10 Students Awarded SkillsUSA Gold Medals
Brent Roberts, 2013 graduate of the welding program at TTC-Elizabethton, received a gold medal in welding in SkillsUSA state competition held in Chattanooga April 22-24, 2013. Roberts, a graduate of Happy Valley High School, is currently employed by Jacobs Field Services at Eastman Chemical Co. He became the third student from TTC-Elizabethton to receive a gold medal in welding in SkillsUSA state competition the past three years. All total, 18 students from TTC-Elizabethton were medalists in 2013 SkillsUSA state competition.
In addition to Roberts, other gold medalists from TTC-Elizabethton were Traci Ayers, Cassie Morris, and Linda Pearce-Swain of Carter County; Crystal Allen, Crystal Culhane and Julie Vallejo of Washington County; Misty Chandler and Raquel Webb of Yancey County, N.C.; and Tammy Jones of Avery County, N.C.
Silver medalists were Courtney Haynes Street of Carter County; Amber Cunningham and Samuel Shell of Washington County; Madelaine Redman and Carla Wright of Sullivan County; and Tyler Lynch of Unicoi County.
Bronze medalists were Jessica Presnell of Johnson County and Jeffrey Ricker of Unicoi County.
Other students from TTC-Elizabethton who competed in SkillsUSA state competition were Matthew Birchfield, Sarah Duffy, Chris Sharp and Tyler Hankes of Carter County; Autumn Bentley and Wesley Stelley of Sullivan County; Shaunda Yeary and Sonja Taylor of Washington County; and Della Greer and Gail Stewart of Johnson County.
Gold medalists in SkillsUSA state competition advanced to SkillsUSA national competition held in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-28, 2013. In April 2012, TTC-Elizabethton students received eight gold medals in SkillsUSA state competition and seven gold medals at SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June 2012.
More than 4,600 winners of SkillsUSA state competition events from across the United States compete in 80 occupational and leadership skills areas. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions for students preparing for careers in health, trade, technical and skilled service occupations in high school, technology centers and colleges. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.
John Lee, diesel instructor, and Charles Snodgrass, recruiter, are coordinators of SkillsUSA for TTC-Elizabethton.