Three Warren County Career Center students received first place gold medals in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania District 10 competitions and will move onto the state level competition in April.
Placing first were seniors Travis Peterson, welding; Jaycob Courtney, plumbing; and Charleigh Smith, architectural drafting. They will move onto state level competitions along with three other students who qualified for states in power equipment, motorcycle and marine areas without having to compete at districts.
Also competing were Colin Eyler, junior, second place, automotive refinishing technology; Tylor Hoffner, senior, third place, automotive service technology; Grant Gates, junior, third place, carpentry; Samantha Anthony, senior, third place, commercial baking; Jeff Yost, senior, second place, crime scene investigation; Mitch Taylor, junior, second place, crime scene investigation; Kaden Koehler, senior, second place, crime scene investigation; Emily Haight, senior, second place, criminal justice; Calvin Sutton, senior, second place, electrical construction wiring; Devin Kibby, junior, bye, marine technology; Gregg Blair, junior, second place, masonry; Paul York, senior, bye, motorcycle; Hunter Danielson, senior, bye, power equipment; Emily Raybuck, senior, third place, restaurant service; Grace Thompson, sophomore, third, technical drafting.
State-level competitions will be held April 9-11 at the Hershey Conference Center.
"I'm very proud, the majority trained very hard to get to that point and it was nice to see a couple of the ones put the extra effort in. I'm sure we'll do a good job at states as well," Dan Passmore, WCCC SkillsUSA coordinator, said. "They did well,. We have a very competitive district and really there's almost, I want to say every year every school in our district sends kids to states and that says a lot. And we always seem to have two or three go on to nationals in our district, which is very good."
This was the first year that WCCC students were in advertising design, crime scene investigation and plumbing competitions.
"Placing the first time competing in it is really impressive," Passmore said.
Getting to districts and experiencing the competition helps the students, he said. Students are able to participate and bring back the process to their instructor and learn the process.
Twenty-two students from the WCCC competed in over 50 different skill and career trade competitions against 300 students from Armstrong, Bradford, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango counties.
Passmore also thanked the New Castle School of Trades for holding the competition and opening its doors to students throughout the district. Competitions used to change from school to school. Now schools are competing in a central location, and Passmore said that has leveled the playing field.
"Even though it's a long trip for us, it's been nice having the majority of the competitions in one general area," he said. "They did a really nice job making the contest more fair than they already were."