Winners Qualify For State Skills-Based Competition

“Regional finalists in the 2016 Region 1 District SkillsUSA competition competed in the Carpentry category on January 29. This category, along with more than two dozen others, were hosted on the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”


(Walker County, Georgia) – From on-site to online, nearly 400 Northwest Georgia high school standouts took part in the Region 1 District SkillsUSA competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Walker County, Georgia.


More than two dozen a­reas of competition heated up on January 29 on the Rock Spring, Georgia-based campus of GNTC. “These students are locked in and really hoping to advance,” said GNTC’s SkillsUSA Coordinator, Mike Meyer. “We couldn’t be more proud of the level of competition our schools have prepared these students for in the weeks to come.” GNTC also competes each year in the collegiate level of SkillsUSA on the state, and often times, on the national level.


From Fort Oglethorpe to Cedartown, as well as up into the Blue Ridge Mountains, competitors took part in timed contests involving quality and skill of the highest level. “All across campus students were vying for spots in the state competition,” said Meyer. “From Early Childhood Education to Drafting to Broadcast Production, we’ve got a great list of winners headed to the state competition after today’s events.”


Student qualifiers from across the Peach State will compete on the state level March 17-19. Competitions will be held at Atlanta’s Georgia International Conference Center, Atlanta Technical College, and North Georgia Technical College. Here’s who qualified to compete from Region 1 which comprises most of Northwest Georgia. For most categories, only the top two finishers in a category will move on to the state competition.


Advertising Design
1. Azlin Cleveland, Calhoun High School

  1. Georgia Bronson, Dalton High School



Architectural Drafting

  1. Timothy Hodge, Heritage High School
  2. Chase Morgan, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School


Automotive Refinishing Technology

  1. Caleb Pledger, Chattooga High School


Automotive Service Technology

  1. Chase Hasty, Northwest Georgia CCA
  2. David Crothers, Cherokee High School


Broadcast News Production

  1. Gilmer High School – Karigan Abercrombie, Matthew Fowler, Echo Stover, and Amanda Wheat.
  2. North Murray High School – Levi Anderson, Samantha Brown, Christopher Lawson, and Josh North.


Cabinet Making

  1. Josh Puckett, Cedartown High School
  2. Beck Fletcher, Calhoun High School



  1. Logan Fincher, Cedartown High School
  2. Jarrod Rollins, Adairsville High School


Collision Repair Technology

  1. Dalton Yarbrough, Rockmart High School
  2. Gabe Soto, Gordon Central High School


Computer Maintenance Tech

  1. Dane Bush, Cass High School



  1. Kendy Manzano, Adairsville High School
  2. Alvaro Luna, North Murray High School


Electrical Construction Wiring

  1. Gabe Smith, Calhoun High School
  2. Andrew Whitfield, Cedartown High School



  1. Miriam Madrid, North Murray High School
  2. Leslie Bell, Cass High School


Extemporaneous Speaking

  1. Ashley Kissinger, Cherokee High School
  2. Raven Hogue, LaFayette High School


First Aid/CPR

  1. Laura-Ashley Tillery, Cedartown High School
  2. Ashley Campbell, Cherokee High School


Job Interview

  1. Jacob Engstrom, Gilmer High School
  2. McKinley Blassingame, Murray County High School


Job Skills Demonstration “A”

  1. Caitlyn Wynn, Northwest Georgia CCA
  2. Bryan Tapia, Floyd County CCA


Job Skills Demonstration Open

  1. Edith Loarca, Cherokee High School
  2. Nicholas Freelin, Calhoun High School



  1. Rodrigo Morales-Jiminez, Cedartown High School
  2. Jackson Tuck, Adairsville High School


Open & Closing Ceremonies

  1. Bartow County College & Career Academy – Cohen Andrews, Meosha Clopton, Madison Healy, Savannah Healy, Steven James, Felicia Miller, and Hannah Shinall.


Pin Design

  1. Hannah Raley, Heritage High School
  2. Emanual Arroyo, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School



  1. Hamilton Noggle, Adairsville High School
  2. J. Middleton, Chattooga High School


Prepared Speech

  1. Emanual Pineda, Dalton High School
  2. Ingrid Brindle, Heritage High School


Early Childhood Education

  1. Hunter Stillwell, Gilmer High School
  2. Kaylee Holtzclaw, Murray County High School


Quiz Bowl

  1. Heritage High School – Matthew Chen, Bryce Crichfield, Ryan Harris, Isaac Leal, and Henry Tollett.
  2. Dalton High School – Hanna Barry, Romina Mendoza, Elizabeth Ortega, and Mitul Patel.


Team Works Region

  1. Adairsville High School – Carter Arrington, Jason Burdette, William Kujaneck, John Reed, and Adam Thomas.
  2. Calhoun High School – Noah Ferguson, James O’Shields, Brett Potts, Shepherd Smith, and Jared Williamson.


Team Works State

(Top 10 statewide performance on region level of competition advance to state)

  1. Adairsville High School
  2. Calhoun High School
  3. Cass High School


Technical Drafting

  1. Christian Sawyer, Heritage High School
  2. Kaleob Flood, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School



  1. Chase Manning, Cedartown High School
  2. Chase Dotson, Chattooga High School


Welding Fabrication (Region Results)

  1. Murray County High School – Dakoda Bishop, Jordan Flood, Sean Keener, and Justin Lowery.
  2. Chattooga High School – Tufton Blanks, John Hunter, C.E. Massey, and Jay Williams.


Welding Fabrication (State Results)

Eighth Place in State: Murray County High School



SkillsUSA is a national organization for high school and college students who enroll in courses that teach them how to excel in technical, skilled, and service and health occupations.


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Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.