HS Students Place in SkillsUSA Competition
Two Fox Chapel Area High School/A.W. Beattie Career Center students recently placed in the SkillsUSA District 8 competition. Sophomore Ashton Monroe, who is studying culinary arts, was awarded a first place in the Restaurant Service category. Ashton has now qualified to participate in SkillsUSA Pennsylvania competition. Additionally, senior cosmetology student Paige Shurina won third place in the Esthetics category.
The District 8 regional competition was held January 21, 2019, at various locations throughout Pittsburgh. The A.W. Beattie students competed with students from nine local career and technical education schools at the district level.
The state competition will be held April 11 and 12 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Students who earn first place at SkillsUSA Pennsylvania will participate at the national level competition, which will be held June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Essentially, these competitions are our sports,” A.W. Beattie SkillsUSA advisor Heather Brown said. “Instead of asking who is the best soccer player or football player, we are competing to be the best welder, the best carpenter, the best graphic designer, things to get kids excited about their potential career fields.”
Brown continued, “It’s so cool to see young people be so intense and passionate about their field that they want to compete and show their skill level off. They’re taking what they’ve learned in the classroom and trying to display proudly for people to see all across the state or the country.”
SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops leadership skills to complement what students learn in career and technical education programs.