Three CMHS seniors take top honors in PA State SkillsUSA competition | News, Sports, Jobs
HERSHEY — While participating in the PA State SkillsUSA competition in Hershey recently, members of the Keystone Central Career and Technology team took home top honors.
Central Mountain High School seniors Alexander Eisenhower, Brian Taylor and Gabriel Coakley won first place in the Career Pathways Showcase – Industrial and Engineering Technology.
Student teams use their curriculum as the basis for a project that will benefit their class, school, community, or industry. The CMHS team designed a water filter that could be used to filter water for an entire household. Their product offers a simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly solution for families in Third World populations who have few drinking water resources.
Thanks to their efforts, the students won a gold medal and are now eligible to represent their school in the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, Georgia in June. They also each won a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year for 4 years) from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The team pointed out, “The competition was a cool experience. While it might be nerve-wracking, it was also a confidence-booster. We have become more confident in our presentation at each level of competition, and we are excited to be heading to national championships.
Drawing Design Technology Instructor, Fred Hoy states, “I am so proud of the efforts of our students and so happy that their hard work paid off in the state competition. I can’t wait for the students to participate in the national championships.
Coming in at a very respectable second place was a community service team made up of CMHS juniors, Emma Evey, Kurt Yap, Melissa Clymer and seniors, Rachel Glossner and Yvonne Jordan. The team submitted a presentation on the Jared boxes they created with the help of high school students and the community, which were then donated to the Geisinger located in Danville.
Other students who earned the right to compete at the state level were CMHS juniors Brooke Love, placing 8th in customer service and Rachel Hall, placing 6th in technical writing. Senior, Emily Bartlett, placed 4th in the Professional Health Professions Portfolio.