SkillsUSA Competition results, April 2012

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center students from Automotive Technology, STEM Academy, Culinary Arts, Diesel Power Technology, Health Careers, and Industrial Design and Fabrication demonstrated their knowledge at the annual Vermont SkillsUSA competition. This year’s theme was “Champions at Work” and PAHCC students proved they are! They joined students from other Career and Technical Centers at the Sheraton Inn in South Burlington on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Kayla Evans, Middlebury Union High School and Medical Professions student received a gold medal for placing first in Medical Terminology. This skill event tests student knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupations fields.

Medical Professions students Andrew Burkins, Middlebury Union High School; Sierra Dessureault, Mount Abraham Union High School; Austin Nary, Vergennes Union High School; and Nicki Thompson, Mount Abraham Union High School earned silver medals for their second place team in Health Knowledge Bowl. This career development event tests teams on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Teams are judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories: (1) Academic Foundations; (2) Communication; (3) Systems; (4) Employability Skills; (5) Legal Responsibility; (6) Ethics; (7) Safety Practices; (8) Teamwork; and, (9) Health Maintenance.

Paul Hotchkiss, adult student placed first in his division; which earned him a gold medal and a Snap-On wrench set in the Diesel Equipment Technology Electrical Problem Solving competition. Devon Campbell, a senior from Vergennes Union High School placed first in his division which earned him a gold medal and a Snap-On wrench set. Brady Cook, a senior at Otter Valley Union High School placed second in his division and earned a silver medal. Students were required to identify tools, new parts, and failed parts of a diesel engine. Students were tested on Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip Inspection, correctly demonstrate adjustment of a wheel bearing, and complete a written knowledge examination.

Mike Sousie and Keith Pratt, adult students and first year Automotive Technology students, competed in the Automotive Service Technology skills event. Mike and Keith demonstrated written and applied standards based upon task lists authored by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education) and ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). Mike was the first place winner which earned him a gold medal and a Snap-On Wrench set. Keith was the second place winner and received a silver medal.

For more information on these Career programs or others at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center call 802-382-1012 or check out the website at Details regarding Vermont SkillsUSA may be found at The above career development event descriptions were taken from

Diesel and Auto SkillsUSA medalists

Skills USA 2012 Health Careers medalist, Kayla Evans

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