North Hills Students Win Top Honors in SkillsUSA Competition

The students next compete for a chance to attend a national conference in Kansas City, Mo.

North Hills Senior High School  and A.W. Beattie Career Center students secured top honors in the 2013 SkillsUSA District Competition and advanced to the statewide competition. 

Senior Bonnie Adamiak, who is enrolled in the cosmetology; junior Allison Cross, who is enrolled in the preschool teaching assistant program and juniors Brittney Gill and Kaitlin Bigley, who are enrolled in advertising design, won first place in the annual competition that showcases the best career and technical students in the nation.

They will participate in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference on April 4 in Hershey for chance to compete at the SkillsUSA 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. 

Bonnie demonstrated her skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests on mannequins in the cosmetology category, and Allison exhibited her knowledge in the early childhood education category by preparing a written lesson plan and completing an assessment on her knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies.

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Brittney and Kaitlin teamed up to create a promotional bulletin board that advocated career and technical education programs and careers and deliver an oral presentation on the topic. 

Sophomore Tessa Dilts, a cosmetology student, secured second-place in the model category.  Senior Carissma Edwards, enrolled in cosmetology, also competed in action skills and senior David Watson, an HVAC student, also competed in the HVAC category. 

A.W. Beattie welcomes students from nine northern area school districts to enroll in one, two or three-year technical programs, while still taking academic classes at their home school. 

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