LCTI students earn dozens of medals at SkillsUSA competition

Students were presented with their SkillsUSA medals during LCTI’s morning session on Thursday, March 7.

Students were presented with their SkillsUSA medals during LCTI’s afternoon session on Thursday, March 7.

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students notched more than three dozen top-three finishes at the SkillsUSA District 11 Championships in February. Their winnings included 16 gold, 14 silver and eight bronze medals.

Four hundred students from Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, LCTI, Monroe Career & Technical Institute and Upper Bucks County Technical School participated in the event, competing in more than 50 contests of skill ranging from extemporaneous speaking to welding.

The championships were held at LCTI and several other sites on multiple dates in February after inclement weather forced SkillsUSA Council to reschedule the competition, which was originally set for Jan. 31 at Agri-Plex in Allentown.

LCTI’s award winners received their medals, along with cake and ice cream, during a ceremony Thursday (March 7) at the school. First-place finishers qualified to compete April 10-12 at the SkillsUSA state conference in Hershey.

LCTI’s SkillsUSA award winners are:

William Allen High School

  • Malykia Kyte, First Place: Esthetics
  • Rosangelie Polanco, Third Place: Nail Care

Catasauqua High School

Sophia Smith, Third Place: Early Childhood Education

Emmaus High School

  • Peter Baxter, First Place: Advertising Design
  • Jeffrey Confer, First Place: Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Nolan Kacsur, Second Place: Automated Manufacturing
  • Kailee Jones, Third Place: Restaurant Service

Northern Lehigh High School

  • Rebecca Weist, First Place: Commercial Baking
  • Matthew Peters, First Place: Electronics Technology
  • Isaac Rosario, First Place: Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Kaley Farkas, Second Place: Basic Health Care
  • Andrew Mosko, Second Place: Industrial Motor Control
  • Brice Dye, Second Place: Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Jeremy Sandholm, Third Place: Electrical Construction Wiring

Northwestern Lehigh High School

  • Abigail Heiter, First Place: Nurse Assisting
  • Wesley Shaffer, Second Place: Automated Manufacturing
  • Jack Turner, Second Place: Diesel Equipment Technology

Parkland High School

  • Luis Solano, First Place: Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Margarita Castro, First Place: Culinary Arts
  • Paige Knowles, First Place: Plumbing
  • Briggs Danner, First Place: Welding
  • James Reckling, Second Place: Automated Manufacturing
  • Christopher Bath, Second Place: Criminal Justice
  • Alex Cevicelow, Second Place: Web Design
  • Johnathan Korutz, Third Place: Architectural Drafting
  • Shane Graefe, Third Place: Technical Computer Applications

Salisbury High School

  • Joshua Aungst, First Place: Power Equipment Technology
  • Haylie Wirth, Second Place: Nail Care

Southern Lehigh High School

  • Nathan Himmelsbach, First Place: Architectural Drafting
  • Nathaniel Hechler, First Place: Automotive Service Technology
  • Evan Myers, First Place: Carpentry
  • Samantha Ortiz, Second Place: Power Equipment Technology

Whitehall High School

  • Robert Julian, First Place: Web Design
  • Logan Fawcett, Second Place: Carpentry
  • Jeremy Salabsky, Second Place: Graphic Communications
  • Nicholas Gerancher, Second Place: Web Design
  • Dustin Gangale, Third Place: Collision Repair Technology
  • Joseph Moravek, Third Place: Masonry

Congratulations to all of LCTI’s medal winners and state qualifiers!

View the news release.

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

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