Gwinnett Tech Students Earn 35 Medals at State SkillsUSA Competition

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GWINNETT - Gwinnett Technical College students had an exceptional showing at SkillsUSA, Georgia’s Post Secondary State Leadership & Skills Conference hosted March 22-24, 2018 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Of the 59 Gwinnett Tech students who competed, 35 competition medals were earned; 15 gold, 14 silver and six bronze.

Joanna Key, Gwinnett Tech’s SkillsUSA Lead Advisor says, “Our students’ results at this competition continue to prove that their educational foundation is exceptional and that they can apply their learning in real-world situations.”

The Gwinnett Tech 2018 award winners were: 

Gold Medalists:

  • Michael Cuddy, Emilie Rush – Web Design
  • Jonathan Kirkland – Related Technical Math
  • Dieu Ngo – First Aid/CPR
  • Ben Nguyen – Medical Math
  • Angela Philpot – Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Ja'Lia Edwards, Spencer Duncan, Renee Harvey, Judith Crouch, Michelle Taylor – Quiz Bowl
  • Laura Gregg, Jared Salzinger, Matt Royal, Hannah Atkinson, Amber Hendrix – Health Knowledge Bowl

Silver Medalists:

  • Jorge Bartra – Related Technical Math
  • Laura Burelson – Job Interview
  • Tyler Butler – Prepared Speech
  • Arthur Davisson – HVAC
  • Jessica Norton – Commercial Baking
  • William Whatley – Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Zainab Alsuriafi, Lydia Ugbedah, Juan Badillo, Madison Thorp, Jenifer Fraser, Ashley Palomino, Jessica Durkharan, John Galosha – Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Bronze Medalists:

  • Robert Bondor – Related Technical Math
  • Gary Hughes – Welding Art Sculpture
  • Tracy Lincoln – Extemporaneous Speech
  • David Price – Photography
  • Jim Strom – Medical Terminology
  • Joseph Vu – Restaurant Services 

Special congratulations to Tyler Butler for being elected as a SkillsUSA State Officer. He is the third Gwinnett Tech student elected to one of the statewide leadership position. Butler’s position on the board will be determined at an upcoming officer retreat this summer.

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Technical College shares, “These results reflect an outstanding level of academic commitment and leadership. Gwinnett Tech students continue to prove again and again that they are some of the very best in Georgia. “

SkillsUSA contests begin locally and continue through state and national levels. State Gold Medalists now have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY June 25-29, 2018. The National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of post-secondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests. More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners participated in the weeklong national competition.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educations. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify “Champions at Work” in both skills and attitudes. 

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structure program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. Skills USA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service.

For more information, visit GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.