Guilford Technical Community College team earns 10 top-10 finishes in SkillsUSA national competition

Published on: July 14, 2022
GTCC student Lauren Lewis evaluates a car for the collision damage appraisal category.
GTCC student Lauren Lewis evaluates a car for the collision damage appraisal category.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. (July 12, 2022) – Competitors from Guilford Technical Community College claimed a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in the recent National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta.

Ten GTCC students placed in the top-10 finishers in competitive categories during the national competition.

Darla Smith and Jennifer Montalvo combined for first place in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) team event. Rose Chafee finished second in the first aid/CPR competition and Jesus Gonzalez-Pineda earned a second-place finish in the residential and commercial appliance technology.

Kara Camp captured a bronze medal for GTCC, finishing third in dental assisting.

"The National SkillsUSA Conference in Atlanta was all we hoped it would be and more," said Jeff Faircloth, department chair, transportation, and the SkillsUSA chapter advisor at GTCC. "With the majority of students finishing in the top 10 and four medals in competitions, once again the students and faculty of GTCC have shown they can compete with the best of the best."

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.

Following is a list of GTCC’s top finishers in the SkillsUSA national competition.

First-Place Finishers

  • Darla Smith, EMT
  • Jennifer Montalvo, EMT

Second-Place Finishers

  • Rose Chafee, first aid/CPR
  • Jesus Gonzalez-Pineda, major appliance repair

Third-Place Finisher

  • Karen Camp, dental assisting

Fifth-Place Finisher

  • Lauren Lewis, collision damage appraisal

Sixth-Place Finishers

  • Xavier Hill, criminal justice
  • Garrett Chauncee, culinary arts

Seventh-Place Finisher

  • Madison Gore, restaurant services

Ninth-Place Finisher

  • Mary Medlin, HVACR

10th-Place Finisher

  • Elizabeth Silva-Colon, commercial baking


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