Ozark, ATCC Students Win Skills USA Awards

Seventeen Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Arkansas Tech Career Center students earned awards at the 2018 Skills USA Arkansas State Competition in Hot Springs.

“Arkansas Skills USA gives our campus an opportunity to showcase the expertise our students and faculty bring to our industries and to our state,” said Bruce Sikes, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “We congratulate our award winners and recognize the efforts of all our Ozark campus competitors who positioned themselves to succeed.”

The following are the names of Skills USA winning students (their program of study), competition category and place:

• Kris Harkey of Paris, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Tiffany Orff of Booneville, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Serena Vanderford of Clarksville, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Beau Riggs of Ozark, (Computer Information Technology), Computer Services, gold
• Marcus Watson of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Technical Computer Applications, gold
• Brettaney Davenport of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Technical Computer Services, silver
• Kaleb Freeman of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Information Technology Services, bronze
• Nash Barnett of Alma, (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), HVAC, gold
• Juan Barrientos of Clarksville, (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), HVAC, bronze
• Randy Gunter of Ozark, (Automotive Service Technology), Automotive Service Technology, silver
• Moises Lopez of Fort Smith, (Automotive Service Technology), Parts Specialist, silver
• Jeison Jeffery of Clarksville, (Automotive Service Technology), Parts Specialist, bronze
• Joshua Kinnard of Fort Smith, (Collision Repair Technology), Collision Repair Technology, silver

The following are the names of Skills USA Arkansas Tech Career Center winning students (their program of study), competition category and place:

• TJ Evans of Russellville, (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement), Criminal Justice-High Risk Traffic Stops, gold
• Michael Huggins of Dover, (Automation Systems Technologies), Robotics, silver
• Stephen Judkins of Pottsville, (Automation Systems Technologies), Robotics, silver
• Shelby Brashear of Atkins, (Automotive Service Technology), Job Interview, silver

For more information about ATU-Ozark, call (479) 667-2117 or visit www.atu.edu/ozark.

Photographed (from left-to-right): ATU-Ozark welding students who took home gold medals at the Arkansas Skills USA competition were Tiffany Orff, Serena Vanderford and Kris Harkey.

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