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
Second Place – Corbin Foster and Third Place – Jacob Sweatt
Information Systems Security:
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 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
First Place Team: Kayla Montalvo, Jason Mitchell and Rodney Funderburk (not pictured Chauntell Adeyeye)
Alex Wolfe, River Lackey (who won Fourth place in Internetworking Competition) and James Ralston.
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.
Digital Effects and Animation Students
Zoe Baccus and Corey Hommel who won 2nd place in 3D Visualization
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.