Triplett students advance to national competition

These 16 Triplett Tech students competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships on April 28-29: front row, from left, Tyler Plauger, Joey Avvenire, Brandon Jenkins, Elijah Williams, Zachary Biggs. Second row, from left, Nick Pabon, Corey Pittington, Isaiah Saluck, Hayley Horton, Justin McIlwee, Trey Mills, Alexis Silvious, Garrett Morton, Brandon Trump, Elijah Rebekah Immanuel, Tyler Baker. Courtesy photo

Seven students from Triplett Tech will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in late June.

Sixteen Triplett Tech students competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships on April 28-29 in Fredericksburg.  Seven placed first and will compete at the 53rd annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in Louisville, Kentucky from June 19-23, where over 16,000 students, teachers and businesses will participate.

Triplett Tech Principal Connie Pangle said they have competed in past years and is glad to have students competing again nationally this year.

“Having students possess skills that are on the highest level to compete nationally is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our students and instructors at Triplett Tech,” she said. “We are extremely proud that we have seven students that are the best in their specialties among students in the state of Virginia.”

The seven students moving on to the national competition after receiving gold medals are Zachary Biggs for carpentry, Nick Pabon for extemporaneous speaking, Elijah Williams for masonry, and Cory Pittington, Tyler Plauger, Joey Avvenire, and Brandon Jenkins for teamwork.

She added that the cost per student for participating in the national championships is approximately $850, creating the need for fundraising and donations to cover the costs. Each student has been asked to pay the registration fee and their food while at the event.

“The remainder of the cost will be fund-raised and hopefully students will receive some donations from community to assist in the cost,” Pangle said.

If any business or industry would like to make a donation, call Triplett Tech for more information at 540-477-2402.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com