Shawsheen Students Have Plenty of Mettle (and Medals) at SkillsUSA Districts
Apr 12, 2015 11:33AM
By Kieran Gilman
Members of Shawsheen’s Team Works squads include Jonathan Murray, Matthew Galante, Andrew Langone, Sean Walsh, Brian Pelleriti, Thomas Ferraro, Ryan Barnard, Daniel Feyler.
BILLERICA – It was another successful trip to the SkillsUSA district competition for more than 200 students from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School on March 12.
In all, 211 students participated from Shawsheen with 80 of them bringing home medals. Fifty-six students advanced to the state competition and Shawsheen piled up 27 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 29 bronze medals. The school also produced two state officer candidates.
The highlights for Shawsheen were many.
Two girls, senior Taylor McNeil of Tewksbury and senior Jeannette Lavine of Bedford, won district gold for the second time, McNeil in medical assisting and Lavine in medical math.
Senior Andrew Langone of Tewksbury, who went to nationals last year and brought home a silver medal in team works, captured gold again at districts. Langone was his team’s mason while other members included sophomore Jonathan Murray of Wilmington, the carpenter, junior Matthew Galante of Billerica, the electrician, and junior Sean Walsh of Wilmington, the plumber.
A second team works foursome also medaled, bringing home silver behind a group consisting of senior Ryan Barnard of Billerica (mason), junior Thomas Ferraro of Billerica (electrician), sophomore Brian Pelleriti of Billerica (carpenter) and senior Daniel Feyler of Wilmington (plumber). Feyler also won a silver medal last year at districts.
Several students brought home medals for the second time.
Junior Daniel McCrevan of Tewksbury won a gold medal in computer programming. McCrevan captured bronze last year.
Senior Claire Cafarelli of Tewksbury won her second medal, earning gold in dental assistant. Last year, Cafarelli captured silver.
Senior Samantha Lopolito of Tewksbury won gold in photography after winning silver last year and senior Melissa King of Wilmington took gold in screen print technology after taking a bronze in 2014.
In an impressive display of the well-rounded nature of many Shawsheen students, several competitors participated in new events this year, yet had similarly impressive results.
Senior Daniel Callanan of Tewksbury won gold in welding last year and captured gold in sheet metal this time.
Senior George Hooper of Wilmington and senior Daniel Daniliuk-Poirier of Billerica took gold in mechatronics. Last year, Hooper won gold in urban search and rescue.
Juniors Steven Wink of Tewksbury and Joseph Taylor of Billerica won gold in Mobo Robotics after both competing in different categories last year.
Juniors Shane Araujo and Steffanie DeLuca-Gifford, both of Tewksbury, won gold in urban search and rescue one year after winning silver medals in Mobo Robotics.
Shawsheen had tremendous sweeps of the top three spots in three different categories.
In plumbing, senior Sean Maguire of Burlington took gold, senior Joseph DeMattia of Billerica won silver and senior James Rooney of Billerica came home with bronze.
Along with the gold in mechatronics, Shawsheen took silver thanks to senior Nicole Paquin of Tewksbury and senior Philip Dunnigan of Billerica. Earning bronze in mechatronics was senior Nicholas Ferrante of Bedford and junior Joseph Regal of Billerica.
Shawsheen also swept the top three spots in Industrial Motor Control with junior Lucas Dosantos of Billerica finishing first, junior Cameron Tierney of Burlington finishing second and junior Sean Covel of Tewksbury taking third.
Other gold medal winners at the district competition included junior Adam Surette of Wilmington in advertising design, junior Matthew Ducey of Tewksbury in architectural design, sophomore Maren Williams of Tewksbury in Automotive Refinishing Technology, junior Emile Hines of Tewksbury in Basic Health Care Skills, sophomore Ian Maguire of Burlington in Diesel Equipment Technology, senior Kristan Richardson of Tewksbury in nursing assisting and junior Hayden Rice of Tewksbury in Power Equipment Technology,
Shawsheen also has two state officer candidates advancing to the state competition, sophomore Thomas DeMasi of Billerica and junior Nicolas Troisi of Billerica.
Also earning silver medals was junior Dominic Catizone of Tewksbury in welding, junior Connor O’Brien of Wilmington in technical drafting, junior Shaelyn Ahern of Billerica in medical assisting, sophomore Faith Cullinane of Tewksbury in medical terminology, senior Mikayla Cassidy of Billerica in restaurant service, junior Morgan Walsh of Wilmington in cosmetology, junior Corey Goggin of Billerica in CNC Technician, senior Robert Greenberg III of Wilmington in Collision Repair Technology, the Health Knowledge Bowl team of senior Nicole McGrath of Billerica, senior Lisa Ferrer of Burlington, senior Ryliegh Hoffmann of Tewksbury and junior Kaitlyn Fraser of Billerica and the Automated Manufacturing trio of senior Mariah Wentzel of Tewksbury, senior Chelsea Grant of Tewksbury and sophomore Jacob Kraus of Tewksbury.
Another Automated Manufacturing team earned bronze and will also advance to the state finals, a group that included senior Ryan Bortnick of Billerica, senior Macayla Talor of Tewksbury and sophomore Anthony DePrimeo of Billerica.
Additional bronze-medal winners advancing included junior Xenia Rodriguez of Billerica in Dental Assistant and junior Isabel Galinos of Billerica in masonry.Winning bronze medals, but not advancing to the state competition was senior Taylor O’Brien of Billerica in architectural drafting, junior Andrew Brown of Wilmington in Automotive Service Technology, junior Kimberly Hayes of Billerica in Basic Health Care Skills, junior Noah Godwin of Billerica in CNC Technician, junior Brian Legere of Bedford in Collision Repair Technology, junior Rachel Canty of Wilmington in cosmetology, junior Matthew Lewis of Billerica in culinary arts, sophomore Manuel Perez of Billerica in Diesel Equipment Technology, junior Jake Nardella of Billerica in electrical construction wiring, senior Jasmyn Mirabal of Tewksbury in medical math, junior Katelyn Stevens of Wilmington in nursing assisting, junior Cailee Mitchell of Billerica in photography, junior Dylan Curly of Billerica in sheet metal, senior Mackenzie Boucher of Tewksbury in Power Equipment Technology, junior Kasey Mearls of Billerica in technical drafting, junior Christopher Burns of Billerica in Technical Computer App and the Health Knowledge Bowl team of senior Brendan O’Flaherty of Billerica, senior Connor Brennan of Tewksbury, sophomore Victoria Basler of Tewksbury and seniors Skylar Jacques of Tewksbury.