LCTI dominates SkillsUSA competition, wins 57 medals

Roslyn Santana, center, earned a bronze medal in the Masonry competition at this year’s SkillsUSA District 11 Championships.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students kicked off Career & Technical Education Month by winning 17 gold medals and $68,584 in scholarships at the SkillsUSA District 11 Championships.

All of the gold medal winners qualified to compete at this spring’s SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skill Championships in Hershey. LCTI’s students also earned 18 silver and 22 bronze medals Wednesday (Feb. 1) for a total of 57 — more than the combined haul of any other school.

Held annually at the Agri-Plex, the competition pits LCTI students against their peers from Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Monroe Career & Technical Institute and Upper Bucks County Technical School in more than 50 contests of skill ranging from extemporaneous speaking to welding.

After a day of demonstrating their skills, the roughly 400 competitors celebrated their accomplishments during the championships awards ceremony at Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township. In addition to medals, top finishers in 12 categories were presented with $165,000 in scholarships provided by Automotive Training Center, Northampton Community College and the D’Olimpio Memorial Fund.

LCTI’s top medal winners and scholarship recipients are:

William Allen High School

Maryann Rodriguez, First
Commercial Baking

Neilyn Acosta, Second
Nail Care

Jody Ann Young, Second
TeamWorks Plumbing

Nadiah Sims, Third
Cake Decorating

Carlos Burgos, Third
Collision Repair Technology
$8,400 from Automotive Training Center

Daliana  Ortiz, Third
Crime Scene Investigation Team 1

Brianny  Zaldivar, Third
Crime Scene Investigation Team 1

Cariangelie Martinez, Third
Graphic Communications

Roslyn Santana, Third

Pedro Ortiz, Third
Prepared Speech

Louis E. Dieruff High School

Ryen Valentin-Lopez, First

Advertising Design

Adriana Perez, First
Automotive Refinishing
Scholarship:$10,080 from Automotive Training Center

Catasauqua High School

Madison Xander, Second
Advertising Design

Autumn Madea, Second
Restaurant Service

Joshua Tulloch, Third
Web Design Team 1

Emmaus High School

Jacob Baia, First
Automated Manufacturing Technology

Colin Brown, First
Criminal Justice
$1,000 from Northampton Community College

Brandon Durrick, First
Tech Computer Applications

Jonathan Bersier, Second
Automotive Service Technology
$12,240 from Automotive Training Center
$1,000 from Northampton Community College

Jeffrey Reed, Third
Web Design Team 1

Lehigh Valley Christian High School

Ryan Kuntz, First
CNC Milling

Northern Lehigh High School

Zion Schellenberg, First
Web Design Team 2

Hunter Oberle, Second
Industrial Motor Control

Dylan Berger, Second
Power Equipment Technology

Northwestern Lehigh High School

Andrew Janowiak, First
Automated Manufacturing Technology

Spencer Nicholas, First
Automotive Service Specialization
$12,240 from Automotive Training Center
$1,000 from Northampton Community College

Kylee Sanchez, First
Nurse Assisting

Julianne  Rotondo, Second
TeamWorks Electrical

Michael Huber, Second
TeamWorks Carpentry

Danielle Schmidt, Third
Health Knowledge Bowl

Corey Zellner, Third
Health Knowledge Bowl

Parkland High School

Matthew Rice, First
Automated Manufacturing Technology

Alex Cevicelow, First
Web Design Team 2

Jared Makhoul, Second
TeamWorks  Masonry

Jade Buskirk, Third
Health Knowledge Bowl

Ryan Korutz, Third
Industrial Motor Control

Ryan Correll, Third

Austin Stufflet, Third
Precision Machining Technology`

Salisbury High School

Desiree Nester, First
Basic Health Care Skills

Zaki Al-Bajali, First

Dustin Kramer, First
Technical Drafting

John Kochenberger, Second
Electronics Technology

Alyssa Wygand, Second
First Aid / CPR

Cory Brunner, Second
Tech Computer Applications

Southern Lehigh High School

William Murphy, Second
Diesel Equipment Technology
$11,424 from Automotive Training Center

Dean Wieder, Second

Steven Yaich, Third

Alex Ortiz, Third
Technical Drafting

Whitehall High School

Gavin Marsolick, First
$1,000 from Northampton Community College

Alexander Getchell, Second
Architectural Drafting

Jeury Cardenas, Second
Criminal Justice

Madison Beltz, Second
Early Childhood

Fabian Montano, Third
Architectural Drafting

Gage White, Third
Automotive Service Technology
$10,200 from Automotive Training Center

Frederid Tirado Cardona, Third
Crime Scene Investigation Team 1

Samantha Bilder, Third
Early Childhood

Gabrielle Cooper, Third
Health Knowledge Bowl

Kudos to all of the SkillsUSA competitors and congratulations to LCTI’s medal winners!

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Media Contact: Precious Petty, Public Relations Coordinator, 610-799-1450,

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