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Students compete in Pa. SkillsUSA event

February 16, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- About 250 Pennsylvania high school students arrived at the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center on Monday for the SkillsUSA competition it was hosting.

Those placing first in their categories during the district competition will move on to the state championships in Hershey, Pa., in April.

One hundred judges evaluated contests like commercial baking, masonry, cosmetology and graphic communications.

Most Franklin County students competed earlier at Lancaster County Career & Technology Center because they could not be judged at their home school.

Roberta DeProspero-Johnston, career center vocational supervisor, said Franklin County students typically excel in the action and job skills categories, both of which require five- to seven-minute presentations of a trade.

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"We had 18 different schools here," DeProspero-Johnston said. "Our culinary people are wonderful because they ran three different contests and served two special lunches."

The state contest determines who will be sent to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Most Franklin County students competed earlier at Lancaster County Career & Technology Center because they could not be judged at their home school.

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