St. John Valley Tech student will showcase her skills at national competition

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A St. John Valley Technology Center student who took home a gold medal from the Maine State Convention and Skills Championships in March will showcase her health occupation skills on the national stage.

With the statewide win, Hannah Albert, a Madawaska Middle/High School senior who attends the tech center as a health occupations student, advances to compete at the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference the week of June 20 in Atlanta. 

Albert prepared and then presented via Powerpoint to a panel of judges a health occupations portfolio to take the top spot in the Maine skills competition. 

The portfolio included a resume, letters of recommendation, details of her work and school experiences, goals for the future, awards she has received, volunteer hours, and memberships and affiliations in which she has participated. 

Albert will present her winning presentation at the national competition.

St. John Valley Technology Center student Hannah Albert will compete in the SkillsUSA national competition in Atlanta at the end of June. Albert took first in Maine for her health occupations portfolio. (Courtesy of Hannah Albert)

“She’s very determined, dedicated and goal-driven. She works very hard,” St. John Valley Technology Center health occupations instructor Kelley Daigle said of Albert. 

While attending the health occupations program at the tech center, Albert has received PSS, CNA and first aid/CPR certifications. She plans to attend University of Maine at Fort Kent next fall to study nursing, and later graduate school, with the goal of becoming a traveling nurse anesthetist. 

She works at Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska as a residential medication aide and CNA. 

Albert said she discovered early on she wanted to pursue a career in health care. 

“I have always loved the hospital environment and seeing several of my family members being in health care, the thought was always in the back of my head. It has also always brought me so much joy to help people,” she said. 

Throughout high school, Albert has also participated in soccer, volleyball, tennis, and softball. She is senior class president and the secretary of the National Honor Society.

“I like to keep myself busy and love to try new things,” she said. 

St. John Valley Technology Center Director Kevin Lavoie plans to attend the SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta in support of Albert later this month.

“She represents her sending school (Madawaska), the tech center and herself really well. We’re pleased to have her represent us,” Lavoie said. “I think to me it defines the caliber of students that come to our tech center. This truly shows the rigor and intensity that a student is willing to apply to achieve greatness into the program they’re learning.”

Hannah’s parents are Duane and Tina Albert of Madawaska.

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