• Members of the SCVTHS gold medal winning Quiz Bowl team.

    Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Students Win National Gold Medals 

    BRIDGEWATER – At the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), held this year from June 20-25, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia, students from Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) earned a total of 8 medals, including 6 gold medals.  Additionally, during the championships, two SCVTHS students were named recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award.  Finally, the SCVTHS SkillsUSA chapter was selected to receive a gold Chapter of Distinction Award.

    The list of SCVTHS students who received medals and awards is as follows:

    GOLD:                                                                                                                     

    • Quiz Bowl – Evelyn Chuo (Clinton), Arnav Khanna (Hillsborough), James Saba (Somerset), Rohil Singh (Hillsborough), Vir Trivedi (Hillsborough), and Alexander Zheng (Bridgewater)

    SILVER

    • Criminal Justice – James Marvits (Hillsborough)

    BRONZE:

    • Industrial Motor Control – Brian Opdyke (Neshanic Station)

    President’s Volunteer Service Award Winners

    Gold Level

    • Daisy Dong (North Plainfield)
    • Jessy Dong (North Plainfield)

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA (www.skillsusa.org) is a not-for-profit association that serves more than 300,000 middle school, high school, college and postsecondary students — and their instructors — in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA partners educators and students with business and industry to help ensure the United States has a well-prepared and skilled workforce. Nationally, SkillsUSA has the support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions.  SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

     

     

     

    SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL GOLD MEDALS

    Members of the SCVTHS Gold medal winning Teamworks team are shown celebrating their victory during the live streamed SkillsUS

    At the virtually held 2021 SkillsUSA National Championships, students from Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) earned a total of 14 medals, including 10 Gold. In addition, four SCVTHS students were recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award.

    The list of SCVTHS students who received medals and awards is as follows:

     

    GOLD:             

    • Industrial Motor Control – Brian Opdyke (Neshanic Station)
    • Quiz Bowl – James Saba (Somerset), Varun Punnam (Bridgewater), Rima Amin (Bridgewater), Alexander Zheng (Bridgewater) and Aarsha Shah (Bridgewater)
      • Alternates – Rohil Singh (Hillsborough) and
        Evelyn Chuo (Clinton)
    • Team Works – Erik Bielanski-Ziminski (Hillsborough),
      Rocco Coppola (Branchburg), Warren Cooney (Martinsville) and Joseph Girvan (Neshanic Station)

    SILVER:

    • Medical Math – Rachel Yuh (Somerset)

    BRONZE:

    • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences –
      Nabiya Chaudhry (Bridgewater), Ayesha Urrehman (Bridgewater) and Anjali Viswanathan (Somerset)

     

    President’s Volunteer Service Award

    Gold Level

    • Aarsha Shah (Bridgewater)

    Silver Level

    • Charlene Cai (Bridgewater)
    • Evelyn Chuo (Clinton)
    • Christopher Masiello (Hillsborough)

     

    Please note, the above listing omits students who have either not completed a media release form or wished to not be included.

     

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA (www.skillsusa.org) is a not-for-profit association that serves more than 300,000 middle school, high school, college and postsecondary students and their instructors in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA partners educators and students with business and industry to help ensure the United States has a well-prepared and skilled workforce. Nationally, SkillsUSA has the support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

     

    For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.


    SCVTHS Students Conduct Community Service Projects for American Spirit Contest

    BRIDGEWATER – As part of their American Spirit SkillsUSA project, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Academy for Health & Medical Sciences freshman Aarush Kumar of Hillsborough, Milan Patel of Franklin Park and Jiya Mody of Martinsville coordinated multiple community service projects.  At the end of March, the students will present the work they’ve done in the community at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships in the American Spirit contest.

    The students’ have summarized their projects as:

    Promoting Career and Technical Education

    On Saturday, February 1st, the students ran a booth promoting career and technical education at their school’s open house in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Also on Monday, January 27th, those three students traveled to Manville Middle school to promote career and technical education.

    Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been organizing this event for many weeks.  Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School participate in an organization called SkillsUSA. One of the projects is American Spirit, where numerous people all over the country compete to win. American Spirit consists of three major projects. These are the promotion of patriotism and citizenship, community service, and career and technical education.

    For the career and technical education project, the students took a trip to Manville middle school and promote the various career and technical education programs their school contains. They were accompanied by various students they recruited from the different programs at the school who were able to provide the students at the middle school with more information if they were interested in a specific program.

    The students also planned and created a new booth at their school’s open house, which took place on Saturday, February 1st, which specifically promoted career and technical education by demonstrating the immense benefits of such an education and also informed the students regarding the different programs at Somerset County Vocational and Technical School and how they have helped students be successful in careers in the past.

    After doing an ample amount of research on the various Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that their school has, the students were able to successfully connect with the students and answer various questions during their trip to Manville middle school as well as their school’s open house. They were also able to provide useful advice to 8th graders who were undecided about whether pursuing a CTE program or stay in their district.

    Using the research, the students had gathered, the students made a presentation that they shared at their open house. First, they described what a CTE program is, then described the benefits of them. After listing the programs Somerset County Vocational and Technical School has, they asked students what type of program they were interested in and showed specific slides that gave a brief description of the program and the potential professions that graduated students have been able to achieve.

    Overall, the students were able to connect with the 8th graders and give them valuable information that will help lead them to their correct path in life. This also helped in the promotion of career and technical education.

     

    Rehab at River’s Edge

    On Friday, January 19th, three students at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School organized a fun afternoon for residents at the Rehab at River’s Edge.

    Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been working to organize the event as a part of American Spirit, which is a project requiring the completion of three projects, each promoting patriotism and citizenship, community service, and career and technical education. American Spirit is a competition in SkillsUSA, which Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School is highly involved in.

    First, the students gave the residents a description of the activities they had planned. The first activity was to create vision boards of what they wanted to accomplish or what their goals were.  The students explained what vision boards were and how to make a vision board and also listed some examples of goals including doing more exercise, creating art, going on more walks, meeting new people, and making new friends.

    Before the event, the students had done research which showed that when senior citizens have a strong sense of purpose, it causes them to live longer. By helping them create vision boards, the students encouraged them to find a purpose, which would then give them a better and longer quality of life. The students then distributed construction paper, magazines, glue, and craft scissors and worked with the seniors to help them create vision boards.

    Next, the students played cup pong with the seniors. The seniors formed two teams and the students set up six medium sized buckets in a triangle formation on each side of the area and partially filled them with water. There were some interesting trick shots over course of the game, and it was exhilarating for the seniors to be a part of such an exciting activity.

    Research has shown that playing cup pong helps seniors with their hand-eye coordination, aim, and encourages them to exercise their muscles. At the Rehab at River’s Edge, many elderly people are not very motivated to move and even this simple movement helps to keep them in shape and encourages physical activity. At the end of the game, the students also worked with some of the seniors who had trouble aiming and getting the balls in the bucket to give them tips on how to aim and the best strategies.

    Overall, the event was highly beneficial for everyone involved and engaged and intrigued the seniors of the community while also promoting their well-being.

     

    Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison, New Jersey

    On Saturday, January 8th, three students at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School went to the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison, New Jersey.

    Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been working to organize the outreach event for a while. Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School is heavily involved with an organization called SkillsUSA. One of the projects which various students from across the country compete in is American Spirit. American Spirit is a project which includes the conducting of three projects each of which promotes either patriotism and citizenship, community service, or career and technical education.

    For their patriotism and citizenship project, the students decided to visit a veterans’ home and play bingo as well as other games with them while also interacting with them and talking to them about their experiences serving our country.

    The Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home is a government officiated building, meant for American Veterans. The goals of the VA is to honor and serve the military veterans, their spouses, and gold star parents, by providing the highest quality of resident, directed long term care by maintaining excellence in personal treatment and services, and treatment through personal collaboration, innovation, and dedication. The home is open to veterans who were honorably discharged from U.S. war or peacetime services, the veteran’s spouse and parents of members of the military who were killed in action during a period of war.

    Through the research the students did, they found out that, typically, veterans who remain socially active through activities such as bingo exhibit better health, happier lives, and have a lower risk of loneliness or depression, lower blood pressure, and stronger immune systems. Connecting with others and making friendships through such social activities also gives seniors something to look forward to.

    The students were able to meaningfully connect with many veterans and thank them for their service to the community. They look forward to going back to the veterans’ memorial home soon and giving letters to the veterans thanking them for their service or just volunteering again.

     


    Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Students Win School Record Number of National Gold Medals

    SkillsUSA Gold Medal Winners

    At the 55th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, Kentucky from June 24-28, 2019, students from Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) earned a total of 19 medals, including 17 gold medals.  The 19 medals are the most SCVTHS has ever won at the national competitions.  Additionally, the state of New Jersey finished with an all-time number of medals with 57.  New Jersey SkillsUSA State Director Peter Carey commented, "New Jersey SkillsUSA smashed all previous state records for national medals, and our total of 57 medals was the 3rd highest in the country.  It's a credit to the advisors and instructors who worked very hard to prepare the New Jersey competitors, and everyone associated with our organization should be extremely proud."

    The list of SCVTHS students who received medals is as follows:

    GOLD:                                                                                                                     

    • Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management and Technology – Vyonce Lawson (North Brunswick) and Janki Patel (Franklin Park)
    • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences – Krishna Mody (Martinsville), Shanaya Sood (Hillsborough) and Amanda Williams (Hillsborough)
    • Customer Service – Veda Kota (Hillsborough)
    • Health Knowledge Bowl – Mathew Abraham (Hillsborough), Ruhyak Gupta (Flemington), Natasha Mody (Martinsville) and Rohan Patel (Somerset)
    • Quiz Bowl – Abiram Gangavaram (Watchung), Evan Sapirman (Hillsborough), Rima Amin (Bridgewater), Omar Khasawneh (Somerset), Varun Punnam (Bridgewater) and Mona Marhaba (Bridgewater)

     

    SILVER

    • First Aid/CPR – Sarah Adams (Bridgewater)

    BRONZE:

    • Medical Terminology – Adarsh Mavathaveedu (Flemington)

    Furthermore, the remaining six SCVTHS competitors all finished within the top six nationally in their respective competitions.  Their results are as follows:

    Fourth Place:

    • Electrical Construction Wiring – Jeremy Salvato (Branchburg)
    • Industrial Motor Control – Kenton Asea (Martinsville)
    • Medical Math – Elizabeth Gershater (Bridgewater)

    Sixth Place:

    • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial and Engineering Technology – Halee Dani (Hillsborough), Christopher Masiello (Hillsborough) and Rachel Yuh (Somerset)

     

    Please note, the above listing omits students who have either not completed a media release form or wished to not be included.

     

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA (www.skillsusa.org) is a not-for-profit association that serves more than 300,000 middle school, high school, college and postsecondary students — and their instructors — in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA partners educators and students with business and industry to help ensure the United States has a well-prepared and skilled workforce. Nationally, SkillsUSA has the support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions.  SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

    For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526 – 8900 x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.


    SkillsUSA Honors SCVTHS Instructor Pratima Patil as Outstanding Educator

     Pratima Patil Poses with her Outstanding Educator Award

    Pratima Patil of Edison, a science instructor at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, was recognized with SkillsUSA’s Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award during the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.

    According to SkillsUSA, “the Educator of the Year is awarded for outstanding teachers who guide SkillsUSA student members to becoming leaders in their chosen fields. Not awarded regularly, the award is only given when the SkillsUSA Board of Directors wants to honor an exceptional educator for their service and dedication to career and technical education and SkillsUSA.”

    “One of the many things that makes Pratima an outstanding educator is her emphasis on teaching her students soft skills, such as creative thinking, problem solving, communications, teamwork and entrepreneurship,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “She wants to mold every student into a self-directed, motivated and responsible decision-maker,” he added.

    Pratima Patil reflected on receiving the award by saying, “I thoroughly enjoy being a part of SkillsUSA. Over the years, I have witnessed several students transform their lives by improving their personal and leadership skills.  Although I have been recognized as an outstanding advisor, our school’s consistent success in SkillsUSA is a team effort with all the advisors playing a role in assisting our hard-working, goal-oriented students to explore and compete in a myriad of competitions.”

    New Jersey SkillsUSA State Director Peter Carey added, "New Jersey SkillsUSA is extremely proud of Mrs. Pratima Patil's recognition as the 2019 National SkillsUSA Outstanding CTE Educator. Her dedication and enthusiasm has significantly contributed to the success and recognition of the students of the Somerset County Vo-Tech chapter of SkillsUSA."


    SCVTHS STUDENTS WIN GOLD AT 2018 NJ SkillsUSA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Elizabeth Jaeger (Branchburg) celebrates her Gold medal on stage at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships Awards Ceremony.

    On April 14th, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School students competed against other career and technical education students from around the state at the 2018 New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships. Out of the 94 students from SCVTHS who competed, 63 received medals including 27 Gold. The Gold medal winners are now eligible to test their skills in Louisville, Kentucky from June 25-29, 2018 at the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). During the NLSC Conference, more than 6,000 career and technical education students will showcase their talents and compete in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. The test competencies are set by industry. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations.

    The complete list of SCVTHS students who received medals is as follows:

     

    GOLD

    •Automotive Refinishing Technology – Susan Norz (Hillsborough) •Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services – Krishna Mody (Martinsville), Shanaya Sood (Hillsborough) •Community Service – Mira Amin (Bridgewater), Michelle Masiello (Hillsborough), Ritu Peddinti (Bridgewater) •Cosmetology (Novice) – Victoria Barbiero (South Bound Brook) •Criminal Justice – Conor Wojenski (Somerset) •Diesel Equipment Technology – Matt King (Watchung) •Electrical Construction Wiring – Jeremy Salvato (Branchburg) •First Aid/CPR – Sarah Adams (Bridgewater) •Health Knowledge Bowl – Matthew Abraham (Hillsborough), Julia Garaffa (Skillman), Ruhyak Gupta (Flemington), Matthew Natividad (Somerset) •Medical Math – Dhruv Gupta (Warren) •Medical Terminology – Elizabeth Gershater (Bridgewater) •Quiz Bowl – Abiram Gangavaram (Watchung), Mukta Patwari (Bridgewater), Evan Sapirman (Hillsborough), Janum Shah (Belle Mead), Darshan Shah (Hillsborough); Quiz Bowl Alternate: Andrew Idak (Warren) and Varun Punnam (Bridgewater) •Restaurant Service – Elizabeth Jaeger (Branchburg)

    SILVER

    •Career Pathways Showcase: Business Mgt. & Technology - Kyle Amerman (Bridgewater), Dylan D'Costa (Warren), Gilliana Loyola (Green Brook) •Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial and Engineering Technology – Karnav Dalal (Somerset), Molly Foster (Flemington), Aromal Suresh (Bridgewater) •Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources/Agriculture/Food – Natasha Mody (Martinsville) and Dhyan Patel (Hillsborough) •Collision Repair Technology – Nicholas Donnadio (Hillsborough) •Criminal Justice – Kyle Hishmeh (Bridgewater) •Customer Service – Veda Kota (Hillsborough) •Promotional Bulletin Board – Jamie Moni (Hillsborough), Eka Tawe (Hillsborough), Amanda Williams (Hillsborough) •Related Technical Math – Sonia Purohit (Branchburg) •SkillsUSA Safety Display – Adarsh Mavathaveedu (Flemington) •Teamworks – Richard Baginski (Branchburg), Nicholas Merola (Branchburg), Agustin Osses (Bridgewater), Brenden Ryan (Bridgewater) •Technology Display – Anna Ramos (Warren) and Mae Kinst (Hillsborough)

     

    BRONZE

    •American Spirit – Vyonce Lawson (Somerset) and Islam Soliman (Somerset) •Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services – Gabrielle Ku (Warren), Sharon Samuel (Hillsborough), Harrinee Senthilkumar (Bridgewater) •Custom Automotive Painting – Brian Houston (Bound Brook), Jose Gallegos (Bridgewater) •Health Occupations Professional Portfolio – Christine Starozytnyk (South Bound Brook) •Medical Terminology – Mahima Gurushankar (Bridgewater) •Plumbing – John Dolan (Hillsborough) •Technology Display – Shivani Patel (Hillsborough)  


    SCVTHS STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL MEDALS AND RECOGNITION

     

    Health Knowledge

    Members of the SCVTHS Silver medal winning Health Knowledge Bowl team
    (l-r) Matthew Natividad (Somerset), Julia Garaffa (Skillman),
    Palak Shah (Hillsborough) and Parth Patel (Raritan).

     

    At the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, Kentucky from June 17-23, 2017, students from Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) earned a total of 6 medals.

     

    Math

    (front left) SCVTHS student and Medical Math Silver medalist Janum Shah of Belle Mead.

     

    The list of SCVTHS students who received medals is as follows:

     

    GOLD:                                                                                                                                   

    • Job Interview – Satyakrishna Polavarapu (Bridgewater)

     

    SILVER:                                                                                

    • Health Knowledge Bowl – Julia Garaffa (Skillman), Matthew Natividad (Somerset), Parth Patel (Raritan), and Palak Shah (Hillsborough)
    • Medical Math – Janum Shah (Belle Mead)
    • Medical Math – Janum Shah
      (Belle Mead)

     

     

    Job Int

    (front center) SCVTHS student and Job Interview Gold medalist Satyakrishna Polavarapu
    of Bridgewater.

     

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA (www.skillsusa.org) is a not-for-profit association that serves more than 300,000 middle school, high school, college and postsecondary students — and their instructors — in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA partners educators and students with business and industry to help
    ensure the United States has a well-prepared and skilled workforce. Nationally, SkillsUSA has the support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.


    SKILLSUSA CHAPTER AT SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES LOWE’S GRANT FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

    lowes and skills logo

     

    Lowe’s and SkillsUSA have awarded a $14,010 grant to the SkillsUSA Chapter at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School for the creation of a brick “Career Path” to connect buildings on campus.

    SCVTHS SkillsUSA students will work with Lowe’s Pros to help design and build the brick “Career Path.” The path will make buildings on the campus of SCVTHS more accessible and also create a shorter route between buildings. All members of SCVTHS and any visitor will be able to enjoy this accessibility and beautification project.

    The SkillsUSA chapter was one of 14 programs nationwide to receive a Lowe’s grant in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. The local school grants are designed to strengthen local communities as they provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. To apply for a grant, students completed a written application to detail their project, tell why it is important, how it will be conducted and the outcomes and benefits. Finalists were selected based on their proposal and supporting plans. These projects will improve schools and local communities while reinforcing the students’ career and technical educational experience through the practical use of their skills.

    “Lowe’s is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work,” said James Frison, director of community relations at Lowe’s. “We’re excited to partner with SkillsUSA and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools to provide opportunities for students to apply their skills while giving back to their community.”

     

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.

     

    About Lowe’s in the Community

    Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live.

     

    To learn more: Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

     

    Local School Contact:          Lowe’s Contact:                                SkillsUSA Contact:

    James Strickhart                      Megan Lewis                                      Jane DeShong Short

    908-526-8900 x7169               704-758-2386                                     703-737-0612

    jstrickhart@scvts.net              megan.r.lewis@lowes.com                 jshort@skillsusa.org