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SkillsUSA students to compete in national competition

May 13, 2011

CCRI students Alexander Cote (left) and James Carroll, Rhode Island Senator Hanna GalloCCRI students Alexander Cote, James Carroll and Justin Marcotte were honored at the State House on May 5 for receiving first place gold medals during the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships. With the first place finish, the students go on to represent the college and the state of Rhode Island at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in Kansas City, Mo. in June by competing in the following events:

Extemporaneous Speaking - Alexander Cote

Preschool Teaching Assistant - James Carroll

Technical Math - Justin Marcotte

Senator Hanna Gallo ’76 and ’81 presented the CCRI students with citations on behalf of Governor Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Rhode Island Senate in recognition of their achievements. Senator Gallo is chair of the Senate Education Committee and a recent inductee of CCRI’s Society of the Knights, the highest honor the college can bestow on one of its graduates.

SkillsUSA Rhode Island held its 35th Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony on March 30. This event is the culmination of the state championships, which showcase the talents of Rhode Island’s career and technical students. The state championships are designed to reward students for excellence, to involve industries in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Contests begin at the school level and continue through the state and national levels. This year, there were more than 620 contestants in nearly 50 events with 300 judges and contest organizers representing labor, management, and education.

SkillsUSA is the country’s second largest career and technical student organization with an annual membership of more than 300,000 students and teachers. The Rhode Island chapter boasts 6,400 members and is the largest organization of its kind in the state.

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