HCTC Students Headed to National Competition



ELLSWORTH — Five Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC) students are hopefully headed to Kansas City in June for a national skills competition.

Three Hancock County Technical Center gold medal winners in the SkillsUSA competition are working with classmates to raise funds to pay for their participation in the national competition in Kansas City June 20-25. From left, Blake Haass, Phyllicia Jordan and Stephen Kirby.
Three Hancock County Technical Center gold medal winners in the SkillsUSA competition are working with classmates to raise funds to pay for their participation in the national competition in Kansas City June 20-25. From left, Blake Haass, Phyllicia Jordan and Stephen Kirby.

Three students won gold medals in the state SkillsUSA competition and two others were selected state officers and also hope to attend the Kansas City competition June 20-25.

The school and students are scrambling to raise funds to cover the students’ travel and other expenses.

“Yes, we do need money soon,” Michelle Cote, RN, and CNA/Health Occupations Instructor at HCTC said earlier this month. “They are going out to start getting donations.”

HCTC students came away from the competition with 11 medals.

HCTC Director Amy Boles said at a meeting of the Regional School Unit 24 Board April 6 that she knew if the students couldn’t raise the money they wouldn’t be going to Kansas City.

Forty-six HCTC students were among more than 800 statewide who went to Bangor March 12 to compete in the state SkillsUSA event at the United Technology Center and the Bangor Auditorium.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Three carpentry students — Phyllicia Jordan, Stephen Kirby and Blake Haass, all of Ellsworth High School — won gold medals for a display they constructed.

HCTC Fund-raisers for National Competition

Among the fund-raisers the students have planned are:

• A bottle drive. They also welcome any drop off donations at the school.

• Raffling off gift certificates donated by area businesses.

• Selling HCTC apparel.

• A barbecue dinner May 9 from 5-7 p.m. at HCTC put on by the Culinary Arts Department. Tickets are $10 and are available by contacting Director Amy Boles at the school, 667-9729.

• HCTC students will sponsor a dance for middle school students at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School on Friday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

• Students will show an outdoor movie in Ellsworth at a date to be determined in June and will sell concessions.

For more education news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

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