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Students Successful at SkillsUSA National Competition

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The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships were announced Friday evening, June 25, 2010 at the Awards Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 21 - June 25, 2010, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crown Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands-on competition in ninety-six different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures. Students are evaluated on their technical knowledge, production skills and creative abilities.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

Winning from Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus were:

Silver Medalists:

Lisa Gattis of Ozark in Web Design

Renee Harris of Scranton in Web Design

Sixth Place:

Levi Smith of Booneville in Technical Computer Applications

Fifteenth Place:

Justin Gatewood of Mulberry in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tasha Hall of Clarksville in Cosmetology

Twenty-third Place:

Garrison DeArmond of County Line in Automotive Refinishing Technology