Gwinnett Tech Students Earn 44 Medals at State SkillsUSA Competition

GWINNETT – Gwinnett Technical College students had an impressive showing at SkillsUSA, Georgia’s Postsecondary State Leadership & Skills Conference, at the Georgia World Congress Center. 73 Gwinnett Tech students competed, earning 44 competition medals: 25 gold, eight silver, and 11 bronze.

Skills USA Medalists

The Gwinnett Tech SkillsUSA chapter secured the Level 1 Chapter of Distinction—Chapter of Excellence Program Quality Chapter and Level 2 Chapter of Distinction GOLD Level-Winning Chapter titles. These awards recognize chapters that deliver high-quality professional development focusing on students’ personal, workplace, and technical skills. Additionally, the chapter received recognition for having the third-highest membership in Georgia.

Mohamed Belal, a humanities instructor, earned the prestigious SkillsUSA Georgia Postsecondary Advisor of the Year award for his significant contributions to SkillsUSA and to students in career and technical education programs. Mohamed remains in contention for the national-level award.

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president of Gwinnett Technical College, shares, “The success of these students proves they are ready to excel and compete in a global workforce. Our students’ results at this competition continue to prove that their educational foundation is exceptional and that they can apply their learning in real-world situations.” The National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the abilities of postsecondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry, and technology.

The Gwinnett Tech 2024 award winners were:

Gold Medalists:

  • Olugbenga Bakare – Quiz Bowl
  • Harveen Banga – Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Sharon Broady – Outstanding Chapter Team
  • Meagan Cash – Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Duy Do – Related Technical Math
  • Karen Escario – Quiz Bowl
  • Annette Flynn – Web Design & Development
  • Drake Hamilton – Culinary Arts
  • Keturah Polius Hazell – Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Sebastian Hoyos – Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Kelly Inglett – Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Byron Jones – Pin Design
  • Raquel Kangalee – Outstanding Chapter Team
  • Shagufta Khan – Outstanding Chapter Team
  • Dayoon (Iris) Kim – Medical Math
  • Nah Kim – Technical Computer Applications
  • Lily Lieng – Quiz Bowl
  • Joshua McGee – Extemporaneous Speech
  • Jeff Miles – Quiz Bowl
  • Carman Monroe – Quiz Bowl
  • Eric Nims – Web Design & Development
  • Mikayla Schorr – Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Rayyan Surani – Computer Programming
  • Adriana Teodoro – Quiz Bowl
  • Trinity Wagner – Restaurant Services

Silver Medalists:

  • Sami Aouisse – Criminal Justice
  • Anh Do – Technical Computer Applications
  • Khoa Do – Cybersecurity
  • Carsyn Duncan – First Aid/CPR
  • Joseph Gzesh – Cybersecurity
  • Wesley Farmer – Cabinetmaking
  • Thi Tran – Related Technical Math
  • Oluwajomiloju (Jomi) Wusu – Computer Programming

Bronze Medalists:

  • Kiera Baul – Restaurant Services
  • Lilian Beckham – Job Demonstration A
  • Kayden Cash – Prepared Speech
  • Prabesh Chhetri – Computer Programming
  • Lydia Cox-Creary – Carpentry
  • Lily Hang – Crime Scene Investigation
  • Brett Dornblaser – Related Technical Math
  • Emily Lublink – Medical Terminology
  • Carmen Montoya – Technical Computer Applications
  • Preston Rondeau – Crime Scene Investigation
  • Thi Tran – Related Technical Math
  • Elizabeth Wade – Crime Scene Investigation

SkillsUSA contests begin locally and continue through state and national levels. State Gold Medalists now have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-28, 2024. The National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of postsecondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry, and technical contests. Over 16,000 students, teachers, and business partners participated in the weeklong national competition.

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About Gwinnett Tech: Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia’s largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The College offers over 140 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops, and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County’s largest corporate training provider and serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.