SkillsUSA members in Levittown Public Schools' Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center took home numerous medals in both the regional and New York State SkillsUSA competitions for their designated areas of study. With the help of SkillsUSA adviser Kristina Cuomo and teachers, a total of 13 members medaled at the regional competition, while six members earned top awards in the New York State competition. The competition allows Career and Technical students from across the state to showcase their abilities.
At the regional level, GC Tech first place winners included LynaBenhammou, Medical Assisting; Francis Granickas, Automotive Service Basic and Ryan Kushner, Employment Application Process. Second place regional winners included Jonathan Fiorello, Action Skills; Kaitlyn Nightingale, Employment Application Process; Ryan Walshe, Job Skills Demonstration and John Tringali, Carpenter's Assistant. Third place recipients included Julia Davie for Commercial Baking and Bianca Mersten for Food Preparation Assistant. Additionally, four students received third place for Health Knowledge Bowl. These included Brooke Gambino, Brianna Guzman, Jillian Martinson and Jamal Zafar.
First place New York State winners included Wantagh High School student Ashley Bailey, with the help of her model Savannah Rizzi, in the Action Skills category and Jason Salinas-Gavilanes from Division Avenue High School for the Medical Math category. Second place winners consisted of Division Avenue High School students Nicholas Brown and Zachary Schmidt in the 3D Visualization and Animation category. In addition, MacArthur High School student Alyssa Wheat earned second place in the First Aid/CPR category and Wantagh High School student Ryan Kushner was crowned the third place winner in the Employment Application Process category.
Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work!