Forsyth Technical Community College Students Garner State Awards in the Skills USA Competition

Forty-four Forsyth Tech students won awards at the 54th Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 10 in Greensboro. These students will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-28th.

A total of 62 students from Forsyth Tech competed in 12 competitions. Fourteen Forsyth Tech students won gold medals in seven competitions, and in the 3D Visualization Competition, Forsyth Tech swept the category winning first through fifth place.

“Our students demonstrated their commitment to the competition through in-depth preparation and teamwork,” Amy Davis-Moore, program coordinator, Broadcasting and Production Technology said. “Their experience in this competition provides them much more than their presentations alone. It gives them increased self-assurance, teaches them poise and provides them skills that will carry over to their academic programs and beyond. We are extremely proud of their competence and success.”

This year’s state conference had a record number of participants with over 2,950 registered contestants competing in over 120 contests at this conference this year. Each year, contest begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, with only state winners advancing to the national competition.

“SkillsUSA provided the students with an opportunity to prove the skills that they have been mastering throughout their degree and/or certificate journey at Forsyth Tech,” Nancy Miller, instructor, Networking Technologies and Microsoft IT Academy. “It was truly amazing to watch them compete with confidence and know that they will have no problem integrating this achievement into the workplace.”

Here are the categories and Forsyth Tech students’ awards:


Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology:

Automotive Refinishing Technology Competition

First Place – Cliff Myers and Fifth Place – Luke Anderson

Collision Damage Appraisal Competition

First Place – Amy Lytle and Third Place – Robert Davis

Collision Repair Technology Competition

Second Place – James Hercules and Fifth Place – Trey Wilson


Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Diesel Competition

Second Place – Corbin Foster and Third Place – Jacob Sweatt


Information Systems Security:

Internetworking Competition

Fourth Place – Carol “River” Lackey


Broadcasting and Production Technology:

Broadcast News Production Competition

First Place Team – Jason Mitchell, Rodney Funderburk, Kayla Montalvo, Chauntelle Adeyeye


TV/Video Production Competition

First Place Team – Paul Carico and Scott Lyle


Audio/Radio Production Competition

First Place Team – Chance Grayley and Warren Brooker

Second Place Team – Joseph Tiller and Thomas Fleming

Fourth Place Team – Nick Black and Jordan Fallot


Welding Technology:

Welding Fabrication Competition

Fifth Place Team – Kaitlynn McDaniel, Ryan Boaz and Alex Doomy


Motorcycle Mechanics Technology:

Motorcycle Service Technology

Third Place – Dalton Nelson

Fourth Place – Cory King


Digital Effects and Animation Technology

3D Visualization Competition

First Place Team – Asa Gordon and Alondra Chavez

Second Place Team – Corey Hommel and Zoe Baccus

Third Place Team – Jada Carter and Iris Torrence

Fourth Place Team – Kyle Fricke and William Atkinson

Fifth Place Team – Daniel Hine and Christian Wilson


Interactive Application and Video Game Creation

First Place Team – Efrain Rivas and Brandon Truett

Second Place Team – Kyle Posadas and Allison Posadas

Fourth Place Team – Max Gearhart and Preston Nordhaus

Fifth Place Team – Jeffrey Hernandez and Lenworth Simms


These awards recognize Forsyth Tech students’ proficiency and demonstrate the college’s ability to produce graduates ready with the skills and education needed to succeed in the future.

“We congratulate these students and their instructors on their success, and for the concentrated effort behind the awards,” Janet N. Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech said. “Through the SkillsUSA Championships, as well as the many opportunities Forsyth Tech students have to participate in industry-related competitions, all students participating acquire experience and expertise that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

Some of the student teams pictured below:

Broadcast News Production Students

Broadcast News Production Students
First Place Team: Kayla Montalvo, Jason Mitchell and Rodney Funderburk (not pictured Chauntell Adeyeye)


Networking students

Networking students:
Alex Wolfe, River Lackey (who won Fourth place in Internetworking Competition) and James Ralston.


Collision Students

Collision Students
From Left: Amy Lytle – First place, Collision Damage Appraisal; Luke Anderson – Fifth place, Automotive Refinishing; Robert Davis – Third place, Collision Damage Appraisal; Phillip Hopkins Skills Advisor/Instructor; Cliff Myers – First place Automotive Refinishing, Casey Doub Skills Advisor / Instructor, James Hercules – Second place Collision Repair; Trey Wilson – Fifth place Collision Repair.


Zoe Baccus and Corey Hommel

Digital Effects and Animation Students
Zoe Baccus and Corey Hommel who won 2nd place in 3D Visualization


About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,365 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 400,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 13.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.