National Leadership and Skills Conference

National Leadership and Skills Conference 2017 in Review

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, took place June 19-24, 2017, as part of the SkillsUSA 53rd 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 1st in the nation in medallion count.  Georgia high school competitors brought home 38 medallions and 44 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-three 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 three of the 24 chapters that were competing for the ultimate SkillsUSA recognition, the Model of Excellence Chapter. The chapters that competed were; Cross Keys High School, Stephens County High School and Union Grove High School. 

National Leadership and Skills Conference Georgia Highlights at a Glance:

  •         1st in the Nation in medallion count
  •         289 Georgia High School Attendees
  •         157 Georgia Contestants
  •         38 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions presented to Georgia High School Students
  •         86 Top Scorer Positions Earned- top 10
  •         83 Skill Point Certificates Awarded
  •         Scott Hicks of Troup County Comprehensive High School, elected as a SkillsUSA National Officer

 

Gold Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Harris County High SchoolJacob BarberGraphic Imaging SublimationGold

 

Silver Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Cambridge High SchoolConnor ChristiansenChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
Cambridge High SchoolZachary CorcoranChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
Cambridge High SchoolAyush KumarChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
Cambridge High SchoolCole MantasChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
Cambridge High SchoolJohn MulroyChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
Cambridge High SchoolCarter WashburnChapter Busniess ProcedureSilver
R.W. Johnson High SchoolCody BrownGraphic CommunicationsSilver
THINC College and Career AcademyShayina GriffinHumanoid RoboticsSilver
THINC College and Career AcademyDevin JoyceHumanoid RoboticsSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolAriel CarrilloOccupational Health and Safety (Multi Sect.)Silver
Cross Keys High SchoolMariluz CruzOccupational Health and Safety (Multi Sect.)Silver
Cross Keys High SchoolRoberto SagredoOccupational Health and Safety (Multi Sect.)Silver
Cross Keys High SchoolAnnaKarina GutierrezOutstanding ChapterSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolYamileth JarquinOutstanding ChapterSilver
Cross Keys High SchoolKarla LopezOutstanding ChapterSilver
Union Grove High SchoolKaitlyn MoteQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolAndre BlairQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolJustin GittemeirQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolJustin LineberryQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolCatey HuntQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolKimberly ErettQuiz BowlSilver
Union Grove High SchoolAnthony OdomQuiz BowlSilver

 

Bronze Medal Winners

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Union Grove High SchoolConnor JoyceArchitectural DraftingBronze
North Cobb High SchoolTaylor MasonCareer Pathways - Arts & CommunicationBronze
North Cobb High SchoolEmily LaPierreCareer Pathways - Arts & CommunicationBronze
North Cobb High SchoolDaniel MacAnnCareer Pathways - Arts & CommunicationBronze
North Cobb High SchoolAdam LawleyCareer Pathways - Industrial & Engineering TechnologyBronze
North Cobb High SchoolSam WenderCareer Pathways - Industrial & Engineering TechnologyBronze
North Cobb High SchoolPatrick WrightCareer Pathways - Industrial & Engineering TechnologyBronze
Cambridge High SchoolKruthika KumarPrinciples of EngineeringBronze
Harris County High SchoolShelby BalestacciPromotional Bulletin BoardBronze
Harris County High SchoolLauren SmithPromotional Bulletin BoardBronze
Harris County High SchoolErica CastroPromotional Bulletin BoardBronze
North Carroll College and Career AcademyDevin ConnerRestaurant ServiceBronze
Adairsville High SchoolCarter ArringtonTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolHamilton NoggleTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolJarrod RollinsTeamWorksBronze
Adairsville High SchoolJason BurdetteTeamWorksBronze


 

Top Ten Finalists

SchoolContestant NameContestNLSC Placement
Cambridge High SchoolGrant MitchellJob Skills Demonstration Open4
Stephens County High SchoolLacy DakeOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolCaitlin FranklinOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolTori JordanOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolKara StrubleOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolBrianna WeemsOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolGrace ClaytonOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
Stephens County High SchoolMallory ColwellOpening and Closing Ceremonies4
The Academy for Advanced StudiesAnthony JohnsonJob Interview4
North Cobb High SchoolJosh DawsonBroadcast News Production5
North Cobb High SchoolJosh DawsonBroadcast News Production5
North Cobb High SchoolTurner MarkwalterBroadcast News Production5
North Cobb High SchoolEmmett SchindlerBroadcast News Production5
North Cobb High SchoolJoshua AriasBroadcast News Production5
THINC College and Career AcademyClaudia IngramMechatronics5
THINC College and Career AcademySavanna ScottMechatronics5
McIntosh High SchoolLeigh WheelerPin Design6
Cambridge High SchoolRyan RosenthalCommunity Action Project7
Cambridge High SchoolCailey HartCommunity Action Project7
Cambridge High SchoolLuci AllenCrime Scene Investigation7
Cambridge High SchoolLia GiglioCrime Scene Investigation7
Cambridge High SchoolHaley LiakakosCrime Scene Investigation7
Cambridge High SchoolCameron ChongRelated Technical Math7
Camden County High SchoolDaniel GibbonsChapter Display7
Camden County High SchoolEric JacobsChapter Display7
Camden County High SchoolBrennen SilvousChapter Display7
Cross Keys High SchoolAntonio MoralesOccupational Health and Safety- Single7
Cross Keys High SchoolLuis MonterrossoOccupational Health and Safety- Single7
Cross Keys High SchoolWilliam RobleroOccupational Health and Safety- Single7
Pickens High SchoolAndy BrownellCareer Pathways - Natural Resources - Agriculture - Food7
Pickens High SchoolColby EdmonsonCareer Pathways - Natural Resources - Agriculture - Food7
Pickens High SchoolRay McDonaldCareer Pathways - Natural Resources - Agriculture - Food7
Cambridge High SchoolBritnei BostickEmployment Application Process8
Camden County High SchoolRyan EarleyMasonry8
Lumpkin County High SchoolMiles ClarkInformation Technology Service8
Cedartown High SchoolChase ManningWelding9
Chattooga High SchoolC E MasseyWelding Fabrication9
Camden County High SchoolEsmerelda GarciaAmerican Spirit9
Camden County High SchoolSabrina HodgesAmerican Spirit9
Camden County High SchoolNancy MarquezAmerican Spirit9
Chattooga High SchoolJohn HunterWelding Fabrication9
Chattooga High SchoolSam ManganWelding Fabrication9
Thomas County Central High SchoolJonathan MillsMarine Service Technology9
Hiram High SchoolCassidy GaronScreen Printing Technology10
Haralson County High SchoolZac BaconCollision Repair Technology10
Lincoln County High SchoolIsabelle LinkousSheet Metal10
North Cobb High SchoolNolan MoorePlumbing10