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71 SkillsUSA Medals

39 Gold, 18 Silver, and 14 Bronze Medals earned at the State Competition – May 17, 2021

Our students had an opportunity to test their vocational-technical competency at the 47th Annual 2021 SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championship. Demonstrating skills learned at Blackstone Valley Tech and applied during the competitions, our students won an impressive 71 medals - 39 gold, 18 silver, and 14 bronze.

During the State competition, we had had five National Voting Delegates elected, and State Officer Elect, Hunter Claflin was also elected. The second stage of the SkillsUSA series consisted of a six-day Zoom format schedule with a live competition day held at our campus on April 30th.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcases the best career and technical education students in the nation through competitive events. Students compete in hands-on technical exams designed and judged by industry leaders and officials to celebrate career technical education.

Following their outstanding performance, BVT's gold medalists will represent the Commonwealth by competing at the National Leadership and Skills Conference Championships held virtually throughout June. There will be seven voting delegates going to Nationals including Hunter Claflin of Douglas, Maddie Poitras, and Abby Kelly, both of Hopedale.

The following list of our students, organized by hometown, who earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at the SkillsUSA State conference:

BELLINGHAM                                                                             
Gold:  Sara Lewis, Safety Poster Design Team
Bronze:  Nathan Dynko, Internetworking

BLACKSTONE
• Gold:  Leah Cook, Job Skill Demonstration A; Andrew Konicki and Kyle Penta, Entrepreneurship; Mandolin Simpson, Career Pathways Showcase Ind & Eng Tech;
   Christina Swenson, Nail Care
• Silver:  Daniel Cardone, Web Design; Grant Van Dyke, Additive Manufacturing
• Bronze:  Avry Guilbert, Painting & Design Technology; Cody Larson, Nail Care

DOUGLAS
• State Officer Elect:  Hunter Claflin
• National Delegate Elect:  Jessica Brown and Aysia Parent
• SkillsUSA Massachusetts Member of the Month-October: Aysia Parent
• Gold:  Giannah Dowen, First Aid/CPR; Daria Hamelin, Advertising Design; Logan Hampson, Major Appliance Technology
• Silver:  Aysia Parent, Job Skill Demonstration Open; Sophia Payson, Welding
• Bronze:  Lily Courtemanche; Advertising Design

GRAFTON
• State Conference Opening Ceremony, National Anthem Singer: Sophia Yitts
• Gold:  Maggie McCann, Career Pathways Showcase Ind & Eng Tech; Catherine Rozanas, Technical Drafting
• Silver:  Rebecca Ashmore, Principles of Engineering; Stephen Bayreuther and Baraka Consuegra, Mechatronics
• Bronze:  Noah Mariano, Related Technical Math

HOPEDALE
• National Delegate Elect:  Carter Beard
• Gold:  Gabriel Chaves-Silva, HVAC/R; Anna Dykhoff, Prepared Speech; Ashley King, Entrepreneurship; Julia Pellegrini, Precision Laser Imaging;
• Silver:  Rohit Kaushik, Information Technology Service;
• Bronze:  Elora Loughlin, Basic Health Care; Camila Ramirez, Major Appliance Technology

MENDON
• National Delegate Elect:  Samantha Stephens
• Gold:  Naomi Tsuda, Commercial Baking
• Silver:  Kathyrn Surbey, Major Appliance Technology;

MILFORD
• Gold:  Christopher Mason, Urban Search & Rescue; Kioni Sankofa, Precision Laser Imaging
• Silver:  Joel Awuku-Asante, HVAC/R; Colin Chambless, Mobile Robotics
• Bronze:  Mayra Desousa, First Aid/CPR; Kaitlyn Manzi, Medical Terminology; Tifuh Tah, Principles of Engineering Technology; Joseph Tutela, Commercial Baking

MILLBURY
• Gold:  Julia Allain, Medical Math; Julia Drapeau, Health Occupations Portfolio; Jenna Kenary, Promotional Bulletin Board
• Silver:  Nicholas Healey, Telecommunications Cabling
• Bronze:  Payton Hartshorn, Collision Repair Technology

MILLVILLE
• Gold:  Myra Dehestani, Career Pathways Showcase Ind & Eng Tech
• Silver:  Nicholas Kirby, Additive Manufacturing; Natalie Lambert, Culinary Arts;

NORTHBRIDGE
• Gold:  Grace Arnold, Culinary Arts; Anna Cook, Photography; John Hehir, Mobile Robotics (State Only); Cullen Jacene, Automation Tech; Kaitlyn McPherson,
   Cosmetology (Over 500 Hours); Ella Rogozenski, Safety Poster Design Team; Bianca Silveira, Promotional Bulletin Board
• Silver:  Emery Amtmann, Medical Terminology; Kevin Downing, Web Design
Bronze: Jacob Lisak, Plumbing

SUTTON
• Gold:  Benjamin Judson, Automotive Refinishing Technology

UPTON
• National Delegate Elect:  Kirsten Dinsmore
• Gold:  Chloe Terrell, Entrepreneurship
• Silver:  Kirsten Dinsmore, Restaurant Service

UXBRIDGE
• Gold:  Madison Gannon, Related Technical Math; Casey Goyette, Urban Search & Rescue; Riley Holt and Robert Mellen, Mechatronics; Abigail Manuels,
   Promotional Bulletin Board; Khushi Patel, Nursing Assisting; Adam Pratt, Robotics and Automation Tech; Caroline Sanford, Mobile Robotics (State Only)
• Silver:  Riley Goyette, Mobile Robotics
• Bronze:  Autumn Herrick, Telecommunications Cabling