GTCC Students Earn Top Honors at SkillsUSA State Conference

Published on: April 16, 2019
GTCC was a top contender at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference with 95 students competing in several areas.

JAMESTOWN, N.C.— Students representing Guilford Technical Community College recently competed at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference held April 9 -11 in Greensboro. Twelve GTCC students earned first place (gold) and have the opportunity to represent North Carolina in the national SkillsUSA competition June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The largest showcase of career and technical education in the state, SkillsUSA took place at the Greensboro Coliseum, Joseph S. Koury Convention Center and GTCC’s Jamestown and Greensboro campuses. GTCC was a top contender with 95 students competing in 30 skilled trade areas including automotive refinishing technology, aviation, CNC milling, culinary arts, cosmetology, computer programming and emergency management.

“These contests are a way for students to showcase their talents and prove themselves marketable in the workplace,” shared Jeff Faircloth, GTCC’s SkillsUSA chapter advisor and program director for the automotive and diesel program.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Through its local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

Forty-two GTCC students placed in the top five during the state competitions:

First Place

  • Melissa Shorey, Advertising Design
  • Frank Dumas, Aviation
  • Grace Tomberlin, Barbering
  • Johnathan Burgess, Computer Programming
  • Najah Samarameh, Criminal Justice
  • Emily Wilson, EMT
  • Steven Sneed, First Aid/CPR
  • Katie Delappe, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Jessica Webster, Nail Technician
  • Naja Hines, Restaurant Service
  • Bryan Mack, Web Design
  • Jenny Pizzino, Web Design

Second Place

  • Tay McLaughlin-Scott, Barbering
  • Joshua Pugh, CNC Machining
  • Ryan Marsh, Collison Damage Appraisal
  • Isaiah Edwards, Computer Programming
  • Brittany Thornton, Cosmetology Beginner Skills
  • Mathew Joyce, Criminal Justice
  • William Jones, Culinary Arts
  • Elvira Krdzalic, EMT
  • Rachel Cessna, First Aid/CPR
  • Michael Bullard, HVACR

Third Place

  • Noelle Ribot, Advertising Design
  • Adrienne Mattson-Perdue, Carpentry
  • Lukas Gartman, Computer Programming
  • Connor Barr, EMT

Fourth Place

  • Bedilu Wom, Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Michael Boggan, Barbering
  • Corey Pate, CNC Technician
  • Ziad Benkerrou, CNC Machining
  • Mayra Aamir, Cosmetology Beginner Skills
  • Courtney Powley, Dental Assisting
  • Randy Perez, Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Hailey Bryant, EMT
  • Seth Parker, HVACR

Fifth Place

  • Charmaine Brown, Carpentry
  • Johnathan King, CNC Technician
  • Patrick Love, Computer Programming
  • Natasha Bullins, EMT
  • Faith Lee, Hair Coloring
  • Tim Brinkley, HVACR
  • Sam Mize, Welding Sculpture
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