Five students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA National Competitions held June 21 – 24 in Louisville, Kentucky. The EASTERN student participants placed first in the SkillsUSA State competition held in April for the Chapter Display competition. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. National Competition competitors from EASTERN include:
Chapter Display Participants – Shane McDonnell, EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/Upper Dublin High School junior; Nicole Peck, EASTERN Commercial Art/Upper Dublin High School senior; and Justin Smith, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior.
Cody Mastalski, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior, assisted with the Chapter Display while also serving as a Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Delegate.
The Chapter Display competition is for outstanding promotional exhibits designed and constructed by SkillsUSA student members. The display is built around and articulates a common theme established annually by SkillsUSA. The contest involves a team of no more than three students setting up the display and one student presenting information about the display in a presentation/interview with judges. The theme for this competition was Connecting You to Career Success. The students designed, constructed and built a display
reminiscent of a Connect Four game using career and technical program names.
Also representing EASTERN at the national competition was Jared Stevenson, SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Statewide Officer 2016 – 2017, an EASTERN Protective Services/Abington High School junior.
“We are very proud of our students for competing on the national level,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “They worked very hard on the Chapter Display and it made a great impression on visitors throughout the year as we displayed it in the main lobby. The creativity and teamwork was remarkable.”