Six students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA National Competitions held June 23 – 27 in Kansas City, Missouri. EASTERN student participants took third place for Chapter Display, fifth place for Automotive Refinishing Technology, and twelfth place for State Pin Design. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. EASTERN Winners include:
Third Place for Chapter Display – EASTERN Commercial Art students, Alicia Dredge, a 2014 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate; Robin Gabage, an upcoming senior at Jenkintown High School; Kevin Koerner, an upcoming senior at Springfield High School, along with Anthony Davis, EASTERN Collision Repair Technology student and upcoming Cheltenham High School senior. Chapter Display is a promotional exhibit designed and constructed by SkillsUSA student members.
Fifth Place for Automotive Refinishing Technology – EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/2014 Upper Moreland High School graduate, Matthew Shilling. For this competition, students demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: paint tinting, spot repair, priming a plastic bumper, and masking. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed, and proper safety practices are judged.
Twelfth Place for State Pin Design – Nicole Hetzel, EASTERN Commercial Art/upcoming senior at Upper Moreland High School. For this competition, students present their state-winning pin along with their artwork and participate in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of their creation of the design.
Anita Gallagher, EASTERN Commercial Art/Abington High School upcoming senior, was also present at the National Competition and elected a national officer. EASTERN is proud to announce that Anita is the 2014 – 2015 PA State Secretary.