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SkillsUSA Chapter Brings Home Gold

Catawba Valley Community College students recently won four gold medals in the SkillsUSA National Championships held in Louisville, Ky. The team finished second in the country in three other categories and third in two categories.

07/11/2017

SkillsUSA National Championship Team

Catawba Valley Community College students recently won four gold medals in the SkillsUSA National Championships held in Louisville, Ky. The team finished second in the country in three other categories and third in two categories.

SkillsUSA gives students an opportunity to match skills against their peers in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, character development, and discipline specific competition. 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.

CVCC won the most national gold and silver medals of any SkillsUSA college chapter in the state. More than 16,000 students competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas at the national competition.

Gold Medal National Champions:
Crime Scene Investigation-College
Advisor: Sherry Herman  Corinne Mudd, Kathy Nguyen, Hernan Puga-Luna

Outstanding Chapter-College
Advisors: Tammy Muller & Gary Muller  Brittany Ramseur, Chad Ledford, Jacob Carr

Prepared Speech-College
Advisor: Kim Ray  Sharon Lockard

T-Shirt Design-College
Advisor: Jennifer Cobb  Markie James

Silver Second Place Winners
Community Service-College
Advisor: Tammy Muller  Selena Kongmany, Nouda Xiong, Rocky Thao

Entrepreneurship-College
Advisors: Jeff Neuville & Gary Muller  Grace McDougall, Vanessa Sharp, Melissa Mooney, Sierra Tuttle

Crime Scene Investigation-High School
Advisor: Seth Bailey  Brian Martinez, Shelby Sipe, Summer Walsh

Bronze Third Place Winners
Advertising Design- College
Advisor: Jennifer Cobb  Connor Hooks  

Screen Printing- College
Advisor: Aaron Tallman  Sierra Kelso

Other Very High Finishers
4th Place - CNC Machining Technician-College
Advisor: Steven Rhoads  Kaleb Watson

6th Place - Technical Math – College
Advisor: Michael Boone  Nola Webb

8th Place - Entrepreneurship - High School
Advisors: Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller  Cedric Clyburn, Karlina Ho, Valerie Stiltner and Chanler Watts

9th Place - CNC Milling – College
Advisor: Steven Rhoads  Dustin Jones

10th Place - Photography – College
Advisor: Joe Young  Shawna Huffman

11th Place - Extemporaneous Speaking - High School
Advisor: Jeff Penley  Hannah Grimes

15th Place - Prepared Speaking - High School
Advisor: Jeff Penley  Dakiyah Cowans

“Our recognition as the best chapter in the country (Outstanding Chapter) for the fourth consecutive year is a tribute to everyone related to our college,” said Gary Muller, dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology.

CVCC’s chapter also received the Model of Excellence Award, naming it among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters in the nation. One of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, the award recognizes exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in SkillsUSA chapter activities.

CVCC SkillsUSA competitors demonstrated the depth and breadth of skills learned in the classroom through their past top national finalists in Automotive, Cosmetology, Customer Service, Esthetics, Job Interviewing and Welding.

Through the generous support of CVCC’s Board of Trustees and the CVCC Foundation, Inc., students receive the opportunity to participate in this valuable career preparation experience.

For more information about SkillsUSA activities on the CVCC campus, contact Gary Muller, 828-327-7000, ext. 4672, gmuller@cvcc.edu.

 

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