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BVT Students Join Best of the Best in SkillsUSA

Mar 28, 2016 11:45AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Blackstone Valley Tech SkillsUSA District Medalists

The annual series of SkillsUSA competitions is off to a strong start for Blackstone Valley Tech, where 93 students recently brought home 40 gold, 29 silver, and 24 bronze medals from the SkillsUSA Massachusetts District V Leadership Conference.
Often referred to as the Olympics of vocational technical education, SkillsUSA events allow Valley Tech students to compete alongside some of the state's finest students in hands-on technical exams designed and judged by industry leaders and experts. The 2016 series kicked off for Valley Tech on March 9, 2016, when Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School hosted the SkillsUSA Massachusetts District V Leadership Conference. Competing against nearly 800 vocational technical students from seven schools, Valley Tech students swept 13 categories, including Additive Manufacturing, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts, Diesel Equipment Technology, Medical Terminology (Post-Secondary), Photography, Plumbing, Restaurant Service, Robotics & Automation Tech, Technical Computer Applications, and Welding.
Following their strong district-level performance, seventy-nine BVT students will advance to the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championship on April 30, 2016. Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick said that Valley Tech will once again host the state championships, in which students compete for the honor of representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the SkillsUSA national championships held each summer in Lousiville, KY. 
"Massachusetts has a proud track record as one of the country's top performing states at the SkillsUSA national championships," Fitzpatrick said. "Valley Tech students are proud to contribute to their state's storied success."
The following students, organized by hometown, earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at the SkillsUSA Massachusetts District V Leadership Conference. Also listed are fourth-place winners who qualified for the state championships and students nominated for the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Executive Council.


Gold: Nicholas Connolly, Automated Manufacturing Technology; Rachel DeWolfe, Photography; Robert Lizotte, Cabinetmaking; Connor Marquez, Digital Cinema Production.
Bronze: Shea Boultenhouse, Restaurant Service.

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