Guilford Technical Community College students earn 5 top-3 finishes in SkillsUSA national competition

Published on: July 9, 2024
Jaiden Fraser (left), diagnoses an appliance at the national SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, GA.
Jaiden Fraser (left), diagnoses an appliance at the national SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, GA.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. (July 9, 2024) – Guilford Technical Community College students recently claimed four silver medals and one bronze medal in the 60th National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, GA.

There were over 6,000 participants from across the United States and over 500 North Carolina participants from 45 high schools, 22 community colleges, and four middle schools. Participants from North Carolina placed fourth in the medal count with 40.

Placing second in the state in medal count, GTCC had a total of six students place in the top three in the national competition with 13 students finishing in the top 10.

"All of the GTCC students and advisors had a great time, and it was a wonderful experience for all," said Jeff Faircloth, department chair, transportation, and the SkillsUSA chapter advisor at GTCC. "All participants are very grateful for the opportunity to attend the national conference, after excelling at the state level competition and showing the nation what GTCC students are made of."

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-10 finishers in the SkillsUSA national competition.

Second-Place Finishers

  • Kaitlyn Acord, Dental Assisting
  • Rio Fadonougbo, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Logan Jenkins, EMT-team event
  • Savannah Langley, EMT-team event
  • Jaiden Fraser, Residential and Commercial Appliance Repair

Third-Place Finisher

  • Timothy Newton, Computer Programming

Fourth-Place Finisher

  • Michael Lin, Aviation

Sixth-Place Finishers

  • Shanza Ali, Health Knowledge Bowl-team event
  • Hini Asghar, Health Knowledge Bowl-team event
  • Megan Brewington, Health Knowledge Bowl-team event
  • Charde' Porter, Health Knowledge Bowl-team event

Seventh-Place Finisher

  • Jacob Wright, Automotive Service

Eighth-Place Finishers

  • Chloe Logan, Automotive Refinishing and Painting
  • Isaiah Burney, Cyber Security-team event
  • Avery Digby-New, Cyber Security-team event
  • Alison Pattman, Law Enforcement
  • Joseph Roderick, Extemporaneous Speaking

Ninth-Place Finisher

  • Andrew Donaldson, Related Technical Math
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