WOOD RIVER JCT. — Teams of Chariho Tech students are preparing for the Rhode Island SkillsUSA competition, hoping to win a few state championships and go on to compete at the national event in Louisville, Ky.
Last year, five Chariho students placed in the top 10 at nationals. To raise funds to defray the cost of travel to Kentucky in June, students are organizing a pasta dinner, which will take place on Dec. 8 in the Chariho Tech dining room.
Chariho senior Arianna Angilly, who is in the culinary arts program, is one of the organizers of the event and hopes to make it to the national competition again this year.
“I competed in 2016 and 2017 and plan to compete in 2018,” she said. “I’ve been the state gold medalist for two years in a row and placed fourth in the nation at nationals this year. When I compete, it feels like time stops and the only thing that is happening is me doing what I love. It allows me to show off the passion I have for cooking, and the skill that has been brought out by that passion. It’s also allowed me to be accepted into college early, and has given me scholarship opportunities that I would have not had without competitions like SkillsUSA.”
The SkillsUSA program is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors, and industry that establishes the standards that career and technical students are taught in their classrooms. The objective of the program is to help schools across the country train career-ready young adults.
Chariho Tech criminal justice instructor Robert Wild, a former lieutenant in the North Providence Police Department, is the district’s SkillsUSA chapter adviser.
“SkillsUSA benefits students by allowing them to develop their personal workspace and technical skills in the classroom, which in turn has a direct impact on America’s future workforce,” Wild said. “These skills include leadership, work ethic, integrity, professionalism, communication, and decision making, just to name a few.”
Wild called the championships in June the “climactic event” that gives the students from Rhode Island the chance to compete against the best from around the country.
Chariho Tech Director Gerald Auth said that a career and technical education “provides so many opportunities for the students involved, and this is just another great example of one of those opportunities. This is one of the largest student organizations in the state or Rhode Island and the teamwork and pride of our state team is impressive on so many levels.”
The dinner will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and $5 for children. Gluten-free options will be available upon request. People wanting more information can contact Angilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.