Octorara Homeland Security & Protective Services Competes in SkillsUSA
On Friday February 15th, three cadets from the Octorara Homeland Security & Protective Services Academy traveled to Lancaster for the District 4/5 combined SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is a national student organization which supports Career and Technical Education and allows students from all over the country to compete in challenges related to their program of study. This was the first year the OHSPSA participated in the event. Three cadets volunteered to compete in the firefighting skills competition. The tasks consisted of a 100 question written test and 8 firefighter specific, scored, practical skill stations. All of the skill stations had a separate, independent evaluator/industry expert, which scored each competitor according to the National Firefighter 1 standard. The scores for both the written test and individual skill sheets were then combined to produce numeric rankings. Senior cadets Kevin Beck (Great Valley HS - East Whiteland Fire), Ryan Lewis (Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School PALCS - Malvern Fire), and Kimberly Trainor (Octorara HS - Cochranville Fire) all earned medals for their efforts.
Kevin Beck: Silver Medal (2nd Overall District 5) OHSPSA: First Year
Ryan Lewis: Bronze Medal (3rd Overall District 4) OHSPSA: First Year
Kimberly Trainor: Bronze Medal (3rd Overall District 5) OHSPSA: Third Year (The only female competitor in the event)
Considering this was their first competitive experience and the OHSPSA cadets walked away with exactly half of all the medals awarded for the entire event proves that high quality training and hard work pay off.