Gwinnett Tech Students Have Strong Medal Showing at SkillsUSA State Championship
Ten Medals Earned; Three Gold Medalists Advance to National Competition
Gwinnett Technical College students earned medals in 10 out of 14 competition categories at the recent SkillsUSA State Championships held at Augusta Technical College. Three GTC students earned first place medals and will represent Gwinnett Tech and the state of Georgia at the National SkillsUSA Championships in June.
The SkillsUSA State Championships showcase the skills of post-secondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
In addition to the three gold medals, Gwinnett Tech students earned five silver medals and two bronze medals. Winners include:
- Allison Evans: Gold Medal in Photography
- Ashley Blattel: Gold Medal in Architectural Drafting
- Doug Liao: Gold Medal in Culinary Arts
- Damian AhChing: Silver Medal in Photography
- Levi Stanley: Silver Medal in Carpentry
- Nicole O'Claire: Silver Medal in Commercial Baking
- Parnell Roberts: Silver Medal in Cabinetmaking
- Patricia Westbrook: Silver Medal in Preschool Teaching Assistant
- David Petrides: Bronze Medal in Precision Machining
- Semra Slijivo, Kristen Stevenson, Ebonee Moses and Kimberly Ruan: Bronze Team Medal in Health Knowledge Bowl
Gwinnett Tech faculty served as advisors and assisted the students with preparing for the competition. Terry Forest served as advisor for the Health Knowledge Bowl team, Tony Cook was the advisor for the Architectural Drafting student, Kenny Adkins advised Carpentry and Cabinetmaking students, Kerri Crean was the advisor for Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking students, Kim Harkins was the advisor for Photography students, Don Watson was the advisor for the Precision Machining student and Priscilla Smith was the advisor for the Preschool Teaching Assistant student.
The three students who won gold medals qualified to advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships, to be held June 21-26 in Kansas City, Mo.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to develop a strong workforce for America.
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