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Tech High students stand out at state SkillsUSA competition

March 30, 2009

Washington County Technical High School had a record-breaking day at the State SkillsUSA competition in the Catonsville, Md., area March 21, bringing home 10 gold medals out of 36 students who received first-, second- or third-place honors.

A total of 71 Tech High students, the highest number ever sent to the state level, competed in the various skill competitions.

Here is the list of top finishers from Tech High:

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio: Katie Coffman, first place

Web Design Team: Julie Benningfield and Nathan Caudle, third place

Medical Math: Christine Kantner, first place; Carrie Loveless, third place

Job Interviewing: Katherine Mittag, second place

Entrepreneurship Team: Brittany Hult, Trevor Fitz, Jared Helser and Matt Price, first place

Nail Care: Mary Kate Martin, second place

Photography: Lindsey Deal, first place; Mikhaela Pozhoga, third place

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Health Knowledge Bowl Team: Jessica Weckesser, Victor Pekar, Stephanie Hart and Elizabeth Sharpe second place; Stephanie Johnson, Dakota Edleblute, Jessica Elliot and Brianna Ciampo third place

Engineering Technology Team: Diana Escobar, Brendan Kloos and Denis Mitchell, first place

Cosmetology: Shelby Lewis, third place

Nursing Assistant: Kyesha Davis, second place

Quiz Bowl Team: Ben Baker, Sara Martens, T.J. Bowers, Tony Burt and Patrick Perini, second place

Job Skills Demo A: Reba Morris, first place; Tiffany Souders, second place (Job Skills Demo competition was conducted in multiple rooms. Morris and Souders did well in their respective rooms, but did not finish first or second overall in the competition.)

Automotive Refinishing: Ben Madison, second place

Medical Terminology: Kati Watkins, second place; Staci Hart, third place

Each overall first-place winner advances to the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June.

Tech High SkillsUSA adviser Marjorie Kellman was very pleased. "It is so gratifying to see these kinds of results from the hard work and dedication of the students and staff. As far as I'm concerned, each of our participating students is a winner!"

SkillsUSA is an organization that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled technical and service occupations.

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