Governor Honors Sussex Tech Students

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Sussex Tech students were honored by Gov. Jack Markell for their outstanding performance at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. Left to right are, bottom row – Tara Windels, Gov. Jack Markell, Katie Beitzel and Rebecca Southmayd; middle row – Tara’s mother Karen Ironside, Stephen Mervine and Sarah Samaha; back row – media broadcasting teacher Gary Conaway, teacher Blanche Nickel, electronics teacher Anthony Carmen, and Sussex Tech’s student youth activities coordinator Dan Zakrociemski.

On August 18 at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware Governor Jack Markell met with high school students from technical schools throughout the state who had earned top-three finishes at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri this past summer. Representing Sussex Technical High School were members of its Broadcast News team and its participant in the Technical Computer Applications contest. The students shared details about their competitions and what they learned from the competition.

For the fifth time, Sussex Tech’s Broadcast News team brought home a national medal by placing third in this year’s competition. Bronze team members were 2011 graduate Sarah Samaha of Milford and seniors Katie Beitzel of Lewes, Stephen Mervine of Bridgeville, and Rebecca Southmayd of Ocean View. The team was coached by media broadcasting teacher Gary Conaway.
Senior Tara Windels of Laurel also won a bronze medal in the Technical Computer Applications national contest. A double technical area major student (electronics and criminal justice), she will go for the gold in the 2012 competition. Tara was accompanied to Dover by two of her coaches, electronics teacher Anthony Carmen and teacher Blanche Nickel.

Sussex Tech sent 34 students to Kansas City to compete in leadership and skilled contests at the National SkillsUSA Championships. All had outstanding top-22 performances in the national contests that featured hundreds of entrants.

Before leaving Dover, Sussex Tech students presented Governor Markell with a SkillsUSA lapel pin and ink pen.