SJA Graduates Win Gold At SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference


St. Johnsbury Academy 2014 graduates James Jefferson and William Brink pose within their gold medal Teamworks project during the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City. Mo.

St. Johnsbury Academy's Teamworks team won the gold medal in their event at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. recently. More than 6,000 technical education students from across the United States travelled to Missouri to compete in 99 different events after winning gold medals in their respective states. James Jefferson and William Brink, 2014 graduates, represented the Academy.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The organization's programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service.

Joining the Academy team were Nick Hill and Ryan Taylor of Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, Vt. Team coach Mike Bugbee said, "The Teamworks competition to me is one of the hardest at the conference. The students compete for fours days and really have to be well rounded, as they have to work outside of their discipline. What makes it even harder is the fact that this was really the first time Billy and Jimmy worked with Nick and Ryan. This really makes the term 'Teamworks' very appropriate. It was really a super group of young men that represented the school!"

Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "To be national champion in anything is a great accomplishment! Being national champion in a team competition is even more impressive, as it shows not only talent and expertise, but also the ability to collaborate and communicate with others. These young men are well positioned for success in the future. Coach Bugbee, his team, and their families should be very proud of this accomplishment and all the hard work that preceded it."


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