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SkillsUSA District 9 Competition

Western Area recently hosted the SkillsUSA District 9 Competition where students belonging to the District 9 chapter came together to compete in demonstrating their knowledge and skills in various tasks in their chosen field. The competition was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Nine schools and approximately 190 students from surrounding school districts throughout southwestern Pennsylvania participated in the District 9 competitions. Twenty-one Western Area students placed in the competition.

The students and the schools they represented are:

FIRST PLACE: Mykenzie Tripp, Basic Health Care, Chartiers-Houston; Zoe Powell, CNC Turning Specialist, McGuffey; Consuelo Mish, Culinary Arts, Trinity Area; Amber McClelland, Health Knowledge Bowl, Burgettstown Area; McKenzie Huber, Health Knowledge Bowl, Burgettstown Area; Nicole Durbin, Health Knowledge Bowl, Burgettstown Area; Kayla Blaser, Health Knowledge Bowl, Canon-McMillan; Kyle Statkus, Masonry, McGuffey; Jacob Gibson, HVACR, Burgettstown Area; and Carley Phillips, Nurse Assisting; Canon-McMillan.

SECOND PLACE: Logan Stupak, Electrical Construction Wiring, Trinity Area; Vincent Ventura, Medical Terminology, Canon-McMillan; Logan Donnelly, Maintenance Light Repair, Avella Area; and Logan Fleeman, CNC Machining, Homeschooled, (Burgettstown Area).

THIRD PLACE: Drew Peterson, Health Occupation Professional Portfolio, Canon-McMillan; Laya Pokorny, Nail Care, Peters Township; Hannah Hutton, Nail Model, Canon-McMillan; Lee Almo, HVAC, Chartiers-Houston; Arthur Batson, Carpentry, Homeschooled (Washington); Aaron Hamilton, Electrical Occupations, Homeschooled (Trinity Area); and Nathan Rotellini, Masonry, Burgettstown Area.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and for further education. A partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, SkillsUSA offers opportunities for students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills. Allison Scaife is Western Area's SkillsUSA advisor.