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

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:


  • 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)



  • First Aid/CPR – Sarah Adams (Bridgewater)


  • 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 ( 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.

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