On Jan. 17, 23 total representatives from the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center travelled to New Castle to compete in the District 10 Skills USA competition. These competitors were given the opportunity to demonstrate how vital career and technical education is to America’s future through their applied learning, presentations, demonstrations, speaking and employability skills.

The SHCTC fared pretty well at the competition bringing home two individual first places and a two-person team first place, two second places and a four-person team second place, and two third places.

Skills USA is a nonprofit national student organization that serves students enrolled in a career and technical school. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible citizens and it complements the skills training received at the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center.

First place students will attend the state competition for SkillsUSA in Hershey, Pennsylvania in April. Faculty and staff are very proud of all the student competitors who attended the district level competition and perhaps some of the state competitors at the Seneca Highland Career and Technical Center will advance to the national level.

The following list are students from the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center and their home district which placed at the competition.

First place winners (gold)

  • Cyber Security Team Corey Williams, Cameron County, and Zackary Howe, Kane
  • Job Interview: Bryce Gold, Otto Eldred
  • Restaurant Service Jade Huffman, Oswayo Valley

Second place winners (silver)

  • Diesel Equipment Technology: Travis Snyder, Northern Potter
  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair: Tyler Baldwin, Smethport
  • Quiz Bowl Team: Elizabeth Vito, Kane; Trenton Smith, Kane; Quincy Dailey, Northern Potter; Chase Trask, Smethport

Third place winners (bronze)

  • Internetworking: Kolby Hosterman, Port Allegany
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio: Jordan Glover, Austin