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Stafford Technical Center students win 53 medals at the Vermont SkillsUSA competition


Gold medalists go to national conference in June

SOUTH BURLINGTON—Students from technical centers around Vermont gathered to compete in the statewide SkillsUSA competition, April 7 and 8. These industry skills-based competitions allow students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in their studies. Rutland’s Stafford Technical Center sent 73 students to compete. Rutland students earned nine bronze medals, 31 silver medals, and 13 gold medals. Medal winners received tools, prizes and scholarships.

Gold medal winners will be traveling to Louisville, Ky., for the national conference June 20-24.

Gold: 13 medals, 10 categories

  • Action Skills—TJ Wessing (Rutland High School)
  • Welding—TJ Wessing (Rutland High School)
  • Automated Manufacturing—Brendan Harvey (White River), Lindsey Hewes (Poultney), Alex LaSante (Rutland High School)
  • Cabinetmaking—Zac Kasuba (Poultney)
  • Collision Repair—Kayla McMurry (Poultney)
  • Customer Service—Samantha Masse (Fair Haven)
  • Medical Math—David Russell (Fair Haven)
  • Photography—Brianna Barker (Mill River)
  • Plumbing—Francis Grabowski (White River)
  • Team Works—Sebastian Sfeir (Fair Haven), Trevor Quigley (Otter Valley)

Silver: 31 medals, 21 categories

  • Additive Manufacturing—Karine Bombardier (Rutland High School), Aiden Bemis (Rutland High School)
  • Automotive Refinishing—Kayla McMurry (Poultney)
  • Cabinetmaking—Michael Wilder (Rutland High School)
  • Collision Repair—Tyler Ducharme (Fair Haven)
  • Cosmetology—Hillary Dubois (Fair Haven)
  • Electrical Construction Wiring—Lucas Turunen (Poultney)
  • Extemporaneous Speaking—Ben Seamans (Poultney)
  • Gorilla Communications—Brianna Barker (Mill River), Justin Hill (Rutland High School), Karine Bombardier (Rutland High School), Alex LaSante (Rutland High School)
  • Job Interview—Janine Smith (Mill River)
  • Job Skill Demo A—Kianna Porter (Otter Valley)
  • Job Skill Demo Open—Kayla McMurry (Poultney)
  • Medical Math—Morgan Hall (Rutland High School)
  • Mobile Robotics—Matt Burd (Rutland High School) and Abigail Wright (Fair Haven)
  • Photography—James Heroux (Otter Valley)
  • Plumbing—Avery Billings (Rutland High School)
  • Prepared Speech—Max Miller (Poultney)
  • Quiz Bowl—Austin Bach (Poultney), Aiden Bemis (Rutland High School), Karine Bombardier (Rutland High School), Seamus Hartigan (Mill River), Brooke Otto (Fair Haven)
  • T-Shirt Design—Jenna Hildebrand (Mill River)
  • Team Works—Jeritt Patch (Otter Valley), Eli Gignoux (Rutland High School)
  • Technical Drafting—Megyn Spafford (Fair Haven)
  • Welding—Steven Betit (Poultney)

Bronze: 9 medals, 9 categories

  • Automotive Refinishing—Wyatt Watkins (Rutland High School)
  • Automotive Service—Josh Loseby (Rutland High School)
  • Basic Health Care—Max Miller (Poultney)
  • Cosmetology—Renee Davis (Fair Haven)
  • Job Interview—Megyn Spafford (Fair Haven)
  • Job Skill Demo Open—Callie Bushee (home-school)
  • Medical Math—Janine Smith (Mill River)
  • Plumbing—Lukas Genier (Fair Haven)
  • Technical Drafting—Manolo Zelkin (Mill River)

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