Going to Nationals

KC Career and Technical Center SkillsUSA team brings home gold

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central Career and Technical Center SkillsUSA Community Service team comprised of Avery Mahoney, Liz Bottorf and Julia Knarr brought home the gold at the SkillsUSA state competition held in Hershey April 10-12. Not only will the team travel to Kentucky in June for the SkillsUSA National Competition, they will each receive a $10,000 scholarship to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Their community service project was to educate and inform the community about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The team held a walk, an all night volleyball contest, a KCSD dress down day, a change for change at Lock Haven Catholic School, and sold t-shirts to raise money for their initiative. In total, they raised just under $8,000.

From the money raised, $3,500 was donated to Jersey Shore student Caleb Leone to aide in his recovery costs from an injury suffered at the beginning of the 2018 football season. The team also donated to Mrs. Katie Bidwell’s adaptive PE classes and the Brain Association of Pennsylvania.

In addition to these contributions, the team also held an elementary coloring contest of a turtle riding a bike and wearing a helmet. Students K-5 were asked to write why wearing a helmet is important and colored the picture. In total, out of hundreds of entries, 15 students across the district won a new helmet, two won a new scooter and helmet, and one won a new bike and helmet.

“We were so excited and overwhelmed, all of our hard work paid off” said Julia Knarr.

“We want to thank all of our advisors, our parents, and everyone who helped us this past year. Without them we would not have done so well” said Liz Bottorf.

Avery Mahoney mentioned that Caleb Leone and his strength provided them the motivation to inform the community about Traumatic Brain Injury and to educate the community about the importance of brain injury prevention.

There were several second place finishers who have each earned a $7,500 scholarship to Pennsylvania College of Technology. They include the team of Zach Eck, Ross Glossner, and Ethan Neff in Automated Manufacturing; Tanner Bierly, Austin Confer, and Bryce Neff, the Career Pathways Engineering team, and Joslyn Kramer in in Medical Terminology, and Micah Schallin Technical Math.

Maranda Hanley earned 3rd place for Medical Assistant and earned herself a $5,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarship.

There were also several honorable mentions for the KCSD teams and they include: Abbie Bartkowski for Extemporaneous Speaking, Logan Fryer in Job Interview, and the team of Caitlin Cooper, Abbey Masorti and Makenna Butler for Career Pathways Showcase Health Services.

The KCSD SkillsUSA teams are advised by Shan Packer, Daci Killinger, and Jennifer Walters. The students also receive help and guidance from various KCSD staff.

SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory, and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education programs.