Catawba Valley Community College’s SkillsUSA team brought home four gold medals and one silver medal from the National Championship held recently in Louisville, Ky. Twenty-six CVCC students competed in 13 categories.
In addition to gold and silver medals, CVCC team members also earned four top 10 awards in the national competition.
“SkillsUSA is an opportunity for students to compete against their peers in technical skills, leadership, teamwork and character development. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service,” said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC’s President.
The CVCC SkillsUSA program is supported and funded by the CVCC Foundation.
CVCC won the gold medal in the Outstanding Chapter competition, which recognizes the SkillsUSA Chapter with the strongest commitment to the SkillsUSA’s mission. Jennifer Eversole, CVCC SkillsUSA chapter president, entrepreneurship student and business administration graduate, gave the team presentation.
The CVCC Entrepreneurship Team won its third consecutive National Championship. The team was comprised of Howard Wilson, Ben Ou and James Holbrook.
CVCC’s Crime Scene Investigation team won the gold medal. The team was comprised of Sandra Bryant, Sarah Poore and Abbie Kincaid.
CVCC won the gold medal in the Community Service competition with its presentation of CVCC’s very successful Multicultural Affairs First Ever “Celebration of Nations” held this past spring. The team of Kristina Kongmany, Stacy Xiong and Dianna Yang presented a review of the event. Kongmany, Xiong, Yang, and event team member Thomas Beasley served as the volunteer event coordinators for the Celebration of Nations.
CVCC’s Quiz Bowl team, comprised of Thomas Beasley, Pang Yang, Megan Turnbull and Imelda Navarror-Amador, finished second in the country. The Quiz Bowl competition is based on a premise similar to the traditional college bowl of years ago where students’ knowledge is tested on current events, history and SkillsUSA information.
MacKenzie Townsend finished fourth in the nation in the Firefighting competition. This the first year CVCC has competed in this competition.
CVCC/Challenger High School’s Entrepreneurship team of Nick Joyner, Will Adkins, Sean Wilson and Johnny Vang finished eighth in the country. This team has the distinction of being the first high school team ever to represent North Carolina at the SkillsUSA national competition.
Megan Haas finished ninth in the country in Photography.
Keisha Ramseur finished ninth in the country in Job Interviewing.
CVCC/HCAM’s Crime Scene Investigation team, comprised of Megan Lowe, Adrianna Mull and Selena Lems, finished 11th in the country.
Zachary Pruitt finished 12th in the country in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Other CVCC national competitors include Philip Johnson in College Automotive Service Technology and Jaxson Beatty in High School Advertising Design. Each of these students will continue their education college this fall at CVCC.
“SkillsUSA is the perfect opportunity for our students because they can display their talents in their area of study in a competitive environment. Our students get to experience new things and see parts of our country they may never have seem were it not for SkillsUSA,” said Gary Muller, CVCC’s SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor and Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology. “We are proud to offer this opportunity to build self-confidence and genuine skills for the workplace.”
For more information about CVCC’s SkillsUSA team, contact Muller at 828-327-7000, ext. 4672, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.