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SkillsUSA Winners Advance to Nationals in Kansas City, Mo.

Twelve Catawba Valley Community College students won state championships in the recent SkillsUSA State Conference held in Greensboro.

All 12 first place winners, plus two other second place finishers, will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

The CVCC contingent swept all top five spots in the First Aid/CPR and Customer Service competitions. They also won the top three spots in Entrepreneurship, Job Interviewing and Photography.

A total of 99 students attending CVCC or high schools (secondary schools) where CVCC classes are taught competed.

SkillsUSA is an opportunity for high-performance students enrolled in career and technical programs to match skills against their peers in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Randy Caudill, Industrial Technologies Department Head and SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor, received the state Post-secondary Advisor of the Year Award. He has expanded CVCC’s participation from approximately 10 students three years ago to 99 students this year.  

The CVCC SkillsUSA team, which also included students enrolled at the college through Career & College Promise and Challenger Early College High School, was the largest ever.  Winning students and teams in the North Carolina SkillsUSA competition include:

Advertising Design (secondary)
5th-Rebecca Avery, Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School

Automotive Services Technology
1st-Anthony Wilson, advances to the national competition in Kansas City
2nd-Joshua Brumley

CNC Milling
2nd-Alivesmon Yang

CNC Turning (secondary)
2nd-Joseph Houston, Career & College Promise-CVCC/Bunker Hill High School
Joseph will represent the state in CNC Milling (secondary division) at the national competition in Kansas City.

1st-Brianne Greene, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
3rd-Fatima Winkler

Cosmetology (secondary)
1st-Daneisha Reinhardt, Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School, advances to nationals.
2nd-Lillana Martinez, Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School

Customer Service
1st-Jennifer Eversole, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Tanisha England
3rd-Jehanzaib Ahmed
4th-Leslie Romero
5th-Fabiola Snachez

Customer Service (secondary)
2nd-Mayra Parra-Sains, Career & College Promise-CVCC/Challenger High School

1st-Carolyn Elmore, Sabrina Brooks, John Lineberger and Michael Lewis, advance to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Will Dagenhart, Kyle Thacher, Terry Carr and Angela Berasa
3rd-Terina Bolick, Paul Fuselier and Mark Pope

Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd-Richard Slate

Extemporaneous Speaking (secondary)
2nd-Thomas Beasley, CVCC/Challenger Early College High School

Fantasy Hair and Makeup
3rd-Becky Everly and model Kim Wilson
5th-Abby Brown and model Candace Dover

Fantasy Hair and Makeup (secondary)
 2nd-Mercedes Anaya and model Laura Lara, Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School

First aid/CPR
1st-Andrew Lydick, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Chessia Jolly
3rd-Stacey McDaniels
4th-Aira Beard
5th-Jacob Herman

Hair Color
2nd-Chessia Jolly

Hair Color (secondary)
4th-Heidi Aguilar, Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School

Job Interviewing
1st-Linda Lambert, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Jesse Harrington
3rd-Keisha Ramseur

Job Interviewing (secondary)
3rd-William Brown, CVCC/Challenger Early College High School

Quiz Bowl (secondary)
4th- Challenger Early College High School 9th grade team:
Megan Turnbull
Pang Yang
Kimberly Nelson
Seth Hoyle
Blake Shook

1st-Ashley Potter, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Sherrie Wells
3rd-Pactricia Graybeal

Prepared Speech
1st-Joe Johnson, advances to the national competition in Kansas City.
2nd-Andrew Harren

Prepared Speech (secondary)
2nd-Tim Sonnek, CVCC/Challenger Early College High School

Precision Machining Technology (secondary)
4th-Trevor Wilson, Career and College Promise/CVCC/Maiden High School

3rd-Jessy Box
4th-Brian Morgan
5th-Trevor Phillips

Welding (secondary)
2nd-Zackary Guszkowski, Career & College Promise-CVCC/Bandys High School, will represent the state at nationals in Kansas City in the Welding Art/Sculpture category.

Jessica Johnson will compete at the national level in the Esthetics category with model Hailey Huffman.

Gary Muller, Nicole Whitehead, Jeff Penley, Tammy Muller, Kim Ray, Amanda Perry, Deborah Yandow, Barbara Harris, Mark Sigmon, Tim Thornburg, Randy Hedrick, Kevin Beam, Ronnie Brittain, Charles Johnson, Shawn Mull, Jim Averett, Eddie Roane, Raymond Gwynn, Tonja Pool, Jonathan Lail and Randy Caudill, CVCC Industrial Technologies Department Head.

The entire CVCC contingent and student sponsors are pictured above.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator