MCST wins gold medal at national SkillsUSA competition
Mid-Coast School of Technology sent two students, Spencer Cook and Shaylynn Lavoie, to compete in the National Leadership and Skills Conference. They were among 6,000 national secondary and post-secondary contestants competing in 94 different occupational and leadership areas. The SkillsUSA organization helps to connect more than 330,000 student members with secondary and post-secondary educators, and industry leaders. This year MCST supported 51 students to compete at the state SkillsUSA competition in Bangor.
At the Maine SkillsUSA competition, MCST won bronze in four categories, silver in one and gold in three. The winners are as follows: Bronze: Li Goff, Robert Gardner in Chapter Display; Trueman Moore, Harley Campbell, Megan Miller, James Gushee, Nathan Overlock in Quiz Bowl; Shaylynn Lavoie in Customer Service; and Rebecca Benner in First Aid/CPR. Silver: Allan Barnes, Alex Richards in 3-D Visualization and Animation. Gold: Devan Long in Courtesy Corps; Lee Woodman in Advertising Design; and Spencer Cook in Automotive Refinishing. All first-place finishers get a bid to the National Leadership and Skills Conference. If a gold medalist is unable to attend, the next person in line will have the opportunity. This year MCST sent Lavoie and Cook.
Cook was a contestant in Automotive Refinishing. This was an elaborate competition where he was judged based on an interview, resume and job application, color tinting, refinishing, spot refinishing, paint identification and masking, featheredge and priming, and a written estimate. Cook won the gold medal in the secondary division at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. For placing first he has received prizes from Carhartt, Timberland Pro, WyoTech, Snap On, Sata, Lowe’s, and several painting seminars. Cook is also a third-year student at MCST in the Automotive Collision Technology program and a 2012 graduate of Oceanside High School. Cook is employed at Phil’s Auto Body in Warren. After receiving $18,500 in scholarships to WyoTech he is also considering attending one of its campuses.
Lavoie was a contestant in the Customer Service category. In this competition she was expected to role-play a customer service position in a company. She was judged on conflict resolution, business etiquette, communications, and problem solving in a live and telephone situation. Lavoie finished 14th at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. She is a third-year student at MCST having taken baking (two years) and culinary arts. She is a 2012 graduate of Oceanside High School and plans to attend Eastern Maine Community College in the fall, majoring in culinary arts. She works at In Good Company in Rockland.
MCST and its students thanked all the individuals and businesses that contributed to sending students to the state and national competitions. Anyone interested in donating for the 2012-13 school year can contact the school at 594-2161.
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