MIDDLEBURY-Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center students from the school's automotive technology, construction technology, culinary arts, diesel-power technology, and pre-engineering and architectural drafting programs demonstrated their knowledge at the annual Vermont SkillsUSA competition.
This year's event theme was Champions at Work and PAHCC students proved they are just that-yhey joined students from other Career and Technical Centers at the Sheraton Inn in South Burlington last week.
Gavin Greenewalt, a senior at MUHS, placed first in Computer Assisted Technical Drafting, Secondary Division; while
Bryan Sawyer, an adult student, placed third in Computer Assisted Technical Drafting, Post Secondary Division. This five hour competition included exploded assemblies, dimensioned working drawings, geometric tolerancing, and jig and fixture design. Hand sketching, design, and computer solid modeling skills were emphasized.
Cole Goyette, a senior from Mt. Abraham Union High School placed first and Sean Kingman also a senior from Mt. Abraham placed seventh in the Diesel Equipment Technology Electrical Problem Solving competition. Students were required to identify tools, new parts, and failed parts of a diesel engine. Students were tested on Commercial Driver's License Pre-Trip Inspection, correctly demonstrate adjustment of a wheel bearing, and complete a written knowledge examination.
Gavin Bicknell, a senior from Vergennes Union High School competed in Commercial Baking. Within three hours, she made a Dutch Apple Pie from start to finish, made one dozen dinner rolls as well as filled puff pastry in three different shapes. She topped it all off with decorating a cake.
Sean Higgins, a senior from Middlebury Union High School competed in Cooking. During a three hour allotment, he de-boned a chicken, prepared potato leek soup, and demonstrated precision knife skills in preparation, planning, and executing a well-balanced meal.
Cody Steele, a senior from Vergennes Union High School and Chris Davis, a senior from Middlebury Union High School competed in the Carpentry skills event. Cody and Chris were required construct a small wood structure by reading and interpreting a blueprint, correctly preparing necessary materials, with the end product properly assembled.
Jacob Ouellette, a senior from Vergennes Union High School and Justin Comes, a senior from Middlebury Union High School competed in the Automotive Service Technology skills event. Jacob and Justin demonstrated written and applied standards based upon task lists authored by National Automotive Technicians Education and Automotive Service Excellence.
For more information on these Career programs or others at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center call 382-1012 or check out the website at www.hannafordcareercenter.org. Details regarding Vermont SkillsUSA may be found at www.skillsusavermont.org.