YTI-Altoona wins five gold medals at SkillsUSA

Courtesy photo A team of seven participants from YTI Career Institute-Altoona won five gold medals for the school at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championship in Hershey and advanced to the national championships in Louisville, Ky., this month. Shown are (from left): Marissa Holsinger, LeAndrea Seiler, Carley Hahn, Alesha Shields, Alashia Walton, Rachel Reed and Jennifer Chesney.

Students from YTI Career Institute-Altoona earned five gold medals during the 2017 SkillsUSA Pennsyl-vania Leadership and Skills Championship held from April 19 to 21 in Hershey.

More than 1,500 career and technical education students from Pennsyl-vania districts were invited to the conference to showcase hands-on in abilities in more than 90 trade, technical and leadership fields.

Seven YTI-Altoona students competed in the events, each earning a gold medal in her event. The students’ names and placements are followed by the YTI Career Institute program they are enrolled in.

First aid/CPR — LeAndrea Siler (medical assisting).

Job skills demonstration — Marissa Holsinger (medical assisting).

Medical assisting — Rachel Reed (medical assisting).

Medical terminology — Jennifer Chesney (medical assisting).

Career Pathways Showcase Human Services — Alesha Shields (criminal justice), Carley Hahn (criminal justice) and Alashia Walton (medical assisting).

These winners will compete at nationals in Louisville, Ky., from June 19 to 23.

This is the National Leadership and Skills Conference’s 53rd showcase event, with more than 16,000 people expected to participate.

SkillsUSA is a student leadership organization available to all career and technical students.

It serves middle school, high school and post-secondary students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations nationwide.