LACONIA — Huot Techincal Center (HTC) Plumbing and Heating students Nate Desmarias and Cassie Shults recently travelled to the Seacoast School of Technology to compete in the annual Skills USA competition to test their knowledge of skills used in employment and hands-on abilities against others in the state. Competitors needed to submit a professional resume, take a rigorous written exam focusing on industry codes, guidelines, and terminology, participate in an interview competition as well as a hands-on competition and finally submit a completed project based on blueprint drawings.

From the culminating experience and contest scores, Nate, a senior from Belmont High School placed 2nd, and Cassie, a senior from Winnisquam Regional High School placed 3rd. Both students were able to finish within the allotted time the main contest which was to read an isometric blueprint drawing, create a materials list, and build a PVC drainage system while demonstrating professional, clean, and accurate workmanship.

After completing their second year in the HTC Heating and Plumbing program, Nate and Cassie will be eligible to enter into the second year of the NH Apprenticeship Program after high school.

CAPTION — Local seniors Nate Desmarias of Belmont, and Cassie Shults of Winnisquam compete in the annual Skills USA competition held at the Seacost School of Technology. (Courtesy photo)

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