Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Denville, NJ (5/26/15) – Students from the Morris County School of Technology won 26 medals during the NJ SkillsUSA State Championship Competition, which was recently held in Somerset. High school students competed in various events, which was a showcase for career and technical education students across the state.

During the competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like business, technical drafting, welding, and preschool assisting. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Gold Medals were awarded to the following students: Jason Donat, Building Maintenance; Daniel Leanna, Basic Construction; Neelav Patel, William Wahl, and Anthony Westpy for Career Pathways Business Management. Gold medal winners are invited to participate in the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY the end of June.

Silver Medals were awarded to Charlie Baranski, Luke DeMonico, David Douglas, and Kyle McDougall in Entrepreneurship; Bruce Congon, Justin Fusco, Keaton Little, and Dan Palazzo, Teamworks; Karen Du, Janelle Giovenco, Alissa Kogan, Marketing, Sales & Services; Yousef Khan, Internetworking; Lauren Machere, Job Interview; and Nicolette Messina, Jacob Rosenstien, and Rohan Vodapalli for Career Pathways Finance Services.

Bronze Medal winners were Nivrata Bharwani, Nia Del Pino, and Andrea Jones, Career Pathway Arts & Communication; Matthew Nelson, Collision Repair Technology; and Derek Novak for Auto Refinishing Technology.

“SkillsUSA was a great success!” said SkillsUSA advisor Kim Delesky of this year’s competition. “We boasted a total of 26 medals but more importantly, it was a great learning experience for the students.”

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members. For more information, visit

The Morris County School of Technology ( offers programs for Morris County high school students, including Career Academies, Share Time Programs and Share Time Programs for Special Needs students and also available are Adult Education programs. For additional information, call the Morris County School of Technology at (973) 627-4600, located on 400 East Main St., Denville.