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Okefenokee Tech Students Take Top Honors at SkillsUSA State Championships

Okefenokee Technical College students earned medals in eleven different competition categories at the SkillsUSA State Championships held April 17-20, 2009, in Augusta, taking home four gold medals and fifteen medals overall.Skills USA May 2009 State Competition
The 2009 Georgia SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of Georgia's postsecondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
The SkillsUSA competition gives students the chance to compete against other students in Georgia’s technical colleges and to build skills in technical and academic fields while increasing their employability.

In addition to Okefenokee Tech's four gold medalists, OTC students also won five silver medals and two bronze medals. Winners include

  • Jamie Pearson and Brittany James: Bronze in Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Tina Brue: Gold in Job Interview
  • Carla Deal and Jill Smith: Silver in Community Service
  • Kayla Smith, Rebecca Waldron, and Ashley Sharpe: Gold in Health Occupational and Safety
  • Breezi Hill: Gold in Health occupational Professional Portfolio
  • Stacie Shoaf : Silver in Cosmetology
  • Samirrah Glasper: Bronze in Electronics
  • Ashley Tapley: Gold in CPR/First Aid
  • Chris Todd:   Silver in Collision Repair
  • Kayla Smith: Silver in Surgical Technology
  • Jason Carter: Silver in Extemporaneous Speaking

Also representing Okefenokee Tech were Miranda Rodriquez, Sky Long, Patty Smith, Monica Herrin in Health Knowledge Bowl Team; Kyle Melton in Automotive Technology; Keaton Roppe in Welding; Jesus Gonzales in Industrial Motor Control; Gary Mikel in Prepared Speech; Trevin Simmons in Job Demonstration A; and Sandy Albro-Coe in Job Demonstration Open.
               
The four gold medalists qualify to advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships to be held June 21-26 in Kansas City, Mo.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to develop a strong workforce for America.

 “It is always a privilege to watch the intensity and focus of each student as they compete against hundreds of other students throughout the Technical College System of Georgia,” said Sally Smith, OTC surgical technology program director. 

Smith and OTC respiratory care program director, Faye Mathis, both serve as SkillsUSA advisors of Okefenokee Tech’s chapter. “The instructors who prepare the students and the students who give up their time and energy to compete are all champions for technical education,” stated Mathis.  “They are all commended for their hard work and effort.”  
 
Other instructors traveling to the competition in Augusta included Ms. Debra Moody and Mr. Terry Simmons.

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