(Bridgewater NJ—April 14, 2018) High Tech High School students earned a total of eight medals for demonstrating occupational and leadership qualities at the 2018 SkillsUSA New Jersey Championships, held in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Gym, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
The following High Tech students earned the medals in their respective categories: Hoboken resident Gibson Borelli won a Gold Medal for Job Skill Demo (Culinary Arts); Makayla Blount of Jersey City and Secaucus resident Alana Aninipot won Gold Medals for Television (Video) Production; Alice Chen of Jersey City and Union City resident Sebastian Cruzado earned Bronze Medals for 3D Visualization; David Mansour of Bayonne and Hoboken resident Colm Donston also earned Bronze Medals for Television (Video) Production, as did Rebecca Rosas of West New York for Welding Sculpture.
“SkillsUSA was such an interesting learning experience,” says Borelli. “It was so cool to see how hard everyone works for something they love to do.”
The awards ceremony honored winners for over 40 competitions held that day. The Gold Medal winners move on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 25th-29th.
“I’d like to congratulate our winners and say how proud I am of all the participants involved in SkillsUSA,” says Dyanna Bruno, Instructor of Food-service Management and Marketing and co-adviser with Chef Jennifer Fargo. “It’s amazing for Hudson County and High Tech to be recognized in such a prestigious competition, and I want to thank everyone involved.”
SkilllsUSA, a national partnership of students, leaders, and industry representatives, helps to ensure a skilled American workforce. SkillsUSA serves high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations.
“SkillsUSA was an amazing opportunity to observe the different styles of the same art from people all across the state,” Mansour adds. “It was a lively and educational experience.”
|(from left to right: Alice Chen, Sebastian Cruzado, Alana Aninipot, Colm Donston, David Mansour, Rebecca Rosas, Gibson Borelli, and SkillsUSA co-adviser Dyanna Bruno)