JWU, Providence Career & Technical Academy big winners at annual SkillsUSA RI Competition

PROVIDENCE – On Monday, the Rhode Island branch of SkillsUSA announced 278 gold, silver and bronze medals were shared by 15 Rhode Island-based education institutions at the 42nd annual SkillsUSA Rhode Island Awards & Recognition Ceremony on March 28.

Johnson & Wales University took home 11 gold medals – the most for any college or postsecondary school in the statewide competition.

At 22, the high school to be awarded the most gold medals was the Providence Career & Technical Academy.

Cranston Area Career & Technical Center was awarded 26 silver medals – the most for any high school in this year’s competition – while JWU took home eight, the most for any college or post-secondary school.

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Three bronze medals, the most for any college or post-secondary school, were added to JWU’s total while 16, the most for any high school, were awarded to the Providence Career & Technical Academy.

The highest medal count for any high school was 58 which were awarded to the Cranston Area Career & Technical Center. Of the three colleges competing, JWU took home the highest number of medals – 22 – nearly four times as many as New England Institute of Technology (eight) and more than seven times the number awarded to the IBEW Local 99 school (three).

Select individuals were also honored at the late March event.

Kim Reall, of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, was named Advisor of the Year; Monica Awde, of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center, was named CTE Educator of the Year; and Victoria Gailliard-Garrick, of William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln, was awarded an honorary life membership.

For more information on the awards, including medal winners and total medal counts, visit the SkillsUSA RI website.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.