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Tech High Shines at National Skills Competition!

Posted July 2, 2018

Washington County Technical High School (WCTHS) was well represented with the State of Maryland at the 54th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference recently.  From June 25th through June 30th, the eleven student competitors, two faculty and two administrators traveled, competed and practiced leadership skills in Louisville Kentucky.  At the Opening Ceremony the Lead Advisor and Academy of Health Professions instructor for WCTHS, Marjorie Kellman, was honored as one of only five finalists chosen from across the nation for SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year.

Throughout the week, the students had long days back and forth from the hotel to the Kentucky Expo Center for competitions.  They transported and set up equipment for their areas, oriented, interviewed and represented themselves well from their specific Career Technical areas at school.  A rising Senior in the Electrical program, Ryan Robertson, placed 5th in the Nation for Electrical Construction Wiring and received several tool sets related to his area.  Mr. Curt Wood from the Criminal Justice program joined Mrs. Kellman in chaperoning the students including his three students who placed first at state championships. They were recent graduates competing in Crime Scene Investigation with other students from across the nation.  The team of Jodi Bentz, Jordan Kimble and Alisha Smith placed 6th in the Nation!   Katie Hardy, a June graduate from the Early Childhood Education program placed 14th in the Nation and represented Maryland, as well as WCTHS, well.  The two teams from the Computer Repair and Networking program (CRAN) who competed in Career Pathways Showcase placed 9th and 11th in the Nation respectively.  The 9th place team was comprised of rising Seniors Caleb Gee, Leah Lindsay and Stephen Smith while the 11th place team was Maliek Fuller-Williamson, Dylan McGill and Christopher Trovinger, also rising Seniors.

It was a long week, filled with long hours, professional competition uniforms, meals on the run and few hours of sleep but also with the chance to network with other like-minded students from across the nation and exchange state pins or speak with college and industry representatives.  Rodney Gayman, new principal at WCTHS and Scott Buhrman, assistant principal, attended and were impressed by the sheer volume of people and space in the competition area! Over 16,000 students, professional members, advisors and business partners were in attendance with over 6,000 competitors in over 100 contests!  In all, it was a proud moment for Washington County Technical High School, with 11 student competitors, seven in the top ten and ALL in the top 14 and one Advisor in the top 5 of the Nation!  Go WCTHS! Go Maryland! Go SkillsUSA!!

To view the opening ceremony video, complete with a tribute to Mrs. Kellman, click here.

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