Three NL students excel in SkillsUSA competition
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who participated in the LifeSkills USA competition held earlier this year in the Allentown Fairgrounds AgriPlex were (left) Alexander Sheridan, and (right) Alyssa Lancsak. Sheridan took second place in Automotive Service Specialty, and Lancsak first in Cake Decorating. Not pictured is Yajaira Alvarez, who won first place in Cosmetology.
From automotive service specialty, to cosmetology, to cake decorating.
Indeed, the well-roundedness of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students was on full display at the District 11 SkillsUSA Championships.
A trio of Northern Lehigh High School students were among those to display their talents at the event, held earlier this year in the Allentown Fairgrounds AgriPlex.
Two of those students, Yajaira Alvarez and Alyssa Lancsak, came away with gold. Alvarez took first place in Cosmetology, while Lancsak took top honors in Cake Decorating.
A third NL student, Alexander Sheridan, placed second in Automotive Service Specialty.
Lancsak said she had to make a two-tier cake, 9 and 12-inch cake, an 8-inch layer cake, and six cupcakes.
"I learned how to become a better cake decorator, and that cake decorating does take time, and lots of decorating," Lancsak said. "I felt good that I would win, and took my time."
Sheridan said his primary task was to be able to identify automotive parts and tools. He also had to measure brake rotors, brake drums, and pass or fail inspections.
"I went in there, and gave it my all," Sheridan said. "The competition was awesome, and walking around and seeing other people's work was awesome."
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
A national nonprofit organization, SkillsUSA serves teachers, as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
The mission of SkillsUSA is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Founded in 1971, LCTI is one of the largest career and technical schools in Pennsylvania and the United States, offering over 50 areas of skills training in a state-of-the-art facility.
The facility provides workforce and industry-relevant educational programs and industry credentials to high school students, adults, incumbent workers and business/industry.
A fully blended learning approach integrates theory and extensive hands-on practical experience in state-of-the-art labs.