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Chattooga’s Ty Veatch finishes 1st at Region SkillsUSA competition

Close to 30 high schools representing the SkillsUSA Region 1 counties of Northwest Georgia competed in 25 skill-based competitions on Friday, Dec. 6, spread throughout the Georgia Northwestern Tecnical College’s Walker County Campus with the winners headed to the statewide competition in the spring.

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Close to 30 high schools representing the SkillsUSA Region 1 counties of Northwest Georgia competed in 25 skill-based competitions on Friday, Dec. 6, spread throughout the Georgia Northwestern Tecnical College’s Walker County Campus with the winners headed to the statewide competition in the spring.

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“Think of a science fair for technical students mixed with leadership skills, that is a SkillsUSA competition,”Melissa McLain, GNTC graduation specialist and SkillsUSA advisor said. “These students are learning what they need to do before they get into the workforce.”

According to McLain, there were over 400 students and observers on the WCC on Friday getting acquainted with the college as well as future employment opportunities. While the skills learned through competing may benefit future employers, the main purpose of the events was to give students a taste of what is to come.

“It gives them an eye opening experience for what they can do after high school,” McLain said.

While soft skill competitions like speech and interviewing happened inside, the masonry and carpentry competitions were taking place under the awnings of the 300 building. According to Donny Holmes, GNTC program director and instructor of Construction Management, students were given two and a half hours to complete their challenge and were scored on mathematical accuracy as well as other factors. Competitors in the carpentry contest were given a small platform on which they had to build a wall frame with a window and stairs with a railing.

The students had to follow the blueprints provided to them by the judges while using lumber and hardware donated by Cedartown’s Duffy Construction Company. Chesley Chambers, Region 1 SkillsUSA co-chair, said the businesses and industries in the northwest Georgia region are very supportive of the competition since it helps students prepare to enter into the workforce.

“SkillsUSA shows the industry what these students can do,” he said. “As a result, they want to hire them.”

While there were plenty of industrial events involving physical labor such as plumbing and electrical construction wiring, the contest also featured soft skill competitions. Deasia Harris, a North Whitfield High School student, interviewed for a fictional position with a panel of judges composed of GNTC staff who gave her feedback on the meeting.

Harris told Lisa Pearson, Student Success assistant, Georgina Valderrama, secretary for Academic Affairs, and Michelle Sevy, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, about her aspirations to join the army and have the military pay for her medical school.

The following students placed in the Region 1 SkillsUSA competition. The top two from each category, except Automotive Service Technology, will advance to the state competition in Atlanta on March 12-14. The Automotive Service Technology category takes the top three students and is the only category to do so.

Advertising Design:

  • Etta McDaniel, 1st Place, Calhoun High School
  • John Washington, 2nd Place, Creekview High School

Architectural Drafting:

  • Drew Spencer, 1st Place, Heritage High School
  • David Castillo, 2nd Place, Sequoyah High School

Automotive Refinishing Technology:

  • Hunter Forsyth, 1st Place, Cedartown High School

Automotive Service Technology:

  • Peyton Parker, 1st Place, Gordon Central High School
  • Vincent Perna, 2nd Place, Cherokee High School
  • Logan Pulliam, 3rd Place, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

Cabinet Making:

  • Banks Hathcox, 1st Place, Calhoun High School
  • Chase Gresham, 2nd Place, Pepperell High School
  • Zander Cook, 3rd Place, Chattooga High School

Carpentry:

  • Ty Veatch, 1st Place, Chattooga High School
  • Jonathan Pearson, 2nd Place, Model High School
  • Michael Cummings, 3rd Place, Adairsville High School

Collision Repair Technology:

  • Austin Ledbetter, 1st Place, Cherokee High School
  • Rodney Williams, 2nd Place, Cedartown High School

Cosmetology:

  • Macy Tucker, 1st Place, North Murray High School
  • Kate Faulk, 2nd Place, Bartow County College and Career Academy
  • Rossy Cruz, 3rd Place, Cedartown High School

CPR & First Aid:

  • Ansley Wynn, 1st Place, Rockmart High School
  • Sarah Maloney, 2nd Place, Cherokee High School
  • Ethan Lester, 3rd Place, Cedartown High School
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Early Childhood Education:

  • Jada McGill, 1st Place, Model High School
  • Susana Quinones Villarrel, 2nd Place, Coosa High School
  • Hailey Gallman, 3rd Place, Murray County High School

Electrical Construction Wiring:

  • Cody McNeese, 1st Place, Gordon Central High School
  • Freddie Vargas, 2nd Place, Coosa High School
  • Gordon Hayden, 3rd Place, Model High School

Esthetics:

  • Reagan Brown, 1st Place, North Murray High School
  • Sandra Daniell, 2nd Place, Cedartown High School
  • Arian Garrett, 3rd Place, Cass High School

Extemporaneous Speaking:

  • Helana Garland, 1st Place, Gilmer High School
  • Sasha Melbourne, 2nd Place, Cherokee High School
  • Chance Potter, 3rd Place, Model High School

Graphic Communications:

  • Kala Bartley, 1st Place, Model High School
  • Chassidy Wright, 2nd Place, Coosa High School

Job Interview

  • Lincoln Puryear, 1st Place, Murray County High School
  • Frida Nieto, 2nd Place, Gilmer High School
  • Gabe Sisson, 3rd Place, Gordon Central High School

Job Skill Demonstration:

  • Emily Whatley, 1st Place, North Murray High School
  • Madison Whatley, 2nd Place, Cedartown High School
  • Nicholas McGill, 3rd Place, Calhoun High School

Job Skill Demonstration Open:

  • Madeline Skojac, 1st Place, North Murray High School
  • Aden Edwards, 2nd Place, Armuchee High School
  • Jacob Black, 3rd Place, Calhoun High School

 

 

Masonry:

  • Kevin Fraire, 1st Place, Gordon Central High School
  • Damien West, 2nd Place, Cass High School
  • Dustin King, 3rd Place, Chattooga High School

Plumbing:

  • Oliver Nolasco, 1st Place, Rockmart High School
  • Hunter Blackmon, 2nd Place, Adairsville High School
  • Brad Stone, 3rd Place, Calhoun High School

Prepared Speech:

  • Jessica Copez, 1st Place, Gordon Central High School
  • Michael Pastovich, 2nd Place, Model High School
  • Seth Wright, 3rd Place, Cedartown High School

Pin Design:

  • Carol Haynes, 1st Place, Heritage High School
  • Sisly Mann, 2nd Place, North Murray High School
  • Stephanie Flanery, 3rd Place, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

Quiz Bowl Team:

  • Cherokee High School, 1st Place
  • Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, 2nd Place
  • Calhoun High School, 3rd Place

Technical Drafting:

  • Matthew Funderburk, 1st Place, Heritage High School
  • Nathan Fricks, 2nd Place, Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School
  • Will Summey, 3rd Place, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

T-shirt Design:

  • Kathryn Brook, 1st Place, Calhoun High School
  • Corissa Pritchett, 2nd Place, Heritage High School
  • Jasmine Collier, 3rd Place, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

 


Welding:

  • Jacob Vinson, 1st Place, Model High School
  • Sage Owings, 2nd Place, Chattooga High School
  • Andrew Harrell, 3rd Place, Rome High School

 

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