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BVT students secure 18 Medals at SkillsUSA National Competition

UPTON – The Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District is proud to announce that twenty-four of their student-competitors placed in the top 9 of sixty-seven contests during the Annual 2021 SkillsUSA Massachusetts National Leadership and Skills Conference Championship.
The students successfully represented their school and Massachusetts in the national career competitions, testing their competency against the best vocational-technical competitors by applying skills learned at BVT to secure 18 medals - 8 Gold, 2 Silver, and 8 Bronze.
This year, the final stage of the SkillsUSA series was held virtually throughout June. The championships showcase the nation’s best career and technical education students through competitive events and technical exams designed and judged by industry leaders and officials to celebrate career technical education.
BVT has a lot to cheer about following their outstanding performance representing the Commonwealth at the National Leadership and Skills Conference Championship. The complete list of medalists is available at
The following BVT students, organized by hometown, earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at the SkillsUSA National Conference Championship:
Gold: Mandolin Simpson, Career Pathways - Industrial and Engineering Technology
Bronze: Andrew Konicki, Entrepreneurship; and Kyle Penta, Entrepreneurship
State Officer Elect: Hunter Claflin
Gold: Logan Hampson, Residential Commercial and Appliance Technology
Gold: Maggie McCann, Career Pathways - Industrial and Engineering Technology
Silver: Catherine Rozanas, Technical Drafting
Gold: Gabriel Chaves-Silva, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Bronze: Ashley King, Entrepreneurship 
Bronze: Christopher Mason, Robotics Urban Search and Rescue
Bronze: Julia Drapeau, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
Gold: Myra Dehestani, Career Pathways - Industrial and Engineering Technology
Gold: Cullen Jacene, Robotics and Automation Technology
Bronze: Benjamin Judson, Automotive Refinishing Technology
Bronze: Chloe Terrell, Entrepreneurship
Gold: Khushi Patel, Nurse Assisting; and Adam Pratt, Robotics and Automation Technology
Silver: Madison Gannon, Related Technical Math
Bronze: Casey Goyette, Robotics Urban Search and Rescue