Tech Center students win medals at states

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Twenty-five students from the St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville participated Friday, March 3, 2017, in the annual Skills USA State Leadership Conference and Competitions in Bangor.  

More than 800 students from the 27 technology schools around the state competed in about 70 individual and team trade and skills contests, which involved a variety of written knowledge tests, interviews and hands-on skill events.

“Once again, our students represented the Valley very well with their hard work, professionalism, and competitive spirit, and a good number of our students returned with medals to reward their efforts,” said David Morse, SJVTC director.

Bronze medalists included:  Isaiah Sypien in Action Skills; Lindsey Daigle, Customer Service; Chris Bouley, Courtesy Corps; and Olivia Labbe, Nurse Assisting.  

Six students won silver medals this year. They are: Kristen Glidden, Sarah Pelletier and Mercedes Madore, Career Pathways Team; Shiann Haggenmiller, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio; Logan Albert, Job Skill Demonstration A; and Haley Dionne, Job Skill Demonstration Open.  

Kiara Ouellette won a gold medal in her competition for Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.

The Skills USA organization helps students develop leadership, teamwork and professional skills that will be used throughout their lives. Self-confidence building and development of strong character qualities are emphasized through the organization, as well.  

Ouellette and other gold medalists will travel to Louisville, Ky., in June to participate in the national competitions.

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