Gwinnett Tech Students Earn 22 Medals at State SkillsUSA Competition

Gwinnett Tech students had an exceptional showing at SkillsUSA, Georgia’s Post Secondary State Leadership & Skills Conference hosted March 23-27, 2017 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Of the 65 Gwinnett Tech students who competed, 39 placed. A total of 22 competition medals were earned; 11 gold, 9 silver and 2 bronze. Five were in team categories.

  • Gail Edwards, Gwinnett Tech’s Skills USA Lead Advisor, says, “This year we had more students compete than ever before and they all did an outstanding job. Our students’ results at this competition continue to prove that their educational foundation is exceptional and that they can apply their learning in real-world situations.”

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Technical College shares, “These results reflect an outstanding level of academic commitment and leadership. We are so proud of our students’ achievements. Gwinnett Tech students continue to prove again and again that they are some of the very best in Georgia.“

The Gwinnett Tech 2017 award winners were:

Gold Medalists:

  • Tyler Butler – Extemporaneous Speech
  • Trevell Pittman – Prepared Speech
  • Ben Nguyen – First Aid/CPR
  • Diamond Allen, Mayanah Abdul, Cody Cagle – Career Pathways/Healthcare
  • Melissa Kahn – Culinary Arts
  • Heather McBroom – Job Interview
  • Jonathan Kirkland – Medical Math
  • James Johnson – Photography
  • Heidy Sosa - Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Caroline Davis, Alison Fanning, Kokou Koudri, Oluwatomisin Osunkoya, Jared Salzinger, Ja’Lia Edwards – Quiz Bowl
  • Michael Cuddy, Glenda Macawile – Web Design

Silver Medalists:

  • Brittany Johnson – Early Childhood Education
  • Kelaiah Cross, Shauna Riley, Khadija Vanscoy, Dawn Curry – Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Bryan Granzella, Jessica Durkharan, Florence Williams, Roy (RJ) Dunkley, Tin Zhao, Dana Noroly, Dwight Lewis – Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Min Chih Lin – Automotive Services
  • Robert Goodson – Information Technology Systems
  • Kip Ramsey – Photography
  • Patrick Pierce –Technical Computer Applications
  • Brandon Danch-Powell – Technical Drafting
  • Huy Joseph Vu – Restaurant Services

Bronze Medalists:

  • Hannah Lutrey – Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Zachary Reed – Technical Computer Applications

Special congratulations go out to Hannah Lutrey who was the first female to compete and medal in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition and to Trevell Pittman for being elected as a SkillsUSA State Officer. He is the second Gwinnett Tech student elected to one of the statewide leadership position. Trevell’s position on the board will be determined at an upcoming officer retreat this summer.

Kudos are also in order for the following Gwinnett Tech faculty members who served as SkillsUSA advisors and staff members who supported the students’ efforts: Garfield Anderson, Chantelle Bailey, Albena Asenova-Belal, Tonya Beck, Steven Benton, Bray Bonner, Dennis Bowers, Lorri Chin- Shue, Lorenzo Clark, Kerri Crean, John Dixon, Gail Edwards, Alex Elman, Irish Horsey, Elizabeth Huber, Jane Day Hyche, Steve Jessup, Saphronia Johnson, Joanna Key, John Leonguerrero, Margaret Long, Rachel Mariano, Lloyd McArthur, Jan McClendon, Sonya McDaniel, Andrew Miller, Kathy Nesbit, Judith Pishnery, Pamela Spann, Johnny Stallings, Jahson Tafari, Ruby Tafari,John Thacher, Kathleen Torrance, Penny Waddell, Marc Whittaker, Terra Womack and Dragana Zulfic.

SkillsUSA contests begin locally and continue through state and national levels. State Gold Medalists now have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY June 19-23, 2016. The National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of post-secondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests. More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners participated in the weeklong national competition.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educations. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify “Champions at Work” in both skills and attitudes.

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structure program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. Skills USA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service.

Participation in SkillsUSA compeitions is just another way Gwinnett Tech works to provide an exceptional career-focused education for their students and prepare them real-world jobs.

For more information, visit GwinnettTech.eduor call 770-962-7580.