The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 15, 2013

A-Tech students shine at state competitions

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JEFFERSON —

Juniors also worked with children in schools with the program, “Be a buddy, not a bully.” This program helps individuals understand potential issues a bullying victim might face as well as what actions to take if you see bullying occur.

A-Tech SkillsUSA members were also competing last month against students from around the state. Skills USA gives students an opportunity to independently as well as creatively solve many problematic situations and compete against each other in a specific area of study. Skills USA has many different levels of competition, including local, regional, state and national. A-Tech students competed in Columbus on April 23 and 24.

David West, a senior in the Public Safety Academy, participated in the firefighting competition. He described his experience as “determination, exhaustion and preparation.”

“SkillsUSA is a great way for many people to get together for some friendly competition. All of the travel time to get to and from Columbus was well worth the five minutes of the firefighting competition in which I competed,” West said. “You basically pour your heart into it and push your body to the limits. All in all, Skills USA is a great experience that I think everyone should be interested in.”

The Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus had a total of 22 medal winners. Fourteen of these students brought home Bronze Medals, including Tommy Gullo, Chris Gress, Haley Weisgarber, Nicole Bowins, Chris Otto, Nikki Dubecky, Nichole Shadow, Seader Evans, Brandon Suchala, Leilany Pagan, Louis Castrillion, Justin Peigowski and Amir BenDaali. There were eight students who brought home a Silver Medal including, Ariel Brown, Christine Sloban, Dave Baker, Courtney Carr, Evan Zubeck, Levi Joerns, Collin O’ Brien and Jason Herr.

Congratulations to everyone for making A-Tech proud and representing themselves with honor and pride. Best of luck to seniors in all of their future endeavors!

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