Silver medalists

CM grads take second place in National SkillsUSA Championships

KCSD PHOTO From left, Elizabeth Bottorf, Avery Mahoney, and Julia Knarr, placed second at SkillsUSA in the Community Service competition.

From staff reports

MILL HALL –Elizabeth Bottorf, Julia Knarr and Avery Mahoney recently participated in the National SkillsUSA Championships and won second place in the Community Service competition.

Bottorf, Knarr and Mahoney are 2019 graduates of Keystone Central Career and Technology Center/Central Mountain High School and qualified for the national event after taking first place in the state competition.

This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 103 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest skill competition in the world.

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 26-27, as part of the SkillsUSA 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.

During the week, more than 6,400 outstanding career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Bottorf, Knarr and Mohoney’s Community Service project encompassed raising awareness and assisting those in our area affected by a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

A few examples included organizing a bicycle helmet giveaway in partnership with Encompass Health, organizing a #20 Strong Walk, participating in a brain based STEM activity with Lock Haven Catholic School and also donating books related to TBI’s.

Keystone Central School District also received equipment for their adaptive physical education class through this Community Service Project.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions.

Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. The local trio received silver medallions along with other small prizes.

KCSD and the Community Service team would like to thank the following businesses for making this opportunity possible– Appalachian Drilling Services, Aarden Inc.(Abry’s), Central Pennsylvania Auto Auction, Haffley Insurance Inc., Miller Brothers Auto Sales, Nicholas Meat, LLC, and Puff Super Value Inc.

The Community Service team also recognizes the support and effort received from the Keystone Central School Board, Keystone Central administration, Central Mountain High School administration and staff, Keystone Central Foundation, and the local community.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job.

SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.