Milton Hershey School Students Participate, Receive Honors in SkillsUSA Competition

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Students recognized for career and technical skills

Milton Hershey School and SkillsUSA students honored at the district competition.

“Students who participate in SkillsUSA are receiving a valuable career experience,” said Michael DeAcosta, SkillsUSA Advisor for the MHS chapter.

Milton Hershey School students involved with SkillsUSA recently were awarded for their career and technical education skills in a district competition.

Based on the students’ chosen career concentrations and CTE pathways, MHS teachers and staff helped train them for the event. The following students received medals for their exceptional skills in a concentrated area:

  • Elijah Conniff – Gold Medalist for Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Justice Baumgardner – Gold Medalist for First Aid/CPR
  • Rebecca Jay – Gold Medalist for Job Interview
  • Alex Ziegler – Silver Medalist for Customer Service
  • Raymond Van Zandt – Silver Medalist for Architectural Drafting
  • Mark Johnson, Josi Daugherty, Tianna Ford and Stephanie Ferreira – Bronze Medalists for Crime Scene Investigation Team
  • Matt Rocktashel – Bronze Medalist for Architectural Drafting
  • Xena Pironti – Bronze Medalist for Graphic Communications

“Participating in the SkillsUSA competition has been a very educational and entertaining experience. It's exciting to be able to utilize the public speaking skills I have developed through the Law, Public Safety and Security career pathway,” said senior Elijah Conniff.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The program helps students develop technical skills and excel through educational programs and competitions.

“Students who participate in SkillsUSA are receiving a valuable career experience,” said Michael DeAcosta, SkillsUSA Advisor for the MHS chapter. “They also are recognizing the dignity of work and developing skills and knowledge for the world of work.”

All MHS high school students are required to choose a CTE pathway beginning in ninth grade. The school’s CTE program offers 11 hands-on training career options. Programs like SkillsUSA provides students with additional career exposure and preparation.

To learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education program, visit mhskids.org.

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