BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On April 14, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School students competed against other career and technical education students from around the state at the 2018 New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships. 

Out of the 94 students from SCVTHS who competed, 63 received medals including 27 gold.  The gold medal winners are now eligible to test their skills in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 25 through June 29 at the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). 

During the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), more than 6,000 career and technical education students will showcase their talents and compete in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations. 

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The test competencies are set by industry.

The complete list of SCVTHS students who received medals is as follows:


  • Automotive Refinishing Technology – Susan Norz (Hillsborough)
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services – Krishna Mody (Martinsville) and Shanaya Sood (Hillsborough)
  • Community Service – Mira Amin (Bridgewater), Michelle Masiello (Hillsborough), Ritu Peddinti  (Bridgewater)
  • Cosmetology (Novice) – Victoria Barbiero (South Bound Brook)
  • Criminal Justice – Conor Wojenski (Somerset)
  • Diesel Equipment Technology – Matt King (Watchung)
  • Electrical Construction Wiring – Jeremy Salvato (Branchburg)
  • First Aid/CPR – Sarah Adams (Bridgewater)
  • Health Knowledge Bowl – Matthew Abraham (Hillsborough), Julia Garaffa (Skillman) , Ruhyak Gupta (Flemington), Matthew Natividad (Somerset)
  • Medical Math – Dhruv Gupta (Warren)
  • Medical Terminology – Elizabeth Gershater (Bridgewater)
  • Quiz Bowl – Abiram Gangavaram (Watchung), Mukta Patwari (Bridgewater), Evan Sapirman (Hillsborough), Janum Shah (Belle Mead), Darshan Shah (Hillsborough)
    • (Quiz Bowl Alternate:  Andrew Idak (Warren) and Varun Punnam(Bridgewater))
  • Restaurant Service – Elizabeth Jaeger (Branchburg)


  • Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management and Technology - Kyle Amerman (Bridgewater), Dylan D'Costa (Warren), Gilliana Loyola (Green Brook)
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial and Engineering Technology – Karnav Dalal (Somerset), Molly Foster (Flemington), Aromal Suresh (Bridgewater)
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources/Agriculture/Food – Natasha Mody (Martinsville) and Dhyan Patel (Hillsborough)
  • Collision Repair Technology – Nicholas Donnadio (Hillsborough)
  • Criminal Justice – Kyle Hishmeh (Bridgewater)
  • Customer Service – Veda Kota (Hillsborough)
  • Promotional Bulletin Board – Jamie Moni (Hillsborough), Eka Tawe (Hillsborough), Amanda Williams (Hillsborough)
  • Related Technical Math – Sonia Purohit (Branchburg)
  • SkillsUSA Safety Display – Adarsh Mavathaveedu (Flemington)
  • Teamworks – Richard Baginski (Branchburg), Nicholas Merola (Branchburg), Agustin Osses (Bridgewater), Brenden Ryan (Bridgewater)
  • Technology Display – Anna Ramos (Warren) and Mae Kinst (Hillsborough)


  • American Spirit – Vyonce Lawson (Somerset) and Islam Soliman (Somerset)
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services – Gabrielle Ku (Warren), Sharon Samuel (Hillsborough), Harrinee Senthilkumar (Bridgewater)
  • Custom Automotive Painting – Brian Houston (Bound Brook) and Jose Gallegos (Bridgewater)
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio – Christine Starozytnyk (South Bound Brook)
  • Medical Terminology – Mahima Gurushankar (Bridgewater)
  • Plumbing – John Dolan (Hillsborough)
  • Technology Display – Shivani Patel (Hillsborough)

For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or