Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Fruit of Hard Work ~ Shelby Leasure

“The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.” ~ Deepika Padukone This is the statement that repeated in my head every day as I continuously prepared for my SkillsUSA District Competition. I can say that learning the precise steps in each skill was one of the most difficult tasks I have ever completed, but, as it’s always said, hard work pays off; I won!

I placed first out of nine contestants from western Pennsylvania! I earned the opportunity to move on to state competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania! I’m going for the gold -- again!

My junior year at LCCTC, I prepared and competed in the First Aid and CPR category for the district competition. I spent long, strenuous weeks with my Health Assisting instructor, Mr. Pavia, going over each step repeatedly. At home, I read each skill over and over again, trying to remember every precise detail. Unfortunately, even though I tried, I did not win the competition that year. This loss told me, “Don’t give up.” I wanted to prove to myself that I could earn that gold medal; I had already learned so much.

Now I’m a senior, once again, competing in SkillsUSA. The time flew by; weeks felt like days, and before I knew it, I was sitting at the New Castle School of Trades, waiting to be called back for my tests. I spent months practicing for the competition, and Friday, January 12, 2018 was the big day. It was the day to show off exactly how hard I had worked.

This year my challenge was the same; my test included five tasks: to perform the resuscitation of a choking adult, to perform CPR using an AED on a child, and to perform the treatment of a bleeding wound, splinting, and the care of a third degree full thickness burn.

I sat among nine other strangers -- all nervous, just like me, and I kept in mind that we all had the same goal: the goal to win. As I waited for the other contestants before me, I longed for my time to shine. It felt like hours. My nerves were shot, and I was beginning to have last-minute doubts in myself.

Finally, it was my turn to test. I performed each skill as I had practiced for so long before. I remembered each step explaining as I went along. I perfected each task with precision. After leaving the room, I felt a new burst of confidence.

The moment the results were posted, I found out that I won first place. The feeling is absolutely bittersweet. I have learned so much from my previous experience; one might even say, “past failures.” However, I am able to take each lesson that SkillsUSA has taught me, and use it to my full advantage -- the lessons of courage, patience, and confidence.

After all, they do always say… Hard work pays off.

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“Let your dreams stay big and your worries stay small.” ~ Rascal Flatts

Shelby Leasure is currently studying Health Assistance. She works at the Haven Nursing Home in New Castle. A member of SkillsUSA and ROVA, she enjoys spending time with her friends and going on as many adventures as possible. In the fall, she looks forward to attending Pittsburgh Technical College for Nursing or the University of Pittsburgh for Forensic Science.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LCCTC Celebrates SkillsUSA Competitors

For January, the morning on the 12th was warm -- 58°!  Practically a heat wave after all of the snow we just had...but a lot more snow was about to appear on the horizon, and LCCTC had work to do before even a flake would land.  After months of practice and hours of preparation, it was time to show off what we had learned.

Over 60 students from LCCTC donned their SkillsUSA gear and assembled at the New Castle School of Trades to compete in the District 10 SkillsUSA Competition for their chance at winning gold and continuing on to state competition in Hershey PA.  

All took the chance to compete.  None placed last.  Many competed against over a dozen other students.  32 students medaled.  17 will compete at states.  ...and we are all proud of all of them.

ASSEMBLY KICK OFF VIDEO:  On Tuesday, January 16th, family, friends, students, and staff gathered to celebrate SkillsUSA at LCCTC.  Here is a video greeting from Mr. Rich to kick off the assembly:

Action Skills
Linzy Miller
Automated Manufacturing
Lane Kline
April Boots

Kyle Michels

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Beau Mulbauer
Automotive Service Technology
Jason Ealy
Basic Health Care
Jessica Kelly
Basic Health Care
Janice Bowers
CNC Milling Specialist
Griffin Holtom
CNC Technician
Trevor Cunningham
CNC Turning Specialist
Isaac Lutz
Commercial Baking
Samantha Quigley
Culinary Arts
Kaylyn Durham
Electrical Construction Wiring
Noah Skelley
Employment Application Process
Candace Hammond
Angel Kaszowski
Model:  Alania DeLuca

Extemporaneous Speaking
Oonagh Henning
First Aid/CPR
Shelby Leasure
First Aid/CPR
Mollie Radar
Health Knowledge Bowl
Julia Williams
Shay Lippman

Gwen Buntman

Mariah Myers

Health Occ Professional Portfolio
Skylar Shultz
Job Interview
Haliegh Lee
Job Skill Demonstration A
Alexis Herold
Calvin Lample
Medical Math
Katie Dillen
Medical Math
Ciera Pennachio
Medical Terminology
Caryn Brandes
Medical Terminology
Jakki Gardner
MLR (Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
Christian Seinkner
Nail Care
Maddison Ritter
Model:  Cassie Brown

Nurse Assisting
Kaitlyn Heeter
Nurse Assisting
Suzanna Bowser
Opening & Closing Ceremonies
Dayuna Reitnauer
Krista Berkley

Felicity Weir

Trenton Yale

Jaden Locke

Tristyn Gravatt

Tabatha Zang

Precision Machining
Shane Price
Prepared Speech
Brandee D'Ambrosi
Quiz Bowl
Saleen Birckbichler
Adam Finnamore

Riley Leonard

Michael Kovokosky

Mark Fandozzi

Related Technical Math
Cody Marks
Restaurant Service
Jessalyn Kray
Team Works
Austin Campbell
James Barge

Austin Foreman

Steven Akins

Technical Computer Applications
Carlee Stoner
Cody Gabauer

GOOGLE SLIDE with pictures from Districts:  SkillsUSA Districts 2018

For more information, visit these websites:
•  SkillsUSA: https://www.Skillsusa.Org/

•  New Castle School of Trades: http://www.Ncstrades.Edu/