Monty Tech students shine at SkillsUSA district competition

FITCHBURG — Monty Tech SkillsUSA students brought home a total of 47 medals, plus two state-officer-candidate positions, from the organization’s district-level competition held recently in Charlton.

Six district-level competitions are held throughout the state to determine which students will be moving on to the state-level event.

Students qualify to participate on the district level by winning medals at local competitions held earlier in the year at their high schools.

Of the 47 medals Monty Tech captured, 17 were gold, 14 silver, and 16 bronze. For the past few years, Monty Tech students have captured all three medals in the Medical Assisting and Early Childhood Education categories.

Unlike other Skills competitions, where students compete in a variety of hands-on skills and leadership events, the district conference consists of a written SkillsUSA employment skills exam, a written trade knowledge test, and a safety test as a tiebreaker.

Following are winners from area and regional towns:

Athol

Gold

• Nathan Kay (with Sean-Paul Tomer of Leominster, Nicholas Couture of Phillipston and Brian Gallant of Templeton) — Team Works.

Silver

• Tyler Coolidge (with Nicholas Kauppila of Hubbardston) — Mechatronics.

• Andrew LeBlanc — Medical Assisting.

• Kayla Gerry — Nursing Assistant.

Phillipston

Gold

• Nicholas Couture (with Sean-Paul Tomer of Leominster, Brian Gallant of Templeton and Nathan Kay of Athol) — Team Works.

Templeton

Gold

• Matthew Taylor — Information Technology Service.

• Brian Gallant (with Sean-Paul Tomer of Leominster, Nicholas Couture of Phillipston and Nathan Kay of Athol) — Team Works.

Silver

• Jacob Shepard — CNC Milling.

Gold and silver medalists, along with state-officer candidates, will advance to the State Leadership & Skills Conference to be held April 27 to 29 in Marlboro.

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