The Daily Item
NEW BERLIN — Four students from SUN Area Technical Institute brought home first place gold medals from the 46th Annual Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Leadership Conference held April 3-5 at the Hershey Convention Center and the Lebanon Expo.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and business and industry working together to endure America has a skilled workforce. The student organization is geared specifically for students enrolled in career and technical training.
The state contests are designed and planned by representatives of labor and management to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students as they strive for excellence and pride in their chosen professions and in positions of leadership.
First place, gold medal honors went to Levi Cross in Collision Repair; cosmetology students Amanda Torres in Action Skill; Ashley Wilson in Esthetics, and Kayla Dunkle in Nail Care. Serving as models for the Esthetics and Nail Care Contests were Alicia Boutin and Brandi Hollenbach.
Receiving second place silver medal honors were cosmetology students Keirsten Dauberman in Cosmetology; Miriana Mangiapane in Job Skill Demonstration A, and masonry student Adam Klase in post-secondary Masonry.
Receiving third place bronze medals awards were Andrew Martin in Welding Sculpture and Matt Zerbe, Cody Kremser, Andrew Stahl and Ethan Witmer in Team Works.
Other SUN participants included: Andrew Brady, Internetworking; Patrick Thomas, Industrial Motor Control; Robert Zimmerman, Electrical Wiring; Dakota Eberhart, HVAC; Robert Girvin, Welding; Paige Feltman, Prepared Speaking; Claudia Pehowic, Extemporaneous Speaking; Johnathan Fetterolf, Painting and Decorating; Logan Trego, Carpentry and Heather Bowersox, Restaurant Services.
All first place skill winners received tuition scholarships to the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the amount of $2,500 per year, second place winners received tuition scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year and third place winners received tuition scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per year.
In addition to the Penn College scholarships, Levi Cross, Collision Repair gold medalist, won a $10,000 scholarship to the Automotive Training Center, an $8,500 scholarship to Wyoming Tech, and a welding jacket and gloves from Miller Electric Manufacturing Company. Kayla Dunkle received nail care supplies for her first place finish from the OPI Corporation. Team Works Competitors received tools from Kobalt Tools for their third place finish, and Dakota Eberhart received a $2,000 scholarship to The University of Northwestern Ohio for his participation in the HVAC contest.
First place winners will now advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-29.