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Go Build Alabama and Alabama SkillsUSA congratulate Alabama winners at SkillsUSA Championships

July 03, 2014




Alabama contest winners in the annual SkillsUSA Championships were announced Friday evening, JUNE 27, 2014 at the Awards Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held JUNE 23 – JUNE 27, 2014, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands-on competition in 99 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.

Alabama’s delegation consisted of over 250 high school and college students and advisors. Alabama students competed in 68 national contests earning 1 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals as they competed against over 5,500 of their peers from 54 states and territories in the largest National SkillsUSA Championships ever held.

Alabama competitors were national medalists or top 10 finishers in 36 of the 68 contests in which they competed. “These collective accomplishments are true testament to Technical Education in Alabama and the hard work and commitment of every stakeholder involved in this process” states Myron Laurent, Association Director. “Our partnership with industry has never been stronger”.

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.

State and national 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. A short video about the National Leadership and Skills Conference is available online at http://www.skillsusa.org/events/nlsc.shtml.

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is “learning that works” for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11.6 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

Alabama medalists, the school that supported their effort, their advisor and the Alabama Contest Chairperson that helped prepare them for the highest levels of competition are as follows:


2014 Alabama National Medalists

Computer & Programming – High School Division

Kenneth Hampton – Silver Medal

Limestone Career Technology Center

Advisor – Ted James

Career Tech Director – Vince Green

Alabama Contest Chair – Nisheeth Agrawal, Calhoun Community College


Esthetics – High School Division

Jessica J. Avila – Silver Medal

Limestone Career Technology Center

Advisor – Glennis Black

Career Tech Director – Vince Green

Alabama Contest Chair – Dawn Wilson, International Dermal Institute

 Industrial Motor Control – High School Division

Logan Lozier – Gold Medal

Earnest Pruett Center for Technology

Advisor – James McKenzie

Career Tech Director – Shane Small

Alabama Contest Chair – Joey Watson, Marathon Electric

 Job Interview – College Division

Ureka Malone – Silver Medal

Northwest Shoals Community College

Advisor – MeLinda Grissom
Technical Dean – Joe Hackworth

Alabama Contest Chairs – David Tally

                                                   Dr. Bridgett Chandler

 Masonry– High School Division

Ty Isbell – Bronze Medal

Dekalb County Technology Center

Advisor – Scott Phillips

Career Tech Director – Gelane Nelson

Alabama Contest Chair – Isaac Peterson, Masonry Arts Inc

Precision Machining & Technology – High School Division

Derreck McDaniel – Silver Medal

Etowah Career Technology Center

Advisor – Gary Sewell

Career Tech Director – Mark Stancil

Alabama Contest Chair – Roy Manley, Mach III Inc.

Precision Machining & Technology – College Division

Vincent Ponder – Bronze 

Wallace State College-Hanceville

Advisor- Jonathon Minyard

Technical Dean – Jimmy Hodges

Alabama Contest Chair – Roy Manley, Mach III Inc.

Welding – High School Division

Joseph N. Bevel – Bronze Medal

Earnest Pruett Center of Technology

Advisor – Marty Bishop

Career Tech Director – Shane Small

Alabama Contest Chair – Greg Dudley, TVA

 Welding – College Division

James A. Foster – Bronze Medal

Wallace State College – Hanceville

Advisor – Jim Thompson

Technical Dean – Jimmy Hodges

Alabama Contest Chair – Randall Kelly, United Association