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ICTC: Three students advance to national Skills-USA contest

by MORGAN JOHNSTON, TORRI MILLER and CHANEL SHERRY, Gazette Student News Reporters on April 25, 2014 10:50 AM

The Indiana County Technology Center has great news to share from the Skills-USA Pennsylvania State Skills and Leadership Championships.

Shawn Naworol, Brandon Czerniec, Katilyn Smith, Waylon McGreary, Ian McCleary, Chelsea Yeomans, Kristin Glance, Christina Pizer, Caitlin Hauser, Morgan Johnston, Jacob Shank and Royce Bish traveled to Hershey on April 9-11 to compete at state level.

[PHOTO: Twelve students from Indiana County Technology Center competed in the state-level Skills-USA Pennsylvania State Skills and Leadership Championships held April 9-11 in Hershey. In the front row, from left, are Caitlin Hauser, Christina Pizer, Katilyn Smith, Chelsea Yeomans, Morgan Johnston and Kristin Glance; and second row, Royce Bish, Jacob Shank, Ian McCleary, Shawn Naworol, Waylon McGreary and Brandon Czerniec. (Submitted photo/Indiana County Technology Center)]

The 12 ICTC students competed in various career training areas.

More than 100 schools and thousands of students competed at the Skills-USA state competitions.

Naworol (automotive service), Smith (culinary arts) and Bish (sheet metal) placed first in their competitions.

Shank competed in the welding sculpture competition and placed second. And Czerniec placed third in the state in the auto body refinishing competition.

Naworol, Smith and Bish will be traveling to the national competition on June 24-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

We congratulate all the participants who competed, and wish the best of luck to our three finalists competing at nationals in the summer.

The cost for sending these students and chaperones to nationals is extraordinary. We would appreciate any financial donations to help the students travel to Nationals and compete. ICTC will also be conducting several fundraising events — spaghetti dinner, car wash/detailing and selling items made by ICTC students.

Youth Traffic Safety Month

Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in Pennsylvania and in the United States. To keep our students safe and in recognition of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, ICTC’s Skills-USA organization kicked off a week of safe teen driving awareness on April 14. A variety of activities and special events were implemented to help promote awareness of this very important issue.

[Alternate photo, click to view: In recognition of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, Indiana County Technology Center’s Skills-USA organization kicked off a week of safe teen driving awareness on April 14. From left, are Jerry Overman, Indiana County coroner; Robert Fyock, Indiana County sheriff; Casey Simmons, Skills-USA president; Melaney Brubaker and Sandy Zulick, ICTC instructors; and Michael McDermott ICTC principal. (Alec Russell/Submitted photo)]

Activities included a door decorating contest, a flier design contest, an information table and a powerful presentation by Sheriff Robert Fyock and Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman. Topics of discussion ranged from driving under the influence to reckless and distracted driving.

Advisers and students worked to make this very important traffic safety awareness campaign a success. Funding from the PA Department of Transportation and support from the PA DUI Association has made these safe driving events possible across the state.

Student Achievement recognized

Fiona Kalu, senior at the Indiana County Technology Center, was recently named an award winner for the Western and Central Pennsylvania/West Virginia Affiliate sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

[Alternate photo, click to view: Fiona Kalu, left, a senior in the computer systems technology program at Indiana County Technology Center, received a $5,000 scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh and study computer science at the National Center for Woman and Information Technology ceremony held at the University of Pittsburgh on April 12. With her is Carol Fry, ICTC director. (Submitted photo/Indiana County Technology Center)]

NCWIT is a nonprofit organization that aims to boost the participation of girls and women in computer/science technology. In addition to the many gifts awarded to the winners, the University of Pittsburgh has offered a $5,000 scholarship for those students who enroll at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall and declare a computer science major within a year of enrolling at Pitt.

The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 grade-point average overall and in the major.

Kalu is enrolled at the ICTC for the Computer Systems Technology program. “I have learned a lot at the ICTC. Being enrolled in a program that I enjoy and being able to get the hands-on skills to perform my best after graduation was an educational experience for myself,” Kalu said.

In the past three years, Kalu earned her CompTIA A+ Certification, Network+, Server+ and Security+ credentials and earned 10 college credits from Pennsylvania Highland’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program. In October, Kalu was selected as a Kiwanis student of the month. In addition, Kalu worked as an information technology paid intern for Networking during the summer of 2013.

Kalu also participated in extracurricular activities. She is vice president of the SKILLS-USA Club, where she has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills. She believes in teamwork because people can achieve more when they work together and press on toward a similar goal. Upon graduation, Kalu will pursue her education further by majoring in the computer technology field at a four-year university.

Kalu has a younger brother and a younger sister. Her mother is a student at Yale and her father is enrolled in the doctoral program at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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