Friday, February 11, 2011

Skills Tested in Regional Vo-Tech Competition

Months of practice and preparation paid off for students at Sandy Creek High as they wowed judges at the annual 2011 Georgia SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon on February 4.

The students participated in 12 competitions and medaled in 10, bringing home six first place wins, three second, and one third. They competed in professions ranging from automotive refinishing technology, power equipment technology, and automotive service technology to preschool teaching assistant, graphic communications, extemporaneous speaking, advertising design, job skill demonstration, job interview, and graphic communications.

First and second place winners advance to the state competition March 17-19 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Winning state contestants go to the national contest June 19-25 in Kansas City, Mo.

Students receiving medals in the 2011 region 5 competition:

(First Place) Steven Banks, automotive refinishing technology; Rachel Barnes, preschool teaching assistant; Gavin Baswell, job skills demonstration open; Jason Fore, automotive service technology; Marissa Shenkle, extemporaneous speaking; and Chanelle Smith-Walker, advertising design.

(Second Place) Robbie Chontos, graphic communications; Addie Davis, job interview; and Alex Lynch, job skill demonstration A.

(Third Place) Chase Hearn, power equipment technology.

Additional competitors were Galwyn Hill, prepared speech; and the school’s SkillsUSA chapter quiz bowl team members Rachel Barber (team captain), Breah Carmichael, Kevaughn Charles, Andrew Kampras, Bria Forte, Alyssa Pointer, and Laura Llorens.

“Our chapter had great success at the competition. All of our students did a great job and I want to congratulate each one; I’m extremely proud,” says Jeff Dykes, the school’s graphic communications teacher and SkillsUSA advisor.

Addie Davis, chapter president and SkillsUSA state treasurer, pulled double duty at the competition. In addition to competing and securing a second place win in the job interview category, she also delivered the welcome to approximately 300 competitors and advisors and emceed the awards ceremony.

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