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NACTC Students Bring Back Medals; Headed to Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky



April 4, 2019 - On Wednesday, March 27th SkillsUSA Rhode Island awarded 300 medals recognizing student achievement at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Students from the Newport Area Career & Technical Center received fifteen (15) of those medals: 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze. The Newport Area Career & Technical Center had thirty-one (31) students competing this year, and fifteen (15) received medals as indicated:

Gold Medalists

  • Michael Eng – Cyber Security
  • William Feury – Web Design
  • Stella Garcia – Technical Computer Applications
  • Abigail Mosher – Commercial Baking
  • Leslie Ortiz – Web Design
  • Benjamin Townsend – Cyber Security

Silver Medalists

  • Emma Daigneault – Web Design
  • Pierce Mott – Cyber Security
  • Nathan Murphy – Technical Computer Applications
  • Christine Sicilian – Web Design
  • Eli Weininger – Cyber Security

Bronze Medalists

  • Jennah-Lynn Baker – Restaurant Service
  • Margaret Coen – Web Design
  • Eleni Cooper – Web Design
  • Caroline Warner – Technical Computer Applications

Newport Medalists

From left to right Newport Medalists Michael Eng, Eli Weininger, Benjamin Townsend, Caroline Warner, Abigail Mosher, Leslie Ortiz, William Feury, Stella Garcia, Margaret Coen, Eleni Cooper. 

Newport’s gold medalists will represent Rhode Island at the 55th Skills USA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Louiseville, Kentucky June 24th – 28th, 2019, a showcase of career and technical education students.  More than 18,000 people, including students, teachers, and industry partners are expected to participate.

SkillsUSA Championships will be held Wednesday and Thursday (June 26th & 27th). More than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – will compete hands on in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Fundraising efforts to support the gold medalist's trip to Louisville are underway, with a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser planned for Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Vasco da Gama Hall, 15 Fenner Avenue, Newport. Tickets are $20.00 per person and may be purchased at the door.

“I am so proud of our students, teachers and leaders. This is a great recognition of all the exemplary work our students do because of the unbelievable teachers and programs at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center and Rogers High School. Viking students get better and better each year at the competitions. Last year, Eliza Taylor was second in the country in Technical Computer Applications and I am hopeful national accolades will be awarded this year. We are on the national map!” Superintendent of Schools Colleen Burns Jermain remarked.

The SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships were held through various locations during the month of March. The annual SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships is a showcase of career and technical education students where more than 1,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 65 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

"We have students of various skill levels showcasing their skills and putting them to the test in front of volunteers from business and industry." said Joshua Klemp, executive director.  "We are very proud of all of the students for their accomplishments. By showing their dedication to excellence in occupational and leadership skills, the students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships are true "champions at work."

During the SkillsUSA RI Championships, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, biotechnology, welding, health care and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. Note: for a description of a particular contest, go to

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA RI championships event is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. 



About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens as it improves the quality of our nation's future skilled workforce. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. SkillsUSA helps every student excel through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors per year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. Local, state and national championships are designed and judged by industry to set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor. SkillsUSA offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students. For more information: For more information about SkillsUSA Rhode Island, please visit

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Marcin G. Rembisz
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