Shawsheen students earn 71 medals at SkillsUSA District competition

Students from Shawsheen Valley Vocational Technical High School swept the SkillsUSA District competition earning 71 medals from the event; 28 gold, 26 silver, and 17 bronze.

Shawsheen’s SkillsUSA chapter was one of seven schools taking part in the District IV regional competition held on March 17. The competition included 1,023 students from Shawsheen, Greater Lowell Tech, Greater Lawrence Tech, Nashoba Tech, and Essex Tech; 155 of those students were from Shawsheen.

SkillsUSA Districts is the qualifying event for students to compete at the state competition. The district competition consists of three exams in a technical area: a written SkillsUSA Employment Skills test, a written trade knowledge test, and a written safety test.

Shawsheen's SkillsUSA Leadership Team pose for a picture while setting up for Districts.  Back row, from left, Katrina Raymond, Giana Manoloulis, Zoey Hemeon, Isabella Luis, Paige Spurr, Toby Lage, Rebecca Langone, Paige Lipski and Madison Bastarche.  Front row, Grace Steinmetz, Joan Dickie and Erica Spurr.

Shawsheen had students compete in 55 out of the 89 technical occupational categories offered. Examples of technical areas include Medical Math, Automotive Refinishing, Computer Programming, CNC Turning, Power Equipment Tech, Masonry, Carpentry, and Plumbing.

Three students were interviewed about their experience at the competition.

Brooke Haley, a Tewksbury resident in Cosmetology, competed in esthetics and earned a gold medal. This achievement earned her a seat at the states in April. Haley said, “I’m excited but very nervous for states. The Cosmetology program covers hair, skin, and nails, but most of our time is spent on hair. This means I have to make time to practice esthetics and makeup artist on my own.”

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