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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2012


    June 27, 2012

    OCVTS Students Represent New Jersey at National SkillsUSA Competition
    Jean Sullivian, June 27, 2012

    Caption: SkillsUSA Gold Medal recipients receive recognition at the Freeholders Meeting.

    KANSAS CITY, MO Fifteen Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students, and their advisors, recently traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the 48th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. These students had qualified to attend the conference by earning First Place gold medals in their career area competitions at the 2012 SkillsUSA State Competitions which took place in Somerset, New Jersey, in May. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

    Lakehurst resident Christopher Sorrentino who competed in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation/Refrigeration competition brought home a Gold Medal; ranking him best in the nation for his skills and knowledge. Six other OCVTS students placed in the top ten for their respective areas of competition.

    Caption: SkillsUSA Gold Medal recipients receive recognition

    OCVTS students who traveled to Kansas City include: (students listed with hometown and subject area) Ian McGrath, Seaside Heights, Automotive & Diesel Engine Technology; John Syers, Lacey, Welding; Keith Gesicki, West Creek, Welding; John Lynch, Warren Grove, Welding; Chris Sorrentino, Lakehurst, HVAC/R; Jessica Candrilli, Brick, Child Care Professions; David Giberson, Lacey, Plumbing; Darian Halifko, Little Egg Harbor, Aviation Aerospace Technology; Julianne Abrams, Lakewood, Photography; Jared Seals, Jackson, Motorsports Technology; Anthony Mele, Bayville, Electrical Trades; Cody Carmody, Brick, Computer Science; Tucker Weisleder, Point Pleasant Boro, Marine Trades; and Steven Fischer, Brick, Retail Store Operations and Ryan Giblin, Jackson, HVAC/R. According to the SkillsUSA website, "Nearly 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students - all state contest winners - competed hands-on in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry."

    In addition to competition there were workshops, seminars, industry trade shows and opportunities for students to take in the local sights. All of the OCVTS New Jersey SkillsUSA Gold Medal recipients were recognized at the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting in June. Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to OCVTS, presented each student with a certificate and commended them on their dedication and outstanding achievements. Students who received Gold Medals at New Jersey State SkillsUSA but did not travel to Kansas City and/or did not attend the Freeholders meeting include: Philip Bruce, Ocean Gate, Law & Public Safety; Tina Reed, Toms River, Culinary Arts; Uriel Resendiz, Lakewood, Collision Repair; Milton Cortina, Little Egg Harbor, Marine Trades; Steven Garvey, Lakehurst, Collision Repair.

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