Forsyth Tech Students Collect Honors In Regional, National, International Competitions

This spring, Forsyth Tech students competed—and came out on top—in several  regional, national and international industry-related competitions, a testament to the quality of training and education they are receiving at the college.

“Throughout the year, our students enter industry-related competitions to help them apply the skills they’re learning in the classroom,” says Conley Winebarger, Vice President of Instructional Services. “We are gratified when our students demonstrate an ability to compete effectively against students in other two- and four-year schools, because it speaks to the caliber of our students and the excellent education our faculty provides.”

Below are photos with short descriptions that highlight the awards Forsyth Tech students have earned in the past few weeks.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition: A Winner in Denmark


Christopher Reyes (above center), a Forsyth Tech student, has spent the past year studying business at Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness) in Denmark. This spring he and four fellow classmates participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition. The team was required to develop a new app and present a business plan to potential investors showing how the app could make money. Chris and his team created a traveling/gaming app that allows tourists to explore cities or countries through a variety of quests that take them to local attractions, businesses and so on. Christopher and his team won the competition at Copenhagen Business Academy, which qualified them for the national competition, facing teams from across Denmark. Chris and his team won that competition as well. For winning the college and national competitions, Chris’ team received Microsoft merchandise and recommendations from Microsoft executives.

SkillsUSA North Carolina: On to Nationals


Ten Forsyth Tech students took first place in their respective team and individual competitions at SkillsUSA North Carolina and will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June. Above are Brittany Clark (right) and Jeremy Hayes (left) who took first place in the 3-D Visualization team category. Both are students in Forsyth Tech’s Digital Effects & Animation program. The other Forsyth Tech students who will participate in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City include:

Team Competition

  • Automotive Skill Showcase: Maurcio Acosta, Turner Baity, Patrick Oshilds
  • TV/Video Production: Randall Maynard and Justin Dorsey
  • Audio/Video Production: Monica Cooper and Sean Killebrew

Individual Competition

  • Screen Printing (Graphic Arts): RaShaun Edwards

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry that work together to support the development of a skilled American work force in part by sponsoring industry-designed competitions at the state and national levels.

National Bienenstock Scholarship Runner-Up


Alston Willcox (above), a Forsyth Tech Architectural Technologies student, placed second in over 90 entries nationwide in the Interior Design portion of the annual National Bienenstock Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. This year’s challenge involved designing a summer camp, recreational building for disabled and well-bodied children. This building also needed to incorporate a two bedroom apartment and office space for the acting director. The project location was set in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Submissions needed to address architectural space planning and design as well as furniture, fixture and equipment selections, including all specifications and schedules. This competition is open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college program of furniture design or interior design. The library—a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration—holds the world’s largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture.

Top Tech Challenge: First Place in State


Mark Cobb (right), a student in the Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program at Forsyth Tech, took first place in the student competition of the inaugural North Carolina Technology and Maintenance Council Top Tech Challenge. The Challenge was held at Forsyth Tech’s Transportation Technology Center on Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. Mark earned top place by successfully completing several tasks, including reassembling a disassembled transmission.

Natural Talent Design: Forsyth Tech Takes Top Two Places—Again


At the annual 2014 Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by US Green Building Council  of North Carolina in Raleigh, Forsyth Tech teams placed first and second at the state level for the second year in a row. The project, located in Charlotte, required the teams to design a new, 100,000sq. ft. train station, including a large urban planning component that impacted several city blocks.

Shown above are the members of the first-place team, Team Aspect, who earned a stipend to attend the National Green Build Conference in New Orleans this October (from left to right): Jessica Ballard (interior design student), Allison Carithers (interior design student), Alston Willcox (architecture student), Nathalee Carey (interior design student), and Rosemary Deal (interior design student).


Above is Forsyth Tech’s second place Natural Talent Design team, Team Concentric (left to right): Kelsey Fry (architecture  student), Taylor Hensley (interior design student), Cari Brown (interior design student), Veronica Nielsen (interior design student), and Andy Freeman (architecture student).

Forsyth Tech Student Receives 3M Hire Our Heroes Grant


Eddie Shires, a student in Forsyth Tech’s Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program,  was one of the winners of the 2014 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Tool Grant, which entitled him to receive $2,500 in tools. He hopes to use the grant to achieve his dream of owning his own collision repair business one day. The 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign helps support rehabilitation and training and drive employment in the collision and repair industry for America’s returning veterans and their families.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech ( provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.