Students Win 36 Medals at State SkillsUSA Competition

Tri-County Regional’s high school and post-secondary students brought home 36 medals from the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championships held from April 27 to April 29 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Tri-County sent 75 students to the state conference, with 22 high school students and 14 post-secondary students receiving medals. The gold medal winners advance to the National SkillsUSA Competition to be held in Louisville at the end of June.

Tri-County's high school gold medalists are Kaylee Dunn (Early Childhood) of North Attleboro, Armen Eghian (Career Pathways: Arts and Communications) of Seekonk, Eric Bernard (Career Pathways: Arts and Communications) of Plainville, Tyler Mello (Career Pathways: Arts and Communications) of Seekonk, Ashley O’Handley (Nontraditional Portfolio) of Plainville, and Mackenzie Michaud (Nontraditional Portfolio) of North Attleboro.

Post-Secondary gold medalists are Verkeh Kerkula (First Aid/CPR) of Pawtucket, RI, Alyssa Blakely (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Lincoln, RI, Ydelie Guerrier (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Cranston, RI, McKenzie Sherman (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of North Attleboro, Christine Wanjiru (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Worcester, and Rebecca Cavallari (Medical Technology) of Plainville. 

The high school silver medalists are Abigail Pacheco (Action Skills) of Seekonk, Caroline Aspinwall (Career Pathways: Health Services) of Walpole, Corrine Blassetti (Career Pathways: Health Services) of North Attleboro, Andrea DeLeon (Career Pathways: Health Services) of North Attleboro, CJ Roy (Criminal Justice) of Franklin, Madison Chamberlain (Nontraditional Portfolio) of North Attleboro, and Joe Renovato-Sanchez (Nontraditional Portfolio) of Franklin.

The Post-Secondary silver medalists are Celina Caseiro (First Aid/CPR) of Pawtucket, RI, Aril Birch (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Seekonk, Joseph DiMarzio (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Woonsocket, RI, Natalie Hart (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Franklin, Emily Jones (Health Knowledge Bowl Team) of Walpole and Courtney Kelly (Medical Math) of Franklin.

High School Bronze medalists are Adrianna Oliveira (Career Pathways: Business) of Seekonk, Damien O’Keefe (Career Pathways: Business) of North Attleboro, Hannah Davis (Exploratory Project Demo) of Franklin, Katherine Pensak (Criminal Justice) of Walpole, Amanda Merigo (First Aid/CPR) of North Attleboro, Sydney (Alex) McDonald (Promotional Bulletin Board) of Seekonk, Alex Backlund (Promotional Bulletin Board) of Wrentham and Caitlin Tavares (Advertising Design) of Seekonk.

Donna Guadagno (Cosmetology) of Sherborn and Sarah Calderbank (Practical Nursing) of North Attleboro won Bronze medals for Post-Secondary education.

Also, Caitlin Tavares was appointed as National Voting Delegate.  Since SkillsUSA is a student-run organization, Caitlin will represent Massachusetts in governing the affairs of the program during the national conference in June.  She along with Eric Bernard, Tyler Mello, Armen Eghian and Kaylee Dunn will attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from June 19 to June 24.

SkillsUSA is a national professional organization for career and technical students that provides leadership, citizenship and character development programs. Competitions run at the local and state level give students the opportunity to demonstrate both occupational and leadership skills. All Tri-County students are members of SkillsUSA.