(Northwest Georgia) – Congratulations to our 26 students competing in 17 different competitions this week in Atlanta, Georgia as they represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College in the 2016 Skillls-USA State Competition March 17-19.
The competitors from GNTC are:
Barry Arrington, Jr Teamworks Gordon Campus
Evan Brackett Teamworks Gordon Campus
Charles Burns Teamworks Gordon Campus
Bo Dooley Teamworks Gordon Campus
Tanner Boyd Alternate/Teamworks Gordon Campus
Branton Bailey Cabinetmaking Gordon Campus
Tyler Daubert Welding Fabrication Floyd Campus
Jeremy Duvall Welding Fabrication Floyd Campus
Ryan Fincher Welding Fabrication Floyd Campus
Alexander Tracy Alternate/Welding Fabrication Floyd Campus
Dusty Powell Industrial Motor Control Floyd Campus
Jacob Prater Electrical Construction Wiring Floyd Campus
Michael Aragon Electronics Technology Walker Campus
Cary Carter Technical Computer Application Walker Campus
Randy Poteet Technical Computer Application Walker Campus
Ashley Clark Chapter Display Walker Campus
Tanya Pearson Chapter Display Walker Campus
Melisa Fejardo Customer Service Walker Campus
Jade Green Cosmetology Walker Campus
Brandy LeVan Promotional Bulletin Board Walker Campus
Luis Lee-Martinez Automotive Service Technology Walker Campus
Andrew Copeland Welding Walker Campus
Stone Dowling Information Technology Systems Walker Campus
Cougar Roberts Prepared Speech Walker Campus
Joshua Faires Job Demonstration A Walker Campus
Thomas Mayweather HVAC and Refrigeration Walker Campus
Winners Qualify For State Skills-Based Competition
(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.
1. Azlin Cleveland, Calhoun High School
Georgia Bronson, Dalton High School
Timothy Hodge, Heritage High School
Chase Morgan, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
Automotive Refinishing Technology
Caleb Pledger, Chattooga High School
Automotive Service Technology
Chase Hasty, Northwest Georgia CCA
David Crothers, Cherokee High School
Broadcast News Production
Gilmer High School – Karigan Abercrombie, Matthew Fowler, Echo Stover, and Amanda Wheat.
North Murray High School – Levi Anderson, Samantha Brown, Christopher Lawson, and Josh North.
Josh Puckett, Cedartown High School
Beck Fletcher, Calhoun High School
Logan Fincher, Cedartown High School
Jarrod Rollins, Adairsville High School
Collision Repair Technology
Dalton Yarbrough, Rockmart High School
Gabe Soto, Gordon Central High School
Computer Maintenance Tech
Dane Bush, Cass High School
Kendy Manzano, Adairsville High School
Alvaro Luna, North Murray High School
Electrical Construction Wiring
Gabe Smith, Calhoun High School
Andrew Whitfield, Cedartown High School
Miriam Madrid, North Murray High School
Leslie Bell, Cass High School
Ashley Kissinger, Cherokee High School
Raven Hogue, LaFayette High School
Laura-Ashley Tillery, Cedartown High School
Ashley Campbell, Cherokee High School
Jacob Engstrom, Gilmer High School
McKinley Blassingame, Murray County High School
Job Skills Demonstration “A”
Caitlyn Wynn, Northwest Georgia CCA
Bryan Tapia, Floyd County CCA
Job Skills Demonstration Open
Edith Loarca, Cherokee High School
Nicholas Freelin, Calhoun High School
Rodrigo Morales-Jiminez, Cedartown High School
Jackson Tuck, Adairsville High School
Open & Closing Ceremonies
Bartow County College & Career Academy – Cohen Andrews, Meosha Clopton, Madison Healy, Savannah Healy, Steven James, Felicia Miller, and Hannah Shinall.
Hannah Raley, Heritage High School
Emanual Arroyo, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
Hamilton Noggle, Adairsville High School
J. Middleton, Chattooga High School
Emanual Pineda, Dalton High School
Ingrid Brindle, Heritage High School
Early Childhood Education
Hunter Stillwell, Gilmer High School
Kaylee Holtzclaw, Murray County High School
Heritage High School – Matthew Chen, Bryce Crichfield, Ryan Harris, Isaac Leal, and Henry Tollett.
Dalton High School – Hanna Barry, Romina Mendoza, Elizabeth Ortega, and Mitul Patel.
Team Works Region
Adairsville High School – Carter Arrington, Jason Burdette, William Kujaneck, John Reed, and Adam Thomas.
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)
Adairsville High School
Calhoun High School
Cass High School
Christian Sawyer, Heritage High School
Kaleob Flood, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
Chase Manning, Cedartown High School
Chase Dotson, Chattooga High School
Welding Fabrication (Region Results)
Murray County High School – Dakoda Bishop, Jordan Flood, Sean Keener, and Justin Lowery.
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.
For information about Georgia Northwestern Technical College online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
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.