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Valley Tech Students Shine at SkillsUSA Nationals

Valley Tech Students Shine at SkillsUSA Nationals

In the final stage of the SkillsUSA competition series, Blackstone Valley Tech students proved their talent, dedication, and education are among the best in the nation earning two gold medals as well as several top-tier placements at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-29.

This year's championships

marked the third time a Valley

Tech student successfully ran for national office–Anika Koopman

of Northbridge was elected by the House of Delegates to serve a one- year term as Massachusetts Region 1 Vice President, SkillsUSA National Officer. As a National Officer, Anika will represent SkillsUSA through personal appearances and will participate in numerous professional development programs. Additionally, seven National Voting Delegates from BVT represented the school at the conference.

The following students from Blackstone Valley Tech were

among the nation's top competitors at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference Championships:

Gold, 1st Place

John Doiron of Douglas, Dental Assisting

Samuel Houle of Millville, Major Appliance Technology

4th Place

Melissa Vieira of Milford, Nurse Assisting

Mya Ackerman of Douglas, Restaurant Service

5th Place

Connor Andrews of Sutton and Zachary Rivernider of Mendon, Mobile Robotics

Joseph Cardin of Sutton, Welding

6th Place

Emma Kane of Blackstone, Kierra Kurtyka of Uxbridge, Renata Santiago of Milford, and Carissa Penta of Blackstone, Entrepreneurship

Vella Ross of Northbridge, Medical Terminology

7th Place

Demitri Almeida of Milford, Telecommunications Cabling

Students placed outside of the Top 10:

Christopher Aurelio of Mendon, Photography

Max Brueggemann of Whitinsville, Technical Drafting Olivia Cheschi of Milford, Alyssa Davis of Blackstone, and Sarah Duncan of Bellingham, Promotional Bulletin Board Jake Garille of Uxbridge, Electrical Construction Wiring Logan Keefe of Milford and Mason Weagle of Millbury, Digital Cinema Production Jacob Martin of Upton, Automotive Service Technology Caitlyn Meisner of Bellingham, Health Occupations Portfolio Kevin Queally of Sutton, Advertising Design

Special Recognition: National Officer Adam Cavanaugh of Milford

SkillsUSA Career Essentials Credential

SKillsUSA Massachusetts awards one of the very first SkillsUSA Career Essentials Credential certifications National Officer, Adam Cavanaugh of Milford.

National Officer Elect

Anika Koopman of Northbridge, Massachusetts Region 1 Vice President

National Voting Delegates:

Jessica Brown of Douglas Skylar Chase of Northbridge Katie Houskeeper of Upton Abby Kelly of Hopedale Tanyikeh Muanya of Milford Madeleine Poitras of Hopedale

Samantha Stephens of Mendon


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