High School Students Earn Accolades at National, Global Competitions
Christian Ricci & Kyle Vogeler
2nd States Video Game DesignSeveral Southern Lehigh High School students have earned accolades this spring at regional, national and even a competition with global reach.
Sophomore Abigail Roth placed second in a regional Chinese speech competition judged by representatives from China’s Confucius Institute, said Visiting Teacher Qingchu Yu. The competition pits students from several districts against each other on two levels and they are required to make short speeches about themselves, do a tongue-twister in Chinese and answer questions from the judges.
Sponsored by the Berks County Intermediate Unit and held at Kutztown University on May 16, it was the first Chinese speech competition held in this region, Yu said. The Confucius Institute is the organization that arranged for Yu’s year-long visit to Southern Lehigh.
Matt Decker 1st States 2D CAD Architectural Michael Scharf 2nd States 2D CAD Architectural
Meanwhile, seniors Fred Meschonat and Travis Anthony earned $40,000 in scholarships after placing eighth at the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association Auto Competition held in late April at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Meschonat and Anthony are students at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and they competed in a field of 30 teams from the United States and Canada.
“We are very proud of these two young men and what they have accomplished in their time at LCTI,” said Automotive Instructor Michael Bernadyn.
While the seniors were collecting their honors, two freshmen were making a mark in the state Future Business Leaders of America competition held in Hershey last month. Nikos Milios and Thomas Strock both finished in the Top 10 at the state event, earning them both a trip to the national competition and conference in Orlando, Florida, at the end of June.
Nikos will compete in the Sports Management category and Thomas will compete in Marketing, said teacher/advisor Bonnie Organski.
“I think it’s phenomenal for these two 15-year-old boys because they were competing against 12th-graders,” Organski said. “To the best of my knowledge this is the first time Southern Lehigh has had students competing at the national level.”
Last, but not least, four students will compete in the Technology Student Association national competitions in Dallas, Texas, in July, according to advisor Rick Colelli. Matthew Decker who placed 1st in the state in 2D Architectural CAD and Michael Scharf who placed second in the same event will compete in this event at the national level. Christian Ricci and Kyle Vogeler placed second in the TSA state competition in Video Game Design.