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Tech High Student Wins Gold at National SkillsUSA Competition

Tech High Student Wins Gold at National SkillsUSA Competition

Hagerstown, MD (July 14, 2010): Ashley Willingham of Washington County Technical High School won first place in the preschool teaching competition at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, MO, June 21-25, 2010. It marks the second time in the past three years Tech High has won gold at the national competition, along with a bronze medal, and several top ten awards. This year Katie Coffman earned sixth place in Health Occupations Portfolio and the team of Keegan Boyce, Alexander Burt and Taylor Davis won tenth place in Engineering Technology. Other Tech High students competing at the national event were Danielle Gesford (14th place - Photography), Deanna Molnar (20th place - Architectural Drafting), Michael Corcoran (21st place - Collision Repair), William Gigeous and Genevieve Moore (28th place - Television [Video] Production), and Amy Syverson (29th place - Advertising Design).
A Tech High team comprised of Deanna Molnar and Rodney McCoy also took part in a demonstration of a design they created of a green portable classroom for the State Farm Insurance Innovation in Sustainability Showcase. The project was one of a select few from across the country awarded grant money from State Farm.
Tammy Wilson, advisor to first place winner Ashley Willingham, said, "Ashley's focus and passion for teaching youth resulted in her first place honor, but more importantly, this experience will provide her the foundation to be successful in college and her future teaching career."
Tech High was represented by 12 students, four teachers and Principal Jeff Stouffer at the competition.
SkillsUSA is an organization that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled technical and service occupations.

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