Winner stands on medal stand alongside other medal winners.
Welding Gold – Georgia Northwestern – Jacob Hargrove (center)


(Atlanta, GA) – After making national headlines with their SkillsUSA team performances in the national competition the past two summers, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2017-18 team could be the most successful to date after a strong showing in Atlanta, Georgia this week.

After a very golden day on the medal stand at SkillsUSA Georgia for the Bobcat squad from GNTC, gold medals now hang around the necks of more than a dozen students for their competition performances this week. They will all qualify, as well as a handful of others who placed in other categories, for the 2018 SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky this summer. Final numbers on medal counts and the names of all of the national qualifiers from GNTC will be available and released Monday.

GNTC brought home gold in ten categories: Brandy LeVan, Prepared Speech; Chris Roberson, Sheet Metal; Jacob Hargrove, Welding; Tristin Bethune, Automotive Service Technology; Taylor Eagle, Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance; Brandon Battles, Industrial Motor Controls; Patricia Escutia, Medical Assisting; Stephen Bottoms, Nathan Rittweger, and Tucker Tumlin, Welding Fabrication Team; Marvin Pointer, Noah Ranels, Logan Thomas, and George Soto, TeamWorks; and Beck Maxwell, Jake Woodall, and Derek Walck, Engineering Technology/Design.

Bringing home silver medals for the Bobcats at SkillsUSA Georgia were Bo Dooley, Electrical Construction Wiring; Autumn Tomlinson, Cosmetology; Audrey Andrews, Barbering; and Josh Barlow, Medical Terminology.

Earning bronze medals for their third-place finishes at the state competition were Amanda Teeters, Pin Design; Melvin Mitchell, Job Demonstration; and Kimberly Kelly, Briska Bailey, Savannah Almond, and Ariel Crider, Health Knowledge Bowl.

GNTC’s SkillsUSA chapter also earned a Silver Chapter of Distinction within the Chapter of Excellence Program. SkillsUSA Georgia judges also awarded the Bobcat organization the title of “Quality Chapter.”

Four award winners stand on medal platform in front of blue backdrop.
2018 TeamWorks Gold Medalists from SkillsUSA Georgia this past week in Atlanta. Team members are Marvin Pointer, Noah Ranels, Logan Thomas, and George Soto.
Engineering Technical Design - Gold - Team Photo
Engineering Technical Design – Gold – Team Photo


Congratulations to all those who placed for Georgia Northwestern Technical College in the SkillsUSA Georgia Competition this week.