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Students qualify for national Skills USA competition


April 29, 2014

Bevill State-Hamilton students qualify for national Skills USA competition

Bevill State students Katie Childers, Thomas Dye, Steven Howard, Casey Silas and Lauren Whaley won gold at the State Skills USA Competition in April. Their first place wins qualify them to represent Alabama at the Skills USA National Competition this summer in June.

The gold medalists competed in a variety of categories and were tested on their speed, skill and knowledge in their fields of expertise. Childers competed in Job Skill Demonstration-A; Dye in Motorcycle Service Technology; Howard in Automotive Service Technology; Silas in Power Equipment Technology; and Whaley in Nail Care. Their success will take them to Kansas City, MO in June where they will compete against more than 4,500 career and technical education students in the Skills USA National Competition.

In addition to Bevill State’s gold medalists, several students also won bronze in the competition. Josh Ables won a bronze medal in Diesel Equipment Technology and Ashley Gray won a bronze medal in Job Skill Demonstration-Open. These students competed against both time and other contestants in the statewide competition.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. The group sponsors the SkillsUSA championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students.

For more information about SkillsUSA or Bevill State’s Career Technical Education programs, contact 800-648-3271 ext. 5405.


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