Forsyth Tech Students Earned 23 medals at the Skills USA NC Leadership and Skills Competition

Students from Skills USA win awards

32 Forsyth Tech Students competed in 10 different skilled competitions at the Skills USA NC Leadership and Skills Competition on Thursday, April 28. Forsyth Tech students won 23 medals: 15 first-place medals, 4 second-place, 2 third-place, 1 fourth-place and 1 fifth-place.

All first-place winners will represent Forsyth Tech at the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference during the last week in June. Forsyth Tech students will compete against other post-secondary students from across the 50 states and the U.S. Territories.

Below are the Forsyth Tech students that placed at the competition:

3D Visualization & Animation
1st place Travis Campbell & Kyle Posadas
2nd place TJ Thacker & Leopolda Amadia
3rd place Bella Adams & Quantavious Jackson

Audio/Radio Production
1st place Alexis Flinchum & David Lytle

Broadcast News Production
1st place Asante Benton Bailey, Jaleel Franks, & David Vargas

Computer Programming
1st place Zachary Fuqua

Diesel Equipment Technology
1st place SJ Boysen
4th place Mario Kjuka
5th place Cole Plaster

Motorcycle Service Technology
1st place Alex Williams
2nd place Luke Dulin

Television (Video) Production
1st Michael Rinaldi & Zack Glass

Welding Fabrication
1st Place Zach Karnes, Thomas Marley & Samuel Person

The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships, held in Greensboro, NC, took place April 27-29, 2022 at the Greensboro Coliseum and Koury Convention Center. The conference was the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina with more than 1,500 outstanding career and technical education students competing in over 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.  These contests span more than 95 trade areas from construction, automotive, and welding to drafting, public safety, culinary, cosmetology, and more!

Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their chosen occupations. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and technical experts and test competencies that are set by the industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings with parliamentary procedure. Over 100 industry partners help support the competitive events and include well-known names like Builders Mutual, Lowe’s, 84 Lumber, ASE and many more.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships are for middle school, high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or V.I.C.A.) is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing students with the opportunities to gain personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics.  SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 350,000 students and instructors as members at the national level.

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Welding students win Skills USA awards