For the first time in the chapter’s development, the PCTA SkillsUSA team became the state’s top medal winner at the 39th Annual Rhode Island SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony. PCTA won 36 overall medals, 14 of which were gold. The gold medal winners will represent their school and state from June 22-27 at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky.
The gold medalists are:
- Michael Jimenez – HVAC
- Adrian Matos – Sheet Metal
- Juan Reyes – Plumbing
- Francisco Lopez – Welding
- Milton Dahn – Masonry
- Mariela Chang – Restaurant Service
- Yanilette Cepeda & Alexandra Warnell – Community Action Project
- Katherine Suero, Vanesssa Montes de Oca and Alexandra Rodriguez – Community Service
- Alex Gianfrancesco – Action Skills
- Keyton Brown – Industrial Motors & Controls
- Emanual Rivera – Job Skill Demonstration
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza attended the state competition and addressed the large crowd during introductions. The 36 medalists were also recognized at a recent meeting of the Providence School Board.
The PCTA chapter has been recognized as one of the top 24 performing chapters in the United States and has received top honors nationally in SkillsUSA’s “Models of Excellence” program. The chapter has experienced year-over-year growth in overall student participation, teacher participation, contest registrations, overall medal count and gold medal count.
A series of interviews and presentations will take place while in Louisville to determine the overall winners. The award includes a $2,000 grant from Lowe’s.
PCTA will host its 3rd Annual SkillsUSA Fundraiser Golf Tournament on Friday, August 14 at the Agawam Hunt Club. All proceeds will be donated for student travel expenses for the PCTA team’s trip to Louisville. The cost of $100 per golfer includes 18 holes on a prestigious course, steak dinner, gift bag and more. Additional information, including an online payment option, can be found at www.pctagolf.com.