April 2018

Hello WTA Family!

As we enter into April—and hopefully spring—I would like to highlight WTA’s association with and participation in SkillsUSA.  

SkillsUSA Massachusetts is a state association of SkillsUSA, a national organization serving more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including allied health occupations. Here in Massachusetts, SkillsUSA serves more than 34,000 students, teachers, and administrators within 51 high school and college programs.  The mission of SkillsUSA is to prepare high performance workers by providing quality learning experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

Here at WTA, we have a vibrant and active SkilsUSA Cohort of approximately 50 students.  On Friday, March 16, together with their advisor, Mrs. Maureen Baillargeon and the other members of our faculty, to participate in SkillsUSA District Competitions.  Participants who earned gold or silver medals at this level move on to statewide competition, which takes place in Marlborough this year from April 26 through 28. I am thrilled to announce that the following juniors and seniors received gold, silver, and bronze medals in district competition:

  • Automotive Technology—Derek Simons

  • Basic Healthcare—Crystal Lin

  • Computer Programming—Mark Krikunov

  • Customer Service—Brianna Hoffman

  • Electrical Construction Wiring—Frank Florek

  • Industrial Motor Control—Daniel Shaw

  • Medical Math—Marina Zhuravel

  • Medical Terminology—Cassandra Garrett

  • Robotics (Urban Search and Rescue)—Joshua Faunce and Mason Washington 


  • Additive Manufacturing—Alieksandra Mkrtchian and Alice Mosijchuk

  • Basic Health Care—Jordyn Sanders

  • Carpentry—Vitaliy Nazarets

  • Medical Terminology—Liza Lapko

  • Robotics (Urban Search and Rescue)—Aynsley Davidson and Nicholas Langlois


  • Customer Service—Jasmine Brooks

  • First Aid/CPR—Erica Marek

  • Internetworking—Deajah Barbour

  • Nurse Assistant—Brooke Thompson

  • Internetworking—Deajah Barbour

  • Nurse Assistant—Brooke Thompson

Additionally, sophomore Jasmine Brooks was awarded a bronze medal for Customer Service.

Congratulations to all of our SkillsUSA participants on a job VERY well done.  We are SO proud of your accomplishments and we wish you good luck and continued success at states.  Go Tigers!!!

In closing, as always, please know how grateful I am for all that you do on behalf of WTA!


Joe Langone