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Local students among best at career skills

• Mar 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM

AVERY — Congratulations are in order to the students who represented EHOVE at the SkillsUSA regional competition on Feb. 16 at Four County Career Center.

Despite EHOVE being on a scheduled day off, 45 students were ready to do their best to showcase the career skills they've learned.

They were joined by 16 staff members, two students who are regional SkillsUSA officers and three more who served as assistants. A healthy 40 percent of EHOVE's team earned a gold, silver or bronze medal and qualified for the state competition in April. Fifteen of those were local students. 

EHOVE students have several reasons for participating in SkillsUSA and the competitions.

Among the most important to the school were the leadership opportunities, community service work, chance to apply the career field skills they’ve learned and professional connections and opportunities.

Here are the state qualifiers, their home school and the individual events which they qualified in:

• Kylie Livermore, Western Reserve, medical careers program, won gold in customer service category

• Doug Nickoli, Norwalk, firefighter/EMT, won gold in first aid/CPR

• Sam Stallkamp, Monroeville, auto tech, won silver in automotive service

• Taylor Serget, Western Reserve, medical careers, won silver in basic health care

• Megan Organ, Norwalk, cosmetology, won silver in esthetics

• Pablo Torres, Norwalk, industrial tech, won bronze in CNC milling

• Mason Asbury, Norwalk, collision & refinishing, won bronze in collision repair

• Sam Venderpool, Norwalk, criminal justice, won bronze in criminal justice

• Leland Crandall, New London, firefighter/EMT, won bronze in first aid/CPR

• Shaina Bruns, Norwalk, visual media tech, won bronze in prepared speech 

Here are the state qualifying teams, the student’s home school and the team’s category it won in: 

• Anthony Harper (Edison), Michael Byrk (Huron) and Colin Bellamy (St. Mary), all students in industrial tech program, won gold in welding fabrication category

• Sam Pullen (Edison), Summer Conley (New London) and Trae Cullen (Margaretta) all students in visual media tech, won silver in promotional bulletin board category

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