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Diman student earns gold at SkillsUSA Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Diman's SkillsUSA National Team Despite violent weather and fierce competition, Diman students thrived at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY last week. The school’s 13 medals earned 20% of Massachusetts’ haul, including a gold medal by Isabella Rodrigues.

Rodrigues, of Fall River, showed her considerable violin demonstration skills to earn a gold medal in Job Skills Open. Other individual medals were earned by Ally Toupin, who won bronze in Job Skills A; Noah Gouveia, who earned a bronze medal in Cabinetmaking; and Hannah Amarantes, who won a bronze in Medical Terminology.

Diman’s medal count continued in two team events, where bronze medals were earned by the Career Pathways Health Services team and the Chapter Business Team. The Career Pathways Health Services team was Mackenzie Almeida, Lauren Antunes, and Yazlyn Quiros, while the Diman's Chapter Business Team included Meggan DeSousa, Marissa Morrison, Brittany Oliveira, Collin Bugara, Elijah Moniz, and William Hawkins.

“We can be proud of how all our students competed and behaved in their competitions and throughout the week,” said Superintendent-Director Marta Montleon. “Everyone represented themselves, Diman, and Massachusetts well.”

In addition, Graphic Communication sophomore Shaun DaRocha was honored at the Opening Ceremony for his National Pin Design on Tuesday, June 21st with his family in attendance.

77% of Diman students finished in the top ten in the nation in their contests.

“After experiencing some difficult travel arrangements and several violent summer storms they all kept their focus and minimized any effect on their performance,” said SkillsUSA Advisor Karl Cabucio. “We had a great group of teacher/advisers that gave a week away from their families and a mature group of young adults that represented their town, school and state with distinction.”

Name Competition Results Town
Rodrigues, Isabella Job Skills Demonstration Open Gold Fall River
Gouveia, Noah Cabinetmaking Bronze Somerset
Toupin, Ally Job Skills Demonstration A Bronze Fall River
Almeida, Mackenzie Career Pathways Dental Cluster Bronze Fall River
Quiros, Yazlyn Career Pathways Dental Cluster Bronze Fall River
Antunes, Lauren Career Pathways Dental Cluster Bronze Fall River
Bugara, Collin Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Fall River
DeSousa, Meggan Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Fall River
Hawkins, William Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Fall River
Moniz, Elijah Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Westport
Morrison, Marissa Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Fall River
Oliveira, Brittany Chapter Business Procedure Bronze Westport
Amarantes, Hannah Medical Terminology Bronze Fall River
Valcorba, Dinis Electronics Technology 7th Fall River
Benoit, Chelsey Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Westport
Borges, Alyanna Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Fall River
Janeiro, Beatrice Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Fall River
Pereira, Kendra Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Fall River
Stanley, Kyla Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Fall River
Sweatt, Ashley Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Fall River
Varao, Brent Opening & Closing Ceremony 13th Westport
Audet, Kayla Job Skills Demonstration A Post Sec Top 20 Fall River
Rodrigues, Brenda-Lee Job Skills Demonstration Open Post Sec Top 21 Westport
Fakunle, Victoria Prepared Speech Post Sec Top 22 Fall River
DaRocha, Shaun National Pin Design National Pin Somerset

Contact:
Nathan Byrnes, Media Services Coordinator
nbyrnes@dimanregional.org
508-678-2891 x1870