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Members of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s SkillsUSA opening and closing team are, from left, Halle St. Clair, Austin Stoops, Abbey Smiley, adviser Carolyn McVicker, Katie Moyer, Chance Brandon, Adrianna Langnecker and Andrea Murdock.

The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners.

The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey. The seven-member opening and closing team walked away with silver medals, claiming second place in the statewide competition.

The team, using overlays to create a SkillsUSA poster, gave their presentation Wednesday at a luncheon for business and government leaders who serve on the vo-tech school’s Leadership Advisory Committee.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, according to its website.

It uses an applied method of instruction for preparing the nation’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs.

It provides education for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development and builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills.

Adviser Carolyn McVicker explained that students were pulled from different vocation shops in the school and different member school districts in the county. They worked after school on their presentation.

“They started in October, practicing walking around chairs and synchronization,” McVicker said of the team’s ceremonial presentation.

The students learned to speak in public and overcome fears, using a specific set of rules and speaking by pausing at punctuation.

The only reason the team did not receive a perfect score was because the female students wore solid black hose instead of sheer black. The judges were particular about dress, McVicker said.

The lessons they’ve learned in the group include showing up on time, working through adversity and when to have leisure time and when to work.

“I love you all,” she said to the students.

McVicker took 22 to the competition — one of the highest numbers the school has sent in a long time, she noted.

Members of the opening and closing team were Halle St. Clair, Austin Stoops, Chance Brandon, Andrea Murdock, Abbey Smiley, Adrianna Langnecker and Katie Moyer.

The promotional bulletin board was created by Allison Ostrowski, Cassidy Tonks and Ally Weisdack.

The chapter display members are Alyssa Huffman, Taylor Eaton, Mara Rooney and Kelle Craig. Other members and their roles were: Kristen Bunnell, technical computer applications; Rachael Theile, pin design; Seth Butteri, masonry; Kevin Gongaware, electrical construction wiring; Tyler Edgington, collision repair; Garrett Grimm, automotive service technology; and Kristin Horkey, delegate.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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