Forsyth Technical Community College Students Garner National SkillsUSA Awards

Fourteen students from Forsyth Tech won awards, including one gold and three silver medals, during the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28, 2019. This was the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. Since the SkillsUSA state competition in Greensboro in April, students have prepared diligently for the national competition and their efforts paid off.

“The Forsyth Tech students who participate each year at SkillsUSA national competition not only demonstrate the highest level of competency in their skill area, but they also exhibit great confidence and perseverance during an intense week of competition,” said Amy Davis-Moore, program coordinator, Broadcasting and Production Technology. “As instructors and advisors, we are extremely proud of their dedication and success.”

Students who placed during SkillsUSA:

  • Broadcast News Team – Chauntelle Adeyee, Rodney Funderburk, Kayla Montalvo and Joseph Tiller – (placed 4th in the Nation)
  • TV/Video Production Team – Paul Carico and Scott Lyle – Silver medal
  • Audio/Radio Production Team – Warren Booker and Chance Graley – Gold medal
  • Collision damage appraisal – Amy Lytle – (placed 4th in the nation)
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology – Cliff Myers – (placed 10th in the nation)
  • 3D Visualization and Animation Team – Asa Gordon and Alondra Chavez – Silver medal
  • Interactive Application and Game Design Team – Efrain Rivas and Brandon Truett – Silver  medal

The SkillsUSA National Conference is one of a number of different industry-related competitions in which Forsyth Tech students can participate. This event serves as an annual showcase for the best SkillsUSA students across the nation who are interested in pursuing careers in trade, technical and skill service occupations.

Each year, contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, with only state winners advancing to the national competition. At this year’s National Conference in Louisville, more than 6,000 state contest winners competed in 100 categories, working against the clock and contestants from other schools to demonstrate their expertise.

“The success of Forsyth Tech students at the national level in broadcasting and production technology, digital effects and animation as well as collision repair and refinishing technology attests to the excellence of college programs in technology-rich career fields,” Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs said.

Winners of the SkillsUSA competition.
Forsyth Tech students and faculty celebrated their winning streak at SkillsUSA.
First row, left to right: Brandon Truett and Efrain Rivas Second row, left to right: Amy Davis-Moore (program coordinator, Broadcasting and Production Technology), Asa Gordon and Alondra Chavez Third row: Chauntelle Adeyee Fourth row, left to right: Cliff Myers, Casey Doub (faculty) and Joseph Tiller Fifth row, left to right: Amy Lytle, John Carstens (dean, Engineering Technologies) and Chance Graley Sixth row, left to right: Scott Lyle and Warren Booker Seventh row: Paul Carico, Robert Smith (faculty) and Rodney Funderburk Not pictured is Matt Matilainen (faculty).