Bedford County Technical Center cosmetology student Destiny Mills recently captured first-place honors at the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA District 7 Competition for Career and Technology Education (CTE) students. As District 7 champion, she advances to the state competition in Hershey in April.

Mills was joined by 19 of her tech center peers as contestants at the annual event.

Along with Mills, other Bedford County Technical Center competitors included Eli Shaffer – Auto Service Technology; Tre Dawson – MLR (Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair); Hannah Regester – Commercial Baking; Faith Cogan — Esthetics; Mason Cessna – Masonry; Courtland Clark – Electrical Construction Wiring; Travis Kendall, Ezekiel Leonard, Seth Price and Benjamin Zimmerman — Team Works (Building Construction); Layne Defibaugh – Welding; Hailey Shade – Basic Health Care; Hannah Nicodemus – Custodial Maintenance; Paxton Sipes – Building Construction; Alexis Lantz – Medical Assisting; Chelsey Clark, Kassidy Clark, Andrea Sipes and Lexus Grubb – Health Occupations Knowledge Bowl

Technical center students who claimed second-place honors were Hailey Shade, Alexis Lantz, Mason Cessna and Layne Defibaugh, while third-place honors went to Paxton Sipes, Hannah Register, Hannah Nicodemus, Travis Kendall, Ezekiel Leonard, Seth Price and Benjamin Zimmerman.

The competitions were held at Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School in Ebensburg, Stuckey Ford in Hollidaysburg, Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School, and Central Pa. Institute (CPI) in Pleasant Gap.

There are 11 SkillsUSA districts in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania SkillsUSA District 7 is made up of students from Admiral Peary AVTS, Altoona Area High School, Bedford County Technical Center-Everett, Central PA Institute For Science & Technology, Clearfield County CTC, Fulton County AVTS, Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center, Huntingdon County CTC, Jefferson County-Dubois AVTS, Juniata High School, Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology, Northern Bedford County School District, Saint Mary´s High School, State College Career & Technology Center and Tussey Mountain High School.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college, and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

More than 340,000 students and advisers join SkillsUSA each year, organized into more than 19,000 local chapters and 52 state and territorial associations. In 2017-18, 19,500 teachers served as professional members and SkillsUSA advisers.

Combining alumni membership, the total number reached annually is over 421,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 13.5 million members since its founding in 1965.


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