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 OTC Students Place at State & National SkillsUSA Competitions

Three Okefenokee Technical College students received national recognition for their knowledge and competence at the annual SkillsUSA competition this summer in Kansas City, Missouri. Kayla Smith (L to R), Angela Timoneri, and Kristi Gross took the national silver medal (2nd place) in Occupational Health and Safety Scrapbooking. All three students are in the surgical technology program. Sally Smith is the surgical tech instructor and served as competition mentor.

The 46th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students, was held June 20-25, 2010. The conference officially began with an inspirational keynote address by Mike Holmes, host and creator of Holmes on Homes, which airs on HGTV in the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany.

Quality career and technical education was the centerpiece of the conference. More than 14,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions attended the event. The highlighted event was the annual SkillsUSA Championships with 96 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations. Over 5,000 outstanding career and technical education students from each state joined in the excitement of competition designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.

Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are also judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

Working against the clock and each other, participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings using parliamentary procedure.

Okefenokee Tech SkillsUSA advisors Brent Clemmer and Debra Moody would like to thank Skills members who participated in competitions and all OTC instructors and staff who supported students. At a recent board meeting, OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton praised participants, advisors, and instructors for their hard work and recognized and congratulated students on their leadership skills and achievements.

In order to be invited to nationals, SkillsUSA competitors must take 1st place at the state conference. Georgia’s Skills leadership conference was held at Augusta Technical College April 16-18, 2010. Eight OTC Skills students competed at the conference: Lynn Booth, Jesus Gonzalez, Kristi Gross, Chantelle McNeal, Kayla Smith, Angela Timoneri, Chris Todd, and Michael Ward. Todd’s competition, automotive collision repair, was held in Atlanta at the Allen Vigil Ford dealership.

The following students placed at state: Kristi Gross, Kayla Smith, and Angela Timoneri placed first in Occupational Health and Safety Scrapbooking; Chris Todd placed third in automotive collision repair; and Michael Ward (radiology) placed third in Medical Math.

Photo 1

Photo 1:
Okefenokee Tech’s SkillsUSA organization participated in competitions at the state leadership conference in Augusta, Georgia, April 16-18, 2010. Eight members participated in the conference: Kristi Gross (front row, L to R), Kayla Smith, Michael Ward, Chantelle McNeal (back row, L to R) Jesus Gonzalez, Angela Timoneri, and Lynn Booth. Chris Todd, (not present) another OTC Skills member, was in Atlanta at the time of the photo. His competition took place at the Allen Vigil Ford dealership.

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Photo 2:
Angela Timoneri (L to R), Kayla Smith, and Kristi Gross took top honors (gold) in a team competition at the state SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Augusta and silver at the national conference in Kansas. All three students are in the surgical technology program at OTC. They are pictured here on the winner’s stand at the state awards ceremony in Augusta.

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Photo 3:
SkillsUSA advisors Brent Clemmer (left) and Debra Moody (right) enjoyed the moment with OTC Skills silver medalists Kayla Smith (L to R), Angela Timoneri, and Kristi Gross as they displayed  their medallions that read “SkillsUSA Champion.” The photo was taken in Kansas, Missouri, after the team won 2nd place in Occupational Health and Safety Scrapbooking.

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