The St. Johnsbury Academy Career and Technical Education program was well represented at this year's SkillsUSA state competition. The team won five gold medals, five silver medals, and one bronze medal. Gold medal winners will compete in Alexis Collins, Shawn Guckin, Dylan Villeneuve, Emma Smith, Rebecca Houde, Katelyn Molleur.
Fifteen St. Johnsbury Academy students won five gold, five silver medals, and one bronze medal at the Vermont SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition. The students who won gold medals will go on to compete at the annual national-level SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference this June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Gold medals were won by Alexis Collins '19 in Prepared Speech, Shawn Guckin '19 and Dylan Villeneuve '20 in Team Works, Rebecca Houde '19 in Restaurant Service, Katelyn Molleur '19 in Culinary, and Emma Smith '19 in Commercial Baking. Silver medals were won by Ethan Biggie '19, Caleb Smith '19, and Andrew Benoit '20 in Welding Fabrication, Cole Jefferson '22 and Jacob Lacaillade '19 in Teamworks, Carter Hilliker '19 in Culinary, and Danville High School student Matthew Rice '20 in Commercial Baking, and Isabel Bourgeois '21 in Pin Design. Tanner Bridges '21 won a bronze medal in Welding.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The organization also helps to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. The Vermont championships attract over 1,000 students from high schools throughout the state with more than 50 hands-on skills and leadership contests, according to the program's website.
Director of the Academy's CTE program, Pat Guckin, said, "The accomplishments of our Career and Technical Education students reflect their determination to excel in highly skilled professions. SkillsUSA empowers students to be their best and our students perform at the highest level each year. I am most proud of the professional and personal relationships between our students and their teachers."
Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "Every year our CTE students and faculty prove they are top in the state and then go on to do well at nationals as well. This degree of excellence takes significant talent, of course, but what sets these students and teachers apart is their unrelenting pursuit of being the best in their fields. They put in hours upon hours of extra work, and these awards are just the most visible of the results."