MCTI students excel in Pennsylvania SkillsUSA competition

One Monroe Career & Technical Institute finished in first place and six others placed third at the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Championships.

Catherine Gutierrez, a third year Cosmetology student and a senior at Stroudsburg High School won first place in Nail Care. Her model, Ashleigh Tucker, is also a Stroudsburg senior. Catherine will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri and competing at the National Competitions from June 20-25, 2011.

SkillsUSA is a national consortium of students, teachers and industry that runs competitions testing trade, technical and leadership skills. It also helps establish industry standards in job training.

About 1,400 students from 78 different career and technical institutes and post-secondary schools competed.

All first place winners are eligible to receive $2,500 renewable scholarships to the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

MCTI also had six third place winners:

Architectural Drafting — Jordan Marvin, Stroudsburg senior enrolled in drafting and design.
Computer Maintenance Technology — Michael Warner, Pocono Mountain West senior enrolled in computer networking and repair.
Diesel Equipment Technology — Kurtis Mackes, Pleasant Valley junior enrolled in diesel technology.
Entrepreneurship — Majestic Auto Restoration - Christal Majestic, Pocono Mountain East senior enrolled in auto collision Technology; Jordan Philips, Stroudsburg Senior enrolled in diesel equipment technology; Kaitlin Lees, Pleasant Valley junior enrolled in drafting and design, and Joseph Olton, Stroudsburg senior enrolled in law enforcement.
Job Interview — Taylor Harrigan, Pocono Mountain West junior enrolled in electrical technology.
Prepared Speech — Xyedmor Popa, Pocono Mountain East sophomore enrolled in marketing.
All third place winners received renewable scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for Penn College of Technology and the Entrepreneurship students each received a $2,000 renewable scholarship to Lincoln Tech. Diesel Equipment Technology third place winner received tools of the trade as well as scholarships to Automotive Training Center, Ohio Technical College, and Universal Technical Institute.