Students from various technical schools throughout Pennsylvania, including Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT), competed in the 2019 SkillsUSA state competitions earlier this month. The competitions were held on April 10–12, 2019 in Hershey, PA. MBIT had 34 competitors participating who earned a total of 19 medals: 5 gold medal winners, 1 silver medal winner and 13 bronze medal winners. In addition, Ms. Kathryn Gingolaski, a senior from Central Bucks South, and a student in the Medical and Health Professions program, returned as a SkillsUSA State Officer for the 2018–2019 school year. Middle Bucks is extremely proud our students and their accomplishments.
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, and technical education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical students, and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations. The contests are planned by technical committees comprised of representatives of labor and management, and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. In addition to competitions focusing on technical skills, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership abilities. Leadership development contests include areas concentrating on public speaking, job interview, business procedure, and professionalism.
Gold medals were awarded to Vincent Bova for Building Construction (Building Trades Occupations/Central Bucks East), William Rossman for Information Technology Service (Networking & Operating Systems Security/Central Bucks East), Matt Musick for Television Production (Multimedia Technology/Central Bucks East), Kalei Casiano for Cooperative Education Competition (Early Childhood Care & Education/Central Bucks South), and Skylar Pinto for Television Production (Multimedia Technology/Central Bucks West).
Silver medal was awarded to Garrett Chirik for Welding (Welding Technology/Central Bucks South).
Bronze medals were awarded to Justin Colluro for Web Design (Web Design & Interactive Media/Archbishop Wood), Stephanie Kuhns for Crime Scene Investigation (Public Safety/Central Bucks East), Garred Rankin-Wahlers for Crime Scene Investigation (Public Safety/Central Bucks East), Lucas Rosenthal for Crime Scene Investigation (Public Safety/Central Bucks East), Eddie Kenna for Audio Production (Multimedia Technology/Central Bucks South), Tyler Natkin for Automotive Service Technology (Automotive Technology/Central Bucks South), Gianna Crespo for Dental Assisting (Dental Occupations/Central Bucks South), Justin Rieber for Electrical Construction Wiring (Electrical Technology/Central Bucks South), Alexandre DeGlas for Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair (Automotive Technology/Central Bucks South), Kathryn Gingolaski for Prepared Speech (Medical & Health Professions/Central Bucks South), Hailey Krebs for Web Design(Web Design & Interactive Media/Central Bucks South), Emily Decking for Restaurant Service (Culinary Arts & Science/Central Bucks West), and Zach Gehring for Audio Production (Multimedia Technology/Council Rock North).