HAGERSTOWN -- A local high school graduate recently claimed first-place honors in a national competition that tested her food and beverage service skills.
Erica Conrad, 18, of Williamsport, graduated last month from Washington County Technical High School. Late last month, she took first place in the SkillsUSA competition in her category. Her former principal, Jeff Stouffer, said it is the first time a local student has taken the top prize at the event.
Clutching her other prize last week, a gold medal, Erica said she was excited over her win.
Erica won first place in the regional and state competitions in order to advance to the national contest, which was held recently in Kansas City. As part of her prize, Erica was awarded a full scholarship to attend New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.
"She's an outstanding student," Stouffer said of Erica. "We're extremely proud of her."
She had been planning to attend Hagerstown Community College in the fall, but said she looks forward to studying hospitality and restaurant management at the institute.