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PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- Students from nine area career and technology centers competed against each other in Luzerne County.

Wilkes-Barre Area CTC hosted the Skills USA Competition on Wednesday.

The students came from area career and technology centers, including in Wilkes-Barre, as well as Lackawanna, Carbon, and Susquehanna Counties and beyond.

It was a chance for kids to show off their woodworking and masonry skills.

"These teams have been preparing for about a month and a half, two months for today. They take a lot of pride in their work and they want to beat their fellow peers," said Bob Bertoni, skills advisor.

Skills USA is a national organization preparing students for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations.