2009-01-29 / Local & State

County AVTS Attends Districts

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Pictured above, front: Soleil Babington, Cassie Cain and Joseph Martz; middle row: Amber Boden, Jeanette Pittman, Ariel Hall, Olivia Rose and Ashley Mellott; back row: Daren Schultz, Sarah Stallman, Justin Gordon, Tiffany Diehl and Alexis Knisley. Pictured above, front: Soleil Babington, Cassie Cain and Joseph Martz; middle row: Amber Boden, Jeanette Pittman, Ariel Hall, Olivia Rose and Ashley Mellott; back row: Daren Schultz, Sarah Stallman, Justin Gordon, Tiffany Diehl and Alexis Knisley. Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School, Skills USA members from Central Fulton, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school districts, attended the District 7 Skills USA Competition on January 19, 2009, at the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center.

District 7 consists of 13 schools: Admiral Perry AVTS, Bedford County Career and Technical Center (CTC), Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, Clearfield County CTC, Fulton County AVTS, Greater Altoona CTC, Huntingdon County CTC, Jefferson County AVTS, Juniata Mifflin CTC, Kane Area High School, Northern Bedford High School, St. Marys Area High School and State College High School.

Forbes Road students who competed were Ariel Hall, allied health and Joseph Martz, welding. McConnellsburg competitors were: Justin Gordon, drafting and design; Jeanette Pittman, agricultural production; and Sarah Stallman, childcare. Southern Fulton participants were: Soleil Babington, Amber Boden, Cassie Cain, Tiffany Diehl, Alexis Knisley, Ashley Mellott and Olivia Rose, allied health; and Daren Shultz, a welding student.

Skills USA serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students by developing their skills and leadership qualities. The competencies that students receive through their vocational training, combined with the employability skills learned through Skills USA, produce a professionally employable student. The Skills USA advisor for the Fulton County AVTS is Christy Wahl, the guidance counselor.

Skills USA competition begins locally and continues through district, state, national, and international levels. Skills USA is a national organizational partnership run through labor, industry and education that provides leadership training and skill competition for students striving for excellence and pride in their chosen occupational field.

The FCAVTS was proud to have 13 students competing. The following students received recognition at the District 7 competition:

First gold medal finalists: Justin Gordon, architectural design; Jeanette Pittman, job interview.

Second silver medal finalists: Soleil Babington, job skill demonstration; Tiffany Diehl, health occupation knowledge bowl; Ariel Hall, Alexis Knisley, Ashley Mellott, Joseph Martz, action skills.

Third bronze medal finalists: Cassie Cain, first aid/CPR.

The gold medal finalists will be competing at the Pennsylvania Skills Championships in Hershey April 1-3. Students that place at the state level will proceed to the National Skill Olympics in Kansas City, Mo.

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