Three students from the Indiana County Technology Center placed first at the state competition for Pennsylvania Skills-USA in Hershey and earned a trip to Kansas City, Mo., for nationals.
Shawn Naworol (Automotive Technology) and Katilyn Smith (Culinary Arts), senior students from the United School District, and junior Royce Bish (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) from the Purchase Line School District all finished first in their designated competition area.
[PHOTO: Shawn Naworol, left, Kaitlyn Smith and Royce Bish, winners in the Pennsylvania Skills-USA competition, will be attending nationals in Kansas City, Mo., next month. (Monica Phillips/Indiana County Technology Center)]
Naworol, of Armagh, son of Mike Naworol and Jill Vanhoose, has one brother and two sisters. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and restoring his trucks at his house. His favorite project he has done was restoring a ’79 Ford F250 that just started as a frame.
At the competition in Hershey he had to put wires on cars, assemble transmissions, diagnose electrical problems, change, mount and balance tires, and also measure internal motor parts. He gives credit for his success to his instructor, Jim Shuman; his current job at Freedom Ford in Ebensburg; and also the job he had at Indiana Frame and Axle.
When he was 15, Indiana Frame and Axle had him working every day after school and full-time hours during summer. As first-place finisher, he received an $8,500 scholarship to attend WyoTech in Burrell Township.
Naworol also received $10,000 scholarships from Universal Technical Institute and the University of Northwestern Ohio. In addition, the most valuable scholarship was offered to him by Freedom Ford for fully paid college tuition. Shawn is ready and excited to go to Kansas City, and everyone here at the ICTC is very proud of him.
Smith, of Homer City, is the daughter of Joseph and Valerie Smith and has two brothers. Her hobbies include taking care of the morning and evening milking responsibilities on her dairy farm and training horses to compete at the Indiana County Fair.
During the summer of her 11th-grade year she held a job at Chestnut Ridge working at banquets and also as a line cook. With this, she learned time management that helped her during the competition tremendously.
At the competition in Hershey she had to prepare chicken Florentine, rice pilaf, steamed broccoli with sauce and apple bread pudding with cr￨me on glaze, all within a three-hour time period against 14 other competitors.
As a finishing touch, she used her skills to add a tomato rose for d￩cor which she believes gave her extra points. All of this was judged based on taste, technique and presentation. With placing first, she received scholarships from both Penn College and the IUP Culinary School. Eventually, Smith plans to own and manage her own bakery shop. The ICTC applauds her tremendous actions and we are very proud.
Bish, Glen Campbell, who is the son of Roy and Jessica Bish and has one sister, an alumnus to the ICTC, also placed first in his area of competition at Hershey. His activities include playing sports like football and track and also working on his different projects at ICTC. His favorite project so far was attending the state competition and doing well in his competition. At the state competition Bish had to demonstrate assembly of different pieces of sheet metal. He produced a plenum with a recessed cap with a dovetail take off on one side attached to a triangular offset, then on the other side he made a Y-piece with one of the branches being rounded with two caps both being attached with s-slips and drive cleats. Another project he is excited to work on is creating flower pots in his program area (HVAC) to help raise money to send himself, Naworol and Smith to nationals.
Carpentry shop welcomes guest
Recently, the students at Indiana County Technology Center met with Matt Houser, owner of A&A Construction and Home Improvements, LLC, of Indiana. A&A specializes in all phases of home construction and remodeling including custom built homes, room additions, garages, roofing, siding, soffit and fascia, and gutters. A&A also provides interior construction such as remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, finished basements and sunroom enclosures.
A&A Constructions are local contractors in Indiana County. Houser’s specialty with the company is roofing. Houser has served as president for Indiana County home builders association and has served on the occupational advisory committee (OAC) for the Carpentry program at ICTC.
The Carpentry students recently got shingles for the modular home that will be soon donated to a Westmoreland County resident. A&A Construction workers will be demonstrating their skills by installing the shingles on the modular home. Students will get experience and will also demonstrate their skills from what they learned from Houser and his crew. This demonstration will show one out of many skills the students have exhibited over the course of their time at the ICTC.
The students of Carpentry want to thank Houser and appreciate his willingness and time to share his skills and knowledge of carpentry with the students.