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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center Celebrates the 2022 SkillsUSA State Competition


Congratulations to Seneca Highlands SkillsUSA contestants who participated in the 2022 State competition in Hershey Pa on April 6-8. There were 18 students total who attended the competition. Six out of 18 students earned medals:   

Ana Penick, a sophomore from Port Allegany, was awarded with a bronze medal for Restaurant Services. 

Forester Smoker won a bronze medal for his Job Interview. Forester is a senior from Cameron County High School.   

Hunter Dumire, a junior from Smethport, won a silver medal in the Job Skills Open competition.   

Our gold medalists included a three person team of Seneca Highlands CTC Safety Committee members; 

Health Assistant student Olivia Rossman (Smethport), 

Networking student Meryk Ault (Port Allegany), and 

Culinary student Seth Benson (Port Allegany). 

Additional competitors included:
Student Class School Competition
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Sophia Snowman      Junior      Coudersport
McKenzie Hurd        Junior      Coudersport
Karlie Benson           Senior       Coudersport 

Clarissa Moses         Senior          Port Allegany    Medical Assisting 

Haley Durphy          Senior          Smethport    Early Childhood Education 

Levi Culver              Junior         Port Allegany            Cyber Security 

Quiz Bowl-
Danielle Miller    Senior    Galeton
Bryn Easton        Senior    Port Allegany
Shakira Yoder     Junior    Kane
Alliyah Penick     Senior    Port Allegany
Mikya Stake        Junior    Port Allegany

SkillsUSA is a student organization that celebrates career readiness. It is based upon a framework, which combines personal, workplace, and technical skills. Throughout the year, students work with their teachers and peers to build skills that can help propel them directly into the workforce or post secondary education. 

The shops at the CTC include Heath Assistance, Homeland Security, Early Childhood Education, Networking, Culinary, Engineering, Automotive, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Building Construction, and Welding.  In these shops, the students not only learn how to perform the tasks specific to that trade, they also learn lifelong skills in leadership, civic mindedness, resume building, prioritization, communication, and teamwork. 

SkillsUSA is a forum in which select students can showcase these special skills on a much larger scale.   

These students have overcome many challenges in preparing for the competition.  Our teams faced the special obstacle of attending different home school districts, as well as the challenge of attending CTC at different times.  In order to prepare for their competitions, they had to collaborate with other shops, community members, and teachers in the creation of their projects.  

In addition, many of these students have jobs that have made adjustments to accommodate students in this event. This required added responsibility and planning on the part of the student.  Students have worked hard to develop teamwork and leadership skills while at the CTC. 

SkillsUSA is an exciting career building opportunity. Seneca Highlands CTC is very proud to be a part of the development of our communities’ future leaders.

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