Somerset Career & Technical Center’s SkillsUSA Chapter participated in 2016 SkillsUSA Maine State Leadership & Skills Conference in early March. SCTC students competed in the following categories: Job Interview, Prepared Speech, Pin and T-Shirt Design, Photography, Early Childhood Education, Promotional Bulletin Board, Electrical Wiring, Nurse Assisting and First Aid/CPR.

Eight of the students placed at the state conference with three earning the Statesman Award for career preparation knowledge.

Gold metals were awarded to Hannah McGlashing in Prepared Speech, as well as Emma Dimock in T-shirt Design.

Silver metals were awarded to Nick Scott in Photography, and to McKenna Basford, Lauren Dusty and Sarah Reichenbach, who represented the group in Community Service Project.

Bronze metals were awarded to the team of Avianna Boucher and McKayla Gray in Promotion Bulletin Board, and Niles Turgeon in Pin Design.

The two students who earned gold metals are eligible to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June in Louisville, Kentucky. While there, the students will attend seminars and other events linked to career success and as well as have opportunities to learn and grow as future members of our job force.

The SCTC SkillsUSA Chapter is currently holding multiple fundraisers to send these students to the national competition. To help, donations can be made at Donorschoose.org (Skowhegan, Me-Skills USA nationals) or follow the students’ efforts on the school’s Facebook page.