OCEAN COUNTY VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS BRING HOME 53 MEDALS FROM NEW JERSEY SKILLSUSA
Jean Sullivian, May 4, 2015
NEW JERSEY, One hundred and twenty Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students competed at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships held Saturday in Somerset, New Jersey. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
The students competed in over 52 different career-skills events against other high school and post-secondary students from all regions of New Jersey. At the awards ceremony held Saturday evening, medals were presented to Saturday’s competitors, as well as finalists in events held earlier in 2015. OCVTS students received an astounding 53 medals overall; 25 gold, 20 silver and 8 bronze.
Many of the gold medal winners are now eligible to advance to the 51st Annual SkillsUSA National Competition/Conference which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June. As per the official website, skillsusa.org, the Conference is a ‘showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people – including students, teachers and business partners – are expected to participate in the weeklong event.’ Besides the actual competitions students participate in individual, group and interactive leadership training activities. More than 6,000 career and technical education students, all state contest winners, will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. The week’s events culminate with the Awards Ceremony, where many of the nation’s top finishers will receive scholarships, tools, computers or other prizes related to their career fields in additional to their medals and national recognition.
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS, THEIR PROGRAMS OF STUDY AND HOMETOWN (PS refers to adult students): Robert Burrows, Automotive Technology, Jackson; Matthew Mazepa, Twilight Automotive Technology (PS), Cedar Run; Jenna Kwiencinski, MATES, Jackson; Nicolette Corrao, MATES, Lakewood; Kate Doherty, MATES, Bayville; Christopher Castellano, Culinary Arts/Baking (PS), Brick; Ryan Tilton, Law & Public Safety, Toms River; Neal Roche, Law & Public Safety, Waretown; Brandon Van Orden, Law & Public Safety, Waretown; Joshua Battaglia, Law & Public Safety, Point Pleasant; Santino Galati, Law & Public Safety, Manahawkin; Brian Rizzolo, Law & Public Safety, Waretown; Catherine McCallister, Cosmetology (PS), Little Egg Harbor; William Reebe, Electrical/Integrated Cabling (PS), Forked River; Christina Kennedy, Cosmetology (PS), Lanoka Harbor; Michelle Constantinople – Model, Cosmetology (PS), Barnegat; Ethan Passiment, Aviation/Aerospace Technology, Toms River; Raymond Brache, HVAC-R, Manchester; William Stanislawczyk, HVAC-R (PS), Lakewood; Jose Morales, Architectural/Engineering Design (PS), Toms River; Justin Lagonegro, Culinary Arts (PS), Little Egg Harbor; Thomas Fix, Marine Trades (PS), Point Pleasant; Soledad Suarez, Medical Administration (PS), Lakewood; Angela Koletis, Child Care Professions, Jackson; Jared Stuart, Electrical/Integrated Cabling, Brick; and John Verde, Electrical/Integrated Cabling (PS), Toms River.
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS, THEIR PROGRAMS OF STUDY AND HOMETOWN:
James Chesney, Design and Visual Communications, Brick; Emily Banach, Design and Visual Communications, Beachwood; Bailey Marcella, Auto Body/Collision Repair, Point Pleasant; Brian Eaton, Custom Woodworking/Cabinetmaking, Pine Beach; Taylor Gifford, Homeland Security, Bayville; Blayne LaValle, Homeland Security, Barnegat; Sean Rickett, Homeland Security, Toms River; Matthew Tarsia, Culinary Arts (PS), Toms River; Blake Krehely, Computer Science, Manchester; Corinne Cartier, Culinary Arts, Brick; Frank Cimirro, Law & Public Safety, Lanoka Harbor; Cole Stoddard, Marine Trades (PS), Toms River; Sean Begane, MATES, Beachwood; Tyler Coupe, Culinary Arts, Barnegat; Melissa Shymko, Design and Visual Communications, Brick; Ian Walczak, Architectural/Engineering Design, Toms River; David McCloud, Electrical/Integrated Cabling, Manchester; Albert Hanson , Electrical/Integrated Cabling (PS), Toms River; Chelsey Sands, Culinary Arts/Baking (PS), Bayville; and Bradley Updegraff, Culinary Arts/Baking (PS), Toms River.
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS, THEIR PROGRAMS OF STUDY AND HOMETOWN:
Michelle Arias, Cosmetology, Forked River; Brooke Bacchetta, Cosmetology, Lanoka Harbor; Alexandra Somoracki , Cosmetology, Forked River; Kayla Zarrillo, Cosmetology, Manahawkin; Madison Alessi, Health & Fitness Technology, Manahawkin; Robert Horner, Plumbing, Manahawkin; Brianna Keppen, Design and Visual Communications, Toms River; and Michael Ford, Electrical/Integrated Cabling (PS), Toms River.