Tech Center students to compete on national stage

Twenty-one high school students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center who won gold medals at the 42nd annual SkillsUSA Maryland State Leadership and Skills Conference Saturday will go on to represent the state at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., in June.

Students earned 41 medals — 21 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze.


Gold medal award winners:

State Pin Design category: Marc Lazaga of Westminster High

CNC Milling: Jacob Flaugher of Westminster High

Cosmetology: Priscilla Ditzel of Francis Scott Key High

Digital Cinema Production: Casey Fair and Tim Petrie of Francis Scott Key High

Entrepreneurship: Alyssa Barefield of Westminster High, Miriah Goeres of South Carroll High, Valerie Roberts of Century High and Dominique Wiscovitch of Winters Mill High

Masonry: Mark Yingling of Winters Mill High

Medical Terminology: Cody Bistline of South Carroll High

Promotional Bulletin Board: Clare Mahr of Westminster High, Rachel Engle of Winters Mill High and Sarah Alexander of Westminster High

State T-shirt Design: Olivia Hurley of North Carroll High

TV Video Production: Dean Hernandez of North Carroll High and Taylor German of Winters Mill High

Team Works: Ryan Compton and Austin Craig of Liberty High, Ben Demetrakis of Westminster High and Madison Craumer of Francis Scott Key High

Silver medal award winners:

Advertising Design: Keeley Farkas of Westminster High


Broadcast News Production: Torri Farr, Weston Funk, Tara Hartnett and Zach Stiegler of Westminster High

HVAC: Brian Shaffer of Winters Mill High

Team Works: Shane Burda and Tanner Kraus of Westminster High, Brian Perez of South Carroll High and Dylan Ward of Francis Scott Key High

Welding: Logan Yingling of Westminster High

Bronze medal award winners:

Broadcast News Production: Alexis Bower of Winters Mill High, Cassie Buckalew of Liberty High, McKenna Neathery of Winters Mill High and Emilyann Wachter of Century High

Cosmetology: Jasmine Rock of Century High

Job Interview: Brianna Bullock of Westminster High

Photography: Melanie Tutin of Winters Mill High

State Pin Design: Brett Heffner of Winters Mill High

State T-shirt Design: Logan Wittman of Westminster High

This year students earned more awards than they ever have at the conference, Carroll County Public Schools said in a news release.

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center, located in Westminster, offers programs in computer science, engineering, construction, health and human services, transportation, and business and retail. Students must apply for acceptance into the two-semester programs, which they take in their junior or senior year.

Seventy-seven students from the center participated in 23 competitions this year. A total of 960 students from 22 of the state's 24 school systems competed at the event.

Although the state does not fund the trip to Kentucky, students do a variety of things to raise money for the trip, such as partnering with business and industry organizations in their communities, said Charles Wallace, state director of SkillsUSA and education program specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education.

Mike Campanile, SkillsUSA co-advisor and a masonry instructor, said the school plans to raise $30,000, through fundraisers such as a car wash and coupon book sales, to send gold medal winners to the national competition.

"I look at how exciting sports are for students and their parents … this has that same appeal, the only difference is that this aligns with a future career choice," Wallace said, adding that students are less likely to land a career in professional sports than they are in areas such as computer science or TV production.

Campanile said students spend weeks and months preparing for the competition. "This is learning at its highest level," he said. Students will test their knowledge in their desired career field against top talent across the nation, he said.

"This gives them an opportunity to get a practical, hands-on learning experience," Wallace said.


Those interested in donating to help students attend the national competition in Kentucky can contact Campanile or Tim Norwood, SkillsUSA co-advisory and culinary instructor, at 410-751-3669.