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Vermont Tech students take gold and bronze in the State SkillsUSA Championship

News Release -- Vermont Tech
April 12, 2018

Amanda Chaulk
Vermont Tech
C: 802-879-2373

- Ten students win in several skills competitions, head to Nationals in June -

RANDOLPH, Vt. — Vermont Technical College is pleased to announce that several teams of students and individuals won gold in SkillsUSA annual statewide competitions on March 31st, April 4th and April 5th. In addition, a team also won Bronze in Additive Manufacturing. All competitors are enrolled in engineering technology programs at Vermont Tech. Winners were awarded their prizes at the banquet on April 5th. The winners and their hometown locations are:

GOLD, Automated Manufacturing Technology – Mark Turco of Mount Holly, VT, Casey Baroffio of Northfield, VT, and Matt Stanislas of St. Albans, VT
GOLD, Additive Manufacturing – Deema AL Namee of South Burlington, VT and Aric Donerkiel of Colchester, VT
GOLD, Technical Drafting – Caleb White of Chester, VT
GOLD, Job Skills Demonstration A – Wes McEntee or Hinesburg, VT
GOLD, Related Technical Math – Blake Nemeth of Johnson, VT
BRONZE, Additive Manufacturing – Aaron Hogan of Jericho, VT and Nathan (Nate) Whipple of Wallingford, VT.

“Vermont Tech is proud of all of them as students and as statewide competitors,” said Christopher Gray, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Vermont Tech. “They have chosen to go above and beyond what is expected and challenge their skills and knowledge against national standards, which represent the highest standards for technical education in the country."

This is the second year that Vermont Tech has fielded a collegiate competitive team. Last year’s team placed fifth in the country at the Nationals. This year’s college students will compete in the Nationals to be held in Kentucky this June.

In Vermont and regional SkillsUSA events, Vermont Tech awards scholarships to first, second and third place winners for high school and college students.

Photo caption, pictured left to right: Professor Gray, Wes McEntee, Mark Turco, Casey Baroffio, Deema AL Namee, Aric Donerkeil, Blake Nemeth, Caleb White. Not pictured: Matthew Stanislas, Aaron Hogan and Nathan Whipple.

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