Georgia Northwestern Hosted SkillsUSA Region 1 Competition

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted the SkillsUSA Region 1 Competition on Friday, February 7. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and technical colleges.

Students competed in areas including Advertising Design, Architectural Drafting, Automotive Refinishing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Broadcast News Production, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Computer Maintenance Technology, Cosmetology, Digital Cinema Production, Electrical Construction Wiring, Esthetics, Extemporaneous Speaking, First AID/CPR, Job Interviews, Job Skill Demonstration A, Job Skill Demonstration Open, Masonry, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Pin Design, Plumbing, Power Equipment Technology, Precision Machining Technology, Prepared Speech, Preschool Teaching Assistant, Quiz Bowl, T-Shirt Design, Team Works, Technical Drafting, Television (Video) Production, Welding, and Welding Fabrication.

Each area of the competition was judged on a unique set of criteria specific to the topic. The panel of judges consisted of instructors and staff members from the Floyd County College and Career Academy, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, other regional High Schools and colleges, as well as local business and industry partners.

 “The students are really showcasing their leadership skills as well as their technical skills in this competition,” said Chesley Chambers, coordinator for the SkillsUSA Region 1 competition and metals instructor at the Floyd County College and Career Academy. Winners of the Region 1 competition will go on to compete at the state level.

 With more than 285,000 members annually, SkillsUSA is organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

Below are the SkillsUSA Region 1 Championship Winners:

Advertising Design
1. Michael Tidwell - Woodland HS
2. Dania Posada - Dalton HS
3. Ana Barragan-Olalde - Calhoun HS

Architectural Drafting (Prizes were donated by TriMech $200 value)
 1. Tyler Gates - Heritage HS
2. Devil Fox - Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS
3. Zachary VanDine - Sequoyah HS

Automotive Refinishing Technology
1. Chad Townsend - Gordon Central HS

Automotive Service Technology
1. Jason Ware - Gilmer HS
2. Kyler Walker - Rockmart HS
3. Brandon Rodriguez - Northwest GA CCA

Broadcast News Production
1. Sara Carter, Morgan Crow, Charlie Morgan, Erin Walden - Heritage HS

Cabinet Making
1. Cason Bedford - Cedartown HS
2. Brandon Pope - Chattooga HS

Carpentry – (1st place prize donated by Home Depot $25)
1. Casey McCrory - Adairsville HS
2. Tyler Swindall - Cedartown HS
3. Johnny Smith - Chattooga HS

Computer Maintenance Technology

1. Chance Smith – FCS College and Career Academy


1. Maddie Baker - Adairsville HS

2. Kelsey Brock - Northwest GA CCA

3. Macie Padgett - Cass HS

Digital Cinema Production

1. Paula Bost and Darian DesVigines - Etowah HS

Electrical Construction Wiring - Prizes were donated by Klein Tools – Tool Kit and Klein Certificate of Achievement ($200 value)

1. Griffin Whitfield - Cedartown HS

2. Logan Tolbert - Adairsville HS

3. Colton Carrol - Gordon Central HS


1. Taylor Holcomb - Cass HS

Extemporanous Speaking

1. Brooke McArther - Cherokee HS

2. Karli Austin - LaFayette HS

3. Caitlin Coleman - Gilmer HS


1. Courtney Bell - LaFayette HS

2. Joshua Sosebee – Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS

3. Brooke Putnam - Cherokee HS

Job Interview

1. Jodi Bramlett - Gilmer HS

2. Tiffanie Reyna - Heritage HS

3. Stephanie Edwards - Murray County HS

Job Skills Demonstration A

1. Jacob Engstrom - Gilmer HS

2. Hannah Williamson - Cherokee HS

3. Bryce Walker - Calhoun HS

Job Skills Demonstration Open

1. Wade Hodges - Cherokee HS

Masonry (Prizes were donated by Home Depot)

1. Mason Gore - Cedartown HS

2. Kyle Flanagan - Gordon Central HS

3. Brandon Shuping - Adairsville HS

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

1. Canaan Andrews, Lucy Hornback, Emily Johnson, Ashley Lipinski, Rylee Romero, Taylor Rivera, and Nikki Watts - Cass HS

Pin Design

1. Noel Hernandez - Calhoun HS

2. Keshia Powell - Woodland HS

3. Janna Greene- Dalton HS

Plumbing (1st place prizes donated by Home Depot $25)

1. Tristan Walker - Cedartown HS

2. Adam Thomas - Adairsville HS

3. TJ Middleton - Chattooga HS

Power Equipment Technology

1. Ben Weatherby - Cherokee HS

2. Tyler Corn - Gilmer HS

Precision Machining Technology

1. Logan Mobbs - Cedartown HS

2. Ethan Wright - Murray County HS

Prepared Speech

1. Kennedi Sutton - Gilmer HS

2. Jessica Darnell - Northwest Whitfield HS

3. Alysa Croushan - Cherokee HS

Preschool Teaching Assistant

1. Taylor Powell - Gilmer HS

Quiz Bowl

1. Heritage HS

2. Dalton HS

3. Murray County HS

T-Shirt Design

1. Kelsi Grant - Calhoun HS

2. Hanna Prikazchikov - Cherokee HS

Team Works (Top 10 statewide advance to state)

1. Adairsville HS

2. Cass HS

3. Cedartown HS

Technical Drafting (Prize was donated by TriMech ($200 value)

1. Wesley Summers - Etowah HS

2. Taylor Rapp - Heritage HS

3. Cassidy Rogers - Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS

 Television (Video) Production

1. Ryan Harris, James Stevens - Etowah HS

2. Jason Meza, Jackie Fraire - Dalton HS


1. Trystan Ferrell - Cedartown HS

2. Cole Moore - Chattooga HS

3. Matt Beard - FCS College and Career Academy

Welding Fabrication (First place advance to state)

1. Cedartown HS

2. Cass HS

3. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS

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