National Leadership and Skills Conference 2013

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri, took place June 24-28, 2013, as part of the SkillsUSA 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America every year at an estimated cost of more than $35 million.
During the week, more than 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners competed hands-on in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like plumbing, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive service technology and broadcast news production. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions.  Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education.  In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. SkillsUSA Georgia came in 5th in the nation in medallion count.  Georgia high school competitors brought home 41 medallions and 53 top scorer positions, indicating an increase over last year’s placement.  A pinnacle achievement for SkillsUSA members as part of the new Work Force Ready System is the awarding of Skill Point Certificates.  Earning a Skill Point Certificate is a significant achievement that documents a student’s knowledge and abilities within a certain area.  This criterion is developed and endorsed by industry representatives.  65 Georgia students earned Skill Point Certificates, signifying that they achieved technical competencies and proficiency on the national level.

National Leadership and Skills Conference Georgia Highlights at a Glance:

  • 5th in the Nation in Medallion count
  • 271 Georgia attendees
  • 147 Georgia contestants
  • 13 Georgia VIPs
  • 14 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions presented to Georgia students
  • 53 Top Scorer Positions Earned – top 10
  • 65 Skill Point Certificates Awarded
  • Jacob Halfin, elected as National Region 2 Vice President
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award Winners - Alexis Barber, Harris Co. HS; Brandon Fletcher, Harris Co. HS; Devin Goodman, Harris Co. HS.
  • Mike Rowe Works Foundation Scholarship Winner: Dylan Jones, Adairsville HS
  • Liquid Nails Scholarship Winner: Barry Arrington, Adairsville HS

Gold Medalist:

Marina O'Connell

Maxwell High School

Esthetics

Alexis Barber

Harris County High School

Graphics Imaging-Sublimation

Barry Arrington II

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Dylan Jones

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Christian Metroka

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Rodney West

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Benjamin Meyers

Camden Co. High School

Welding Fabrication

Brandon Soles

Camden Co. High School

Welding Fabrication

Kaleb Stallones

Camden Co. High School

Welding Fabrication

Silver Medalist:

Quinton Chan

McIntosh High School

3-D Visualization and Animation

Natalie Jackson

McIntosh High School

3-D Visualization and Animation

Bronze Medalist:

Rick Steele

Sandy Creek High School

Mobile Electronics Installation

Rosa Corneja

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple

Daniel Raygoza

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple

Fernando Rivas-Flores

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple

Luis Guzman

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Single

Juana Herra

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Single

Alexia Velaquez

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety-Single

Keri Davis

Sandy Creek High School

Prepared Speech

Steven Reid

Crisp County High School

Welding Sculpture

Finalists (top 10):

Jamilah Wilson

Cross Keys High School

American Spirit

8th

Reginald Clayton

Creekside High School

Aviation Maintenance Technology

8th

Matison Lakstigala

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

6th

Erin Sirmans

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

6th

Karley Wilson

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

6th

Tierra Woods

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

6th

Kennedy Singleton

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Building Maintenance

7th

Zana Anderson

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Health Services

5th

Jasmine Green

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Health Services

5th

Andria Hall

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Health Services

5th

Tyra Marshall

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Human Services

8th

Stephanie Martinez

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Human Services

8th

Zapporiah Taylor

Dekalb High School of Tech-South

Career Pathways-Human Services

8th

Auston Alderman

Cross Keys High School

Career Pathways-Natural Resources-Ag

7th

Josh Trinidad

Cross Keys High School

Career Pathways-Natural Resources-Ag

7th

Dominque Wilson

Cross Keys High School

Career Pathways-Natural Resources-Ag

7th

Jenna Miller

Cross Keys High School

Community Action Project

6th

Refugio Murillo-Ruiz

Cross Keys High School

Community Action Project

6th

Katie Avila

Cross Keys High School

Community Service

9th

Fatima Balde

Cross Keys High School

Community Service

9th

Winston Johnson

Cross Keys High School

Community Service

9th

Carter Hinsley

Franklin County High School

Computer Programming

7th

Daniel Kinslow

North Cobb High School

Culinary Arts

8th

Janileyah Thompson

Central Education Center

Early Childhoon Education

4th

Daniel Mosqueda

Cross Keys High School

Entrepreneurship

9th

Kevin Nguyen

Cross Keys High School

Entrepreneurship

9th

Benjamin Orozco

Cross Keys High School

Entrepreneurship

9th

Barbara Tabia

Cross Keys High School

Entrepreneurship

9th

Grayson Anthony

R W Johnson High School

Graphic Communications

4th

William Anderson

Golden Isles Career Academy

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrig

10th

Derek Ansley

Sandy Creek High School

Marine Service Technology

8th

Corey Cleghorn

Tift County High School

Mechatronics

6th

Carlos Diaz-Hernandez

Tift County High School

Mechatronics

6th

Sly Lumpkin

Sonoraville High School

Motorcycle Service Technology

8th

Canaan Andrews

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Kendyll Greene

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Lucy Hornback

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Emily Johnson

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Ashley Lipinski

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Rylee Romero

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Darien Ruggles

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

6th

Austin Gentry

Hart County High School

Outstanding Chapter

5th

Aubrey Whitehead

Hart County High School

Outstanding Chapter

5th

Tristan Walker

Cedartown High School

Plumbing

7th

Josh Bowles

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Kwang Su Choi

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Brandon Cromer

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Kelsey Dobson

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Alex Stelly

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Sam Suessmith

Union Grove High School

Quiz Bowl

5th

Trevor Spradlin

Troup County High School

Screen Printing Technology

10th

Deuk Lee

Grayson Technical High School

Television (Video) Production

6th

Sophia Zeis

Grayson Technical High School

Television (Video) Production

6th

Emanuel Cordova

Hiram High School

T-Shirt Design

9th

Benjamin Meyers

Camden County High School

Welding Fabrication

9th

Brandon Soles

Camden County High School

Welding Fabrication

9th

Kaleb Stallones

Camden County High School

Welding Fabrication

9th

 

Skill Point Recipients:

Canaan Andrews

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Barry Arrington II

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Conor Baker

Statesboro High School

Firefighting

Scott Belanger

Rockdale Career Academy

Digital Cinema Production

Quinton Chan

McIntosh High School

3-D Visualization and Animation

Chelsea Ciesla

McIntosh High School

Promotional Bulletin Board

Emanuel Cordova

Hiram High School

T-Shirt Design

Rosa Corneja

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Keri Davis

Sandy Creek High School

Prepared Speech

Stephanie Edwards

Murray County High School

Job Interview

Austin Gentry

Hart County High School

Outstanding Chapter

Kendyll Greene

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Luis Guzman

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Juana Herra

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Carter Hinsley

Franklin County High School

Computer Programming

Lucy Hornback

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Natalie Jackson

McIntosh High School

3-D Visualization and Animation

Emily Johnson

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Dylan Jones

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Matison Lakstigala

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

Deuk Lee

Grayson Technical High School

Television (Video) Production

Ashley Lipinski

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Christian Metroka

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Marina O'Connell

Maxwell High School

Esthetics

Austin Pate

Shaw High School

Cabinetmaking

Loretta Pellegrinelli

McIntosh High School

Promotional Bulletin Board

Daniel Raygoza

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Steven Reid

Crisp County High School

Welding Sculpture

Fernando Rivas-Flores

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Rylee Romero

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Darien Ruggles

Cass High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Erin Sirmans

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

Kenneth Spencer

Rockdale Career Academy

Digital Cinema Production

Janileyah Thompson

Central Educational Center

Early Childhood Education

Alexia Velaquez

Cross Keys High School

Occupational Health and Safety

Tristan Walker

Cedartown High School

Plumbing

Rodney West

Adairsville High School

TeamWorks

Aubrey Whitehead

Hart County High School

Outstanding Chapter

Karley Wilson

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

Tierra Woods

Rockdale Career Academy

Broadcast News Production

Victoria Xie

Maxwell High School

Cosmetology

Sophia Zeis

Grayson Technical High School

Television (Video) Production