won a total of 24 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and 22 bronze medals, including sweeps in the categories of Medical Terminology, Computer Maintenance Technology, Electronics Technology, Restaurant Service, and Technical Computer Applications. Junior Joseph Fitman of Northbridge was also selected as a candidate for SkillsUSA State Officer.
The intense and high pressure competitions are a great tool for preparing students to become valuable contributors to their local communities, businesses, and industries, according to SkillsUSA advisor Rebecca Corda.
"SkillsUSA boosts our students' confidence and gives them an impressive portfolio to present to potential employers," Corda said. "It prepares them in so many ways for the demands of the workforce. In terms of communication skills, organization, and multitasking, SkillsUSA is an extremely positive influence on Valley Tech students."
By winning gold and silver medals, 45 Valley Tech students earned the right to compete at the upcoming statewide SkillsUSA event, where they will vie for advancement to this summer's national competition. The school's Team Work team was also selected for the statewide event after winning a bronze medal at the district competition. The display of skills and dedication put on by SkillsUSA participants is a victory for both the students and their future employers, according to Valley Tech Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick.
"Any student who joyfully embraces the challenge of acquiring valuable, life-changing skills will be a welcome addition to anyone's future workforce," said Fitzpatrick. "Hopefully, the unbelievable success of our students will help convert voters to approve our anticipated modest bond proposal to expand our vocational programming and address the growing demand for a future seat at Valley Tech."
The following Valley Tech students were among the school's 67 medalists at the District 5 SkillsUSA competition:
Rachel Boisvert, Bronze, Cosmetology Over 500 Hours; Sarah Boisvert, Gold, Medical Terminology; Samantha Giffen, Gold, Photography; Suzanne Wright, Gold, Technical Computer Applications; Rachel DeWolfe, Silver, Photography; Nicolette Haug, Silver, Technical Computer Applications; Richard Keene, Silver, Culinary Arts; Zachary Milot, Silver, Computer Maintenance Technology.
Brittany Rovedo, Silver, Restaurant Service; Samuel Taylor, Silver, Collision Repair Technology.
Benjamin Aube, Bronze, 3-D Visualization & Animation; Jordan Ayotte, Bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; Evan LeBeau, Silver, Advertising Design; Jacob Mussulli, Bronze, Team Works; Brett Yoder, Silver, Mobile Robotics.
Molly Fritchey, Bronze, Medical Terminology; Mikayla Henault, Bronze, Technical Computer Applications; Jacqueline Hogue, Bronze, Power Equipment Technology.
Brittany Firth, Silver, Cosmetology Under 500 Hours.
Michael Godowski, Bronze, Automotive Service Technology; Jennifer Morin, Gold, Technical Drafting; Francesca Niro, Bronze, Basic Health Care Skills; Eric Peterson, Silver, Mobile Robotics; Jessica Roberts, Gold, Cabinetmaking.
Owen Amour, Gold, Internetworking; George Bolosky, Gold, Diesel Equipment Technology; Philip McHenry, Silver, Architectural Drafting; Cody McPhail, Gold, Mobile Robotics; Dylan Phaneuf, Gold, Collision Repair Technology.
Elizabeth Bouthillette, Silver, Dental Assisting; Adam Burdzel, Silver, Automotive Service Technology; Justin Duclos, Bronze, 3-D Visualization & Animation; Brooke Massicotte, Silver, Customer Service; Rebecca Rose, Gold, Restaurant Service; William Stevens, Silver, Computer Programming; Scott Swenson, Gold, Automotive Refinishing Technology; Jacob Westbury, Bronze, Team Works.
Dillon Arnold, Gold, Urban Search and Rescue; Nicholas Bedrosian, Bronze, Architectural Drafting; Jessica Carneiro, Bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; Samantha Fields, Gold, Nurse Assisting; Matthew Goldstein, Gold, Computer Maintenance Technology; Jacob Moon, Gold, Industrial Motor Control; Jacob O'Donnell, Gold, Mobile Robotics; Jake Rivard, Silver, Technical Drafting.
Jacob Bisson, Silver, Power Equipment Technology; Eric Carkin, Bronze, Electronics Technology; Lauren Mahoney, Gold, Culinary Arts; Todd Mahoney, Silver, Welding; Nicholas Orphin, Bronze, Team Works; Marc Peladeau, Gold, Welding; Brendan Scarborough, Bronze, Team Works.
Anthony Arrigo, Gold, Urban Search and Rescue; Tyler Bartlett, Gold, Carpentry; Anthony Collari, Gold, Plumbing; Garrett Dinsmore, Gold, Commercial Baking; Kaitlyn Drew, Gold, Welding Sculpture; Theodore Floyd, Silver, Electronics Technology; Parker Grant, Gold, Electronics Technology; Joshua Renfro, Silver, Diesel Equipment Technology; Makayla Tamborra, Bronze, Restaurant Service.
Daniela Rodas, Bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; Patricia Rodas, Bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; Nicholas Taparausky, Bronze, Diesel Equipment Technology; Joshua Trottier, Bronze, Computer Maintenance Technology; Molly Wallace, Bronze, Medical Math; Mehgan Wills, Silver, Medical Terminology.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of vigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.