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FRAMINGHAM – Keefe Regional Technical School students won a total of 38 medals during the District 3 SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference, also hosted by Keefe Tech on Wednesday, February 26.

Students from 14 schools within the district participated in skills and leadership competitions in their career and technical areas at the conference.

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Keefe Tech students competed in categories including Criminal Justice, Internet working, and Electrical Construction Wiring, bringing home 12 gold medals, 17 silver medals, 9 bronze medals, and 4 perfect scores on the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) exam.

All gold and silver medalists will move on to the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, held April 30 and May 1-2, 2020, in Marlborough.

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Zoe Rosen of Holliston, a grade 10 student in the Keefe Tech Legal and Protective Services program won a gold medal in the Criminal Justice category and received a perfect OSHA score.

“I’m so proud of what we all accomplished from my CTE program at Keefe. For me, it was a step in the right direction, I want to go to law school and this gold medal will help me achieve my goals. I met so many amazing, talented people from so many towns. I loved the experience,” Rosen said.

Grade 10 Legal and Protective Services student Alexa Caiola of Framingham took home the silver medal in the Criminal Justice category. “It was a very surreal experience for me. I did not expect as a sophomore to place and go on to states. We all studied and prepared together, and it really helped boost our confidence and support for each other,” said Caiola.

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“For me, participating was not just about winning, it was a great experience. I was able to fully embrace what I do and work so hard at in my Auto Program at Keefe Tech. It meant so much to me,” explained Alec Chan of Holliston, a Grade 11 Automotive Technology student who took home a silver medal for Automotive Service Technology and earned a perfect OSHA score.

Grade 11 Cosmetology student Gabby Buentello of Hopkinton won a silver medal in the Cosmetology (more than 500 hours) category. “I’d say that participating in SkillsUSA made me feel very professional, and I was proud to represent my school in front of all the other students in District 3,” Buentello said.

“I am so proud of all of the hard work that our students put into this competition. This is my first year at Keefe Tech and I cannot say enough about the hard work and dedication of the staff members that helped these students get ready for this event,” said Tony McIntosh, Director of
Career and Technical Education at Keefe and coordinator of the District SkillsUSA event. “I look forward to seeing all of our students compete at the state level and encourage all of them to keep studying their content material and practicing the hands-on skills that they will need to be
successful at the next level.”

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Keefe Tech’s gold medal winners are: Unique Linnell (Internetworking) of Ashland; Gabriel Ferreira (Electrical Construction Wiring), William Garrant (Commercial Banking), Braeden McKenna (Teamworks), Matthew Sostilio (Teamworks), and Ryan Swallow (Computer Programming) of Framingham; Christopher Hughes (Masonry), Zoe Rosen (Criminal Justice), and Ethan Ze’evi (Internetworking) of Holliston; and Ryan Fangel (Teamworks), Sean Heino (Diesel Equipment Technology), and Brock Howatt (Teamworks) of Natick.

Silver medal winners are: Michaela Lincoln (Esthetics) of Ashland; Paul Abrahams (Information Technology Service), Tiffany Adamas (Nail Care), Emilie Avelar (Nurse Assisting), Alexa Caiola (Criminal Justice), Nicol Correa-Acuna (Medical Math), Scott Palmer (Cabinetmaking), Mitchell Rieder (Web Design), Samuel Rubin (Mobile Robotics Technology), Jonathan Spalti (Internetworking), and Carlyn Thoreson (Mobile Robotics Technology) of Framingham; Sylvie Bielak (Computer Programming), Alec Chan (Automotive Service Technology), Vaansh Mansharamani (Web Design), and Lettie Segars (Commercial Banking) of Holliston; and
Gabrielle Buentello (Cosmetology Over 500 Hours) and Aiden Shepard (Sheet Metal) of Hopkinton.

Bronze medal winners are: Skye Bradford (Telecommunications Cabling) of Ashland; Aiperi Bazaraleiva (Criminal Justice), Lancelot Good (Web Design), Oliver Hameria (Culinary Arts), Sean Morrison (Graphic Imaging Sublimation), Ashanti Nunez-Rodriguez (Esthetics), and Camila Trinidad (Medical Math) of Framingham; Brandon Paradie (Information Technology
Service) of Holliston; and Gabriel Sharon (Web Design) of Natick.

The students who received perfect OSHA scores are: Lancelot Good (Grade 12) and Julian Orellana-Vega (Grade 10) of Framingham; and Alec Chan (Grade 11) and Zoe Rosen (Grade 10) of Holliston.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school and college students for careers in technical, trade and skilled service occupations through local, state and national programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

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Keefe Regional Technical School is a four-year public high school located in Framingham, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to 15 career and technical programs, Keefe Tech offers a complete college preparatory and honors academic program, with opportunities for students to participate in advanced placement courses and dual enrollment courses at local colleges and universities. Keefe Tech is proud to serve students from the in-district communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick.


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