Skip to main content

Local student wins SkillsUSA competition

06/06/2013 05:26PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, News


Senior Brianna Thompson is bound for Kansas City in June to compete in the national championship for SkillsUSA.



When it comes to medical assisting, Brianna Thompson is golden. The Kennett Area High School senior brought home the gold from the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA competition, and has her eye on another first-place medal at the national championship in June.

According to Thompson, who comes from a family of healthcare professionals, her fascination with nursing began at a young age. “I was inspired to help others, not as a lawyer or a teacher, but by assisting people with their health, because it is a major part of everyday life,” she said.

Thompson jumped into the profession as a high-school sophomore when she enrolled in the Health Occupations program at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus. Now in her third year, the future medical professional says the opportunities at TCHS have helped shape her plans to pursue a career in healthcare. In addition to a six-week medical assistant externship at Kennett Family Practice, she is completing the Delaware County Community College (DCCC) Certified Nurse’s Aide class and will take her state certification test this summer.

Though it was her first year competing in SkillsUSA, Thompson defeated every other Pennsylvania high-school student in medical assisting. Contestants complete both a written and skills test, covering everything from electrocardiography to medical abbreviations. Skills in the clinical and administrative setting are judged on speed, the use of correct safety measures and the students’ ability to interact personally with a patient.

Thompson will join more than 5,000 state winners in Kansas City from June 24 to 28 for the national championship, where they will put their skills to the test in occupations like web design, crime scene investigation, culinary arts, mechatronics and broadcast news production. These contests are operated with the assistance of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.



Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



kennett high school


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Holidays at Hagley: A Child's Delight

    12/05/2016
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and i...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    12/05/2016
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    12/08/2016
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Holidays at Hagley: A Child's Delight

    12/08/2016
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and i...


  • Christmas by Candlelight

    12/08/2016
    01:00PM

    Christmas by Candlelight, a heartwarming celebration of the yuletide season, is back by popular d...


  • Nature Studio

    12/08/2016
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    12/08/2016
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto

    12/08/2016
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto By Pete Pryor & Samantha Reading Music & Lyrics by Alex Bech...


  • The Road: My Life with John Denver

    12/08/2016
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Road: My Life with John Denver By Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman Directed by Randal Myler Dec...


Chester County High School Sports