National Leadership and Skills Conference

National Leadership and Skills Conference 2018 in Review

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, took place June 25-29, 2018, as part of the SkillsUSA 54th 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 $36 million.
During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners competed hands-on in 100 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 2nd in the nation in medallion count.  Georgia high school competitors brought home 38medallions and 88 top scorer positions.  A pinnacle achievement for SkillsUSA members as part of the 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.  Eighty-eight Georgia students earned Skill Point Certificates, signifying that they achieved technical competencies and proficiency on the national level.

This year Georgia, once again,was represented in the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP).CEP honors chapter achievement relative to the SkillsUSA framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” It also serves as the blueprint for career readiness — our ultimate goal as an organization. Paramount to framework success is the creation and implementation of an effective program of work — SkillsUSA’s planning tool for chapters. By participating in program of work activities, SkillsUSA chapters become conduits for meaningful student growth. The CEP recognizes these efforts by offering every chapter an opportunity to attain measurable competencies in pursuit of framework objectives. Georgiahad five of the 24 chapters that were competing for the ultimate SkillsUSA recognition, the Model of Excellence Chapter. The chapters that competed were; Cambridge High School, Cross Keys High School, Grovetown High School,Sandy Creek High School and Union Grove High School. Union Grove was recognized as the 2018 Model of Excellence Chapter.

National Leadership and Skills Conference Georgia Highlights at a Glance:

  • 2nd in the Nation in medallion count
  • 288 Georgia High School Attendees
  • 142Georgia Contestants
  • 38 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions presented to Georgia High School Students
  • 88 Top Scorer Positions Earned- top 10
  • 52 Top Scorer Positions Earned-Top 3
  • 88 Skill Point Certificates Awarded
  • Scott Hicks of Troup County Comprehensive High School, represented Georgia as a SkillsUSA National Officer

 

Gold Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Pickens High SchoolEmma LongJob InterviewGold
North Cobb High SchoolNolan MoorePlumbingGold

 

Silver Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Stephens County High SchoolMallory ColwellOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolSarah IsaacOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolBreanna McCurleyOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolCaitlin FranklinOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolLacy DakeOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolTori JordanOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Stephens County High SchoolSkylar PowellOpening and Closing CeremoniesSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolGabriela HerreraOutstanding ChapterSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolAnaKarina GutierrezOutstanding ChapterSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolMarisol MarisolOutstanding ChapterSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolCindy RamirezCommunity ServiceSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolJoann Dominguez-MarianoCommunity ServiceSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolYami JarquinCommunity ServiceSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolAntonio MoralesOccupational Health and Safety - MultipleSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolSebastin ZambranoOccupational Health and Safety - MultipleSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolLuis MonterrossoOccupational Health and Safety - MultipleSilver
Chapel Hill High SchoolRafael PaschalPrinciples of Engineering & TechnologySilver
Heritage High SchoolCaleb BucklerPin DesignSilver
Statesboro High SchoolBrayan EscuerdoCareer Pathways - Industrial and Engineering TechnologySilver
Statesboro High SchoolUsman ChaudhryCareer Pathways - Industrial and Engineering TechnologySilver
Statesboro High SchoolJaymon PatelCareer Pathways - Industrial and Engineering TechnologySilver

 

Bronze Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Cross Keys High SchoolSamuel ValenteOccupational Health and Safety - SingleBronze
Cross Keys High SchoolTrae BrownOccupational Health and Safety - SingleBronze
Cross Keys High SchoolRaul Arzate-LinoOccupational Health and Safety - SingleBronze
South Atlanta High SchoolShaniya LonginoPrepared SpeechBronze
Union Grove High SchoolLiam MonastQuiz BowlBronze
Union Grove High SchoolCatey HuntQuiz BowlBronze
Union Grove High SchoolAndre BlairQuiz BowlBronze
Union Grove High SchoolSriam MudireddyQuiz BowlBronze
Union Grove High SchoolGene JohnsonQuiz BowlBronze
THINC College & Career AcademySavanna ScottMechatronicsBronze
THINC College & Career AcademyClaudia IngramMechatronicsBronze
Adairsville High SchoolJason BurdetteTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolVidal Diaz-SandovalTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolHamilton NoggleTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolAndrew BeardenTeamWorksBronze


 

Top Ten Finalists

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Hapeville Charter Career AcademyChristin BeasleyCustomer Service5
North Cobb High SchoolPatrick DuckettCabinetmaking5
Cross Keys High SchoolAdriana TeodoroAmerican Spirit6
Cross Keys High SchoolLesly ZunigaAmerican Spirit6
Cross Keys High SchoolEvelin ContrerasAmerican Spirit6
Golden Isles Career AcademyMatthew TortorellAviation Maintenance Technology6
THINC College & Career AcademyEli ThrailkillRobotics and Automation Technology6
THINC College & Career AcademyJustin RachallaRobotics and Automation Technology6
THINC College & Career AcademyEli DaughertyHumanoid Robotics6
THINC College & Career AcademyJery ChadwickHumanoid Robotics6
Lowndes High SchoolNoah StognerArchitectural Drafting7
Dekalb High School of Tech-SouthElijah CrosbyBuilding Maintenance7
Cedartown High SchoolTucker MobbsSheet Metal7
Grayson Technical High SchoolAlexander EmoryComputer Programming7
Chattooga High SchoolTufton BlanksWelding Fabrication7
Chattooga High SchoolJohn HunterWelding Fabrication7
Chattooga High SchoolC E MasseyWelding Fabrication7
Cross Keys High SchoolFaysal AndoCareer Pathways - Business, Management and Technology7
Cross Keys High SchoolOswaldo CisnerosCareer Pathways - Business, Management and Technology7
Cross Keys High SchoolNymanga AtorCareer Pathways - Business, Management and Technology7
Cross Keys High SchoolMarilu CruzEntrepreneurship7
Cross Keys High SchoolJuan SoteloEntrepreneurship7
Cross Keys High SchoolPeter SantiagoEntrepreneurship7
Cross Keys High SchoolVeronica GarciaEntrepreneurship7
Cross Keys High SchoolThierno BarryCareer Pathways - Natural Resources-Agriculture-Food8
Cross Keys High SchoolMichael FasquelleCareer Pathways - Natural Resources-Agriculture-Food8
Cross Keys High SchoolEmily PerezCareer Pathways - Natural Resources-Agriculture-Food8
Maxwell High SchoolWilliam DickinsonFirefighting8
Fannin County High SchoolEli YoungRelated Technical Math9
Haralson County High SchoolZac BaconCollision Repair Technology9
Golden Isles Career AcademyMatthew LaNeveCNC Milling Specialist9
Cross Keys High SchoolMark RamirezCareer Pathways - Health Services9
Cross Keys High SchoolKevin GarciaCareer Pathways - Health Services9
Cross Keys High SchoolMartin RochaCareer Pathways - Health Services9
Cambridge High SchoolChristine LimCriminal Justice10
Cambridge High SchoolNikita SavantMedical Math10