Last updated: January 25. 2014 12:10AM - 1274 Views
By Janine Ungvarsky Times Leader Correspondent

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PRINGLE — Students who took awards at three vocational skill competitions were recognized by the West Side Career and Technology Center administration and joint operating committee Thursday.

The school commended 27 students who took part in Skills USA district level competition and brought home a total of 15 medals. Four of the students advanced to state competition, including Chris Cragle, Christie Kane, Jestina Vasicak and Danielle Simon.

Cragle told the board he has already earned a scholarship because of Skills USA competition.

“It’s more than the competition,” he told the board. “It’s a big boost.”

Fellow Skills USA competitor Sam Evans, who took a second-place medal in internet working, told the board the competition enhances what they do in class every day.

“It encourages us to do the best we can at CTC, and it gets us involved in the community,” Evans said.

Seven of the 15 West Side students who participated in DECA competition will also advance to state-level competition, the board learned, including Brittany Mays, Ryan Stewart, Rachel Garcia, Harmony Morgan, Mary Zagata, Alyssa Fasciano and Haley Campbell. The FBLA team brought back a total of 12 medals from the Regional Leadership Conference, including first-place awards for Rebecca Shields, Noah Collins, Robert Lamoreaux, Alexandra Quick, Michael Bowman and Morgan Moser.

Administrative Director Nancy Tkatch thanked the parents and guardians present for the support they provide the students, and commended the students for their accomplishments.

“We’re very proud of our students in competing, win or lose,” she said.

In other business, the board learned the school’s enhanced wireless network is nearly ready for full use and briefly discussed the upcoming renewal of the school’s internet service provider contract, noting that due to falling costs, it should be possible to get more bandwidth for less money when the contract renews.

In personnel matters, the board added Lisa Huff to the approved teacher substitute list for health/physical education, added Thomas Montemorano to the custodial substitute list and Linda Katyl to the substitute nurse list. It also appointed William Bevan as publicity coordinator at a rate of $992 for the school year.

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