Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted the SkillsUSA Region 1 Competition on Friday, January 23, 2015.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education.

Students competed in areas including Advertising Design, Architectural Drafting, Automotive Refinishing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Broadcast News Production, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Maintenance Technology, Cosmetology, Digital Cinema, Esthetics, Extemporaneous Speaking, First AID/CPR, Job Interview, Job Skill Demonstration A, Job Skill Demonstration Open, Masonry, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Pin Design, Plumbing,  Precision Machining Technology, Prepared Speech, Preschool Teaching Assistant, Quiz Bowl, Residential Wiring, Team Works Region, Team Works State, Technical Drafting, TV Production, Welding, and Welding Fabrication.

Each area of the competition was judged on a unique set of criteria specific to the topic.

The panel of judges consisted of instructors and staff members from the Floyd County College and Career Academy, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, other regional High Schools and colleges, as well as local business and industry partners.

“The students are really showcasing their leadership skills as well as their technical skills in this competition,” said Chesley Chambers, coordinator for the SkillsUSA Region 1 competition and metals instructor at the Floyd County College and Career Academy. “A lot of former students that have competed in SkillsUSA before have come back as judges. It’s a good opportunity for business and industry to give back to the students.”

Winners of the Region 1 competition will go on to compete at the state level.

With more than 300,000 members annually, SkillsUSA is organized into 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. For more information, visit

SkillsUSA Region 1 Championship Winners:

Advertising Design

  1. Maddie Bumgardner, Calhoun HS
  2. Georgia Bronson, Dalton HS
  3. Peyton Wentz, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy

Architectural Drafting (Prizes were donated by TriMec and Solid Works)

  1. Matthew Stag, Calhoun HS
  2. Ethan Quinton, Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe HS
  3. Kathryn Stapleton, Etowah HS

Automotive Refinishing Technology

  1. Luis Vicente, Cherokee HS

Automotive Service Technology

  1. Jacob Wright, Cherokee HS
  2. Matt Brown, Gordon Central HS
  3. Cameron McVicar, Etowah HS

Broadcast News Production

  1. Katya Gaffney, Corey McLaughlion, Madi Pasterz, Tommy Tillson – Cherokee County HS
  2. MacKenzie Dilbeck, Brandon Morell, Ashton Sawyer, Erin Walden – Heritage HS
  3. Brooke Davis, Jacob McVey, Katleigh Merrier, Brandon Weaver – Gilmer HS


Cabinet Making

  1. Cason Bedford, Cedartown HS
  2. Branton Bailey, Gordon Central HS
  3. Dewey Thomas, Cedartown HS

Carpentry (Prizes were donated by Rochester Concrete Construction)

  1. Jarod Rollins, Adairsville HS
  2. Logan Fincher, Cedartown HS
  3. Blake Green, Gordon Central HS

Collision Repair Technology

  1. Gabe Soto, Gordon Central HS
  2. Tristan Wright, Rockmart HS

Computer Maintenance Technology

  1. Alex Castro, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy



  1. Claudia Rediger, Cass HS
  2. McKenna Gulledge, Adairsville HS

Digital Cinema

  1. Jenna Murray, Xavier Owens – Etowah HS
  2. Conner Rentz, Alex Smith – Heritage HS
  3. Ian Garay, Cristina Monarez – Cherokee HS


  1. Kacey Bunch, Vanessa Hernandez – North Murray HS
  2. Ansley Canada, Majesta Herman – Cass HS
  3. Alexis Thomason, Megan Brock – NWGA College and Career Academy

Extemporanous Speaking

  1. Jessica Marchant, Gilmer HS
  2. Mark Bearden, Calhoun HS
  3. Brooke McArthur, Cherokee HS


  1. Courtney Bell, Lafayette HS
  2. Ashley Campbell, Cherokee HS
  3. Koral Arroyo, Dalton HS

Job Interview

  1. Jacob Engstrom, Gilmer HS
  2. Emiley Jenkins, Lafeyette HS
  3. Moriah Hardy, Calhoun HS

Job Skills Demonstration A

  1. Damon Rose, Fannin County HS
  2. Bailey Atkins, North Murray HS
  3. Jackson Echols, Gilmer HS

Job Skills Demonstration Open

  1. Edwinn Fraire, NWGA College and Career Academy
  2. Essie Martin, Gilmer HS
  3. Nikki Blankenship, North Murray HS

Masonry (Prizes were donated by Rochester Concrete Construction)

  1. Dallas Holcomb, Cedartown HS
  2. Gauge Cross, Gordon Central HS
  3. Patrick Cheramie, Ringgold HS

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  1. Aliegh Beard, Jameila Dudley, Jessica Frank, Emily Johnson, Lindsey Radford, Rylee Romero, Nikki Watts – Cass HS

Pin Design

  1. Reece Dial, Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe HS
  2. Micah Cabeen, Heritage HS
  3. Kayla Hill, Woodland HS

Plumbing (Prizes were donated by Rochester Concrete Construction)

  1. Adam Thomas, Adairsville HS
  2. Rodney Smith, Cedartown HS
  3. TJ Middleton, Chattooga HS

Precision Machining Technology

  1. Alex Banks, Murray County HS
  2. Bradley Forman, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy
  3. Tripp Ivie, Cedartown HS

Prepared Speech

  1. Byron Parris, Rockmart HS
  2. Diana Sanchez, Woodland HS
  3. Alyssa Courshon, Cherokee HS

Preschool Teaching Assistant

  1. Anna Walker, Pickens HS
  2. Anna Westmoreland, Gilmer HS
  3. Kaylee Holtzclaw, Murray County HS

Quiz Bowl

  1. Brice Chrisfield, Justin Higgins, Isaac Leal, Charles Tola, Joseph Watts – Heritage HS
  2. Shakeem Bisham, Ayton Hodges, Priya Patel, Loren Ware, John Weaver – Cherokee HS
  3. Albert Adhya, Ailani Ineda, Matthew Martinez, Elizabeth Ortega, Gerardo Paniagua – Dalton HS

Residential Wiring (Prizes were donated by Klein Tools)

  1. Jason Burdette, Adairsville HS
  2. Gabriel Smith, Calhoun HS
  3. Seth Mason, Cedartown HS

Team Works Region

  1. Carter Arrington, Arl Longmore, John Redd, Brandon Shuping, Logan Tolbert – Adairsville HS
  2. Jacob Garner, Tyler Hartley, Jacob Lowe, Levi McKinley, Mason Rigdon – Cass HS
  3. Justin Baker, Carson Lee, Jacob Thompson, Corey Vines, Stephen Walker – Cedartown HS

Team Works State (Top 10 Statewide Advance to State)

2nd Place – Adairsville HS – Carter Arrington, Arl Longmore, John Redd, Brandon Shuping, Logan Tolbert

6th Place – Cass HS – Jacob Garner, Tyler Hartley, Jacob Lowe, Levi McKinley, Mason Rigdon

8th Place – Cedartown HS – Carson Lee, Justin Baker, Jacob Thompson, Corey Vines, Stephen Walker

Technical Drafting (Prizes donated by TriMec and Solid Works)

  1. Wesley Summers, Etowah HS
  2. Zachary Van Dine, Sequoyah HS
  3. Christian Sawyer, Heritage HS

TV Production

  1. Andrew Besh, David Besh – Heritage HS
  2. Ryan Harris, James Stevens – Etowah HS

Welding (Prizes were donated by Welding Equipment & Supply and UA Local 72)

  1. Ryan Fincher, Cedartown HS
  2. Jacob DeBerry, Chattooga HS
  3. Matt Beard, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy

Welding Fabrication (First place advance to state)

  1. Andrew Daniel, Austin Guice, Corey Knight, Chase Manning – Cedartown HS
  2. Sierrah Gani, Madison Healy, Savannah Healy, Logan Smith – Cass HS
  3. Michael Leming, Taylor Mitchel, Christian Turkett, Austin Wilson – Chattooga HS

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.