---- — DERRY — Pinkerton Academy students took top honors at this summer’s national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo.
Stephanie Crepeau took first place and a gold medal for Prepared Speech, coming out on top in a field of 41 contestants from all over the country.
Other Pinkerton students and their honors include: Shawn Venti, sixth place for Telecommunications Cabling; Amanda Goff and Kayla Balis , 11th in the Esthetics category; Tyler Smith, 15th place in Computer Applications and the Skillpoint Certificate for having computer applications skills qualifying him for an entry level position in the workplace; Sam Davis, 22nd place in Internetworking; and Jim Boulter, 24th place in Computer Maintenance.
The national SkillsUSA event draws approximately 6,000 students from all over the nation to participate in more than 90 different competitions emphasizing talents in technology, business and leadership.
Pinkerton’s chapter, under the direction of SkillsUSA advisor Mike Eno, his wife Sara Eno, and Pinkerton carpentry teacher David Howes, grew from 25 to 65 members.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Pinkerton won the most medals for a school in the state.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization of students, teachers and businesses. It helps high school and college students develop technical and leadership skills.