WEYMOUTH — Gianna Conti said she and her teammates didn’t know exactly what to expect when going into a national competition meant to test their knowledge about health-related topics.
But the team of four — Gianna Conti, Emily Kilrow, Alyssa Deschenes and Allison Meighan — ended up winning first place, taking home the first SkillsUSA gold medal ever for Weymouth High School.
“We went into it thinking it was OK if we didn’t win because we had made it to nationals,” said Conti, who was president of Weymouth SkillsUSA for two years. “We were so proud of our efforts and very grateful.”
Skills USA is a national career and technical student organization that promotes training programs in the trades, technical and skilled service occupations. The national group has local chapters, which help vocational students excel through a variety of competitions at regional, state and national levels.
Weymouth High students in the career and technical education program have the option to compete in a variety of areas. The four students who won the gold medal graduated from the allied health program and participated in the health knowledge bowl, which had several rounds of questions and a written portion.
Monique Maskell, the group’s SkillsUSA advisor and allied health teacher, said Conti,…