BILLERICA -- Eighteen students from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School attended the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., where they competed in a variety of skill areas, including Basic Health Care Skills, Health Knowledge Bowl, Screen Printing, Technical Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship, Team Works and Residential Wiring.
Ten students placed sixth place or higher, including one first-place finisher.
Megan Brown of Billerica, a junior in the Health Assisting program, earned a gold medal in Basic Health Care Skills, with a total score of 958 out of 1,000 points. The competition consisted of a written knowledge test, a presentation on blood typing, an oral interview and different hands-on stations, including demonstrating skills in calculating a patient’s total fluid intake and output, taking and documenting vital signs and the application of sterile gloves.
The Health Knowledge Bowl finished fourth. The team consisted of senior Sarah Constantino (Tewksbury), juniors Michelle Chen (Wilmington) and Elaina Cobb of (Billerica), and sophomore Leah Veloz (Tewksbury). Health Knowledge Bowl is a competition in which students from health programs answer health-related questions. Students must know a host of health topics ranging from diseases and anatomy to safety and ethics.
Also finishing fourth was Shaunna Ford (Billerica), a junior in the Graphic Communications program who competed in Screen Printing. The two-day competition tested her skills in screen coating, inspection and tensioning on the first day, and print inspection, registration and the ability to print six perfect six-color shirts in seven minutes on day two.
The Team Works squad -- plumber James Alagna and carpenter Conor Roy, both seniors from Billerica, electrician Jessica Cacciola, a senior from Tewksbury, and mason Madison Musto, a junior from Wilmington -- placed sixth.
Team Works is a grueling, four-day contest that brings together a plumber, carpenter, electrician and mason, and challenges them to construct a one-room dwelling. Madison smashed a finger with a hammer on the first day of competition but never once bowed out.
Students qualified for the National Conference by earning a gold medal at the state-level competition.
Joining Shawsheen Tech at the National Conference were:
n Ben Quattrocchi (senior, Billerica) in Technical Computer Applications.
n The team of seniors Jacqueline Woodward (Billerica), Marissa Kearney (Billerica) and Noah Canto (senior), and junior Matthew Callahan (Billerica).
n Christopher Spurrell (senior, Billerica) in Electrical Construction Wiring.
n Two state gold-medalists whose categories did not include a national contest -- Emily Ovesen (junior, Burlington) in Cosmetology, and Grace Clark (sophomore, Bedford) in Masonry.