Sussex Tech students head to national teaching contest

GEORGETOWN — Four Sussex Technical High School early care and education students are headed to the national Educators Rising competition after netting top awards at the recent state championship.
Winning gold-level honors from Sussex Tech, making them eligible for the national contest in June in Washington, D.C., were Jessica Blatzheim, a senior from Ocean View, and Celina Lombardi, a senior from Millsboro, in children’s literature K-3; Kaitlyn Vogel, a sophomore from Ocean View, in creative lecture; and Bethany Pasmore, a senior from Bethany Beach, in impromptu speech.
Other Sussex Tech students winning honors at the state level were:
• Chris Brown, a sophomore from Millsboro, silver in job interview.
• Team of Ashlee Jones, a senior from Ellendale; Madelyn Celmer, a senior from Laurel; and Hunter Crew, a sophomore from Lincoln, silver in ethical dilemma.
• Team of Mellisande Aristil, a junior from Seaford; Alana James, a junior from Georgetown; and Paige Hopkins, junior from Bridgeville, bronze in Inside Our School.
• Ta’Kaela Siebert, a sophomore from Frankford, bronze in Educators Rising Moment.
• Madison Walsh, a sophomore from Laurel, bronze in Exploring Administrative Careers.
• Kayle Komlo, a sophomore from Laurel, bronze in impromptu speaking.
Educators Rising is a career-technical student organization that prepares students for careers in teaching.