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Students win awards at championship

April 19, 1999

Washington County Technical High School students took home several awards from a state competition in which 800 students competed in 40 contests last month.

The school's chapter of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America showcased its members leadership and job skills at the 1999 Skills Championship, held at Frederick County Career and Technology Center on March 27.

About 25 county students competed in the event and 10 were state finalists. In order to compete at the state level, students had to win local and regional competitions.

"You only have the best across the state competing," said JoAnne Knode, VICA advisor.

VICA is the national organization for trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, vocational centers, junior and community colleges. The nonprofit organization has more than 4,000 members in Maryland.

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Local finalists and their awards are:




-- David Rinard, silver medal, Collision Repair.

-- Kristen Seilhamer, silver medal, Food and Beverage Service.

-- Larry Atherton, bronze medal, technical computer applications.

-- Michelle Plank, bronze medal, cosmetology.

-- Jacob Pereschuk, bronze medal, job skill demonstration - child care.

-- Keith Lowman, bronze medal, job skill demonstration - visual communications.

-- Brandy Kifer and Erica Nelling, bronze medals, promotional bulletin board.

Aaron Payne will represent Washington County Technical High School at the VICA National Skills Championships in an Internetworking event. Justin Gearhart was elected to represent Maryland as a national voting delegate.

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