From left to right Newport Medalists Michael Eng, Eli Weininger, Benjamin Townsend, Caroline Warner, Abigail Mosher, Leslie Ortiz, William Feury, Stella Garcia, Margaret Coen, Eleni Cooper.

The following announcement has been provided by Newport Public Schools.

On Wednesday, March 27th SkillsUSA Rhode Island awarded 300 medals recognizing student achievement at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Students from the Newport Area Career & Technical Center received fifteen (15) of those medals: 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze. The Newport Area Career & Technical Center had thirty-one (31) students competing this year, and fifteen (15) received medals as indicated:

Gold Medalists

  • Michael Eng – Cyber Security
  • William Feury – Web Design
  • Stella Garcia – Technical Computer Applications
  • Abigail Mosher – Commercial Baking
  • Leslie Ortiz – Web Design
  • Benjamin Townsend – Cyber Security

Silver Medalists

  • Emma Daigneault – Web Design
  • Pierce Mott – Cyber Security
  • Nathan Murphy – Technical Computer Applications
  • Christine Sicilian – Web Design
  • Eli Weininger – Cyber Security

Bronze Medalists

  • Jennah-Lynn Baker – Restaurant Service
  • Margaret Coen – Web Design
  • Eleni Cooper – Web Design
  • Caroline Warner – Technical Computer Applications

Newport’s gold medalists will represent Rhode Island at the 55th Skills USA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 24th – 28th, 2019, a showcase of career and technical education students.  More than 18,000 people, including students, teachers, and industry partners are expected to participate.   

SkillsUSA Championships will be held Wednesday and Thursday (June 26th & 27th). More than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – will compete hands on in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Fundraising efforts to support the gold medalist’s trip to Louisville are underway, with a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser planned for Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Vasco da Gama Hall, 15 Fenner Avenue, Newport. Tickets are $20.00 per person and may be purchased at the door.

“I am so proud of our students, teachers and leaders. This is a great recognition of all the exemplary work our students do because of the unbelievable teachers and programs at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center and Rogers High School. Viking students get better and better each year at the competitions. Last year, Eliza Taylor was second in the country in Technical Computer Applications and I am hopeful national accolades will be awarded this year. We are on the national map!” Superintendent of Schools Colleen Burns Jermain remarked.

The SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships were held through various locations during the month of March. The annual SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships is a showcase of career and technical education students where more than 1,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 65 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

“We have students of various skill levels showcasing their skills and 
putting them to the test in front of volunteers from business and 
industry.” said Joshua Klemp, executive director.  “We are very proud of 
all of the students for their accomplishments. By showing their dedication to excellence in occupational and leadership skills, the students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships are true “champions at work.”

During the SkillsUSA RI Championships, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as 
electronics, biotechnology, welding, health care and culinary arts. All 
contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor 
organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, 
leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included 
extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary 
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Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA RI championships event is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.