GNTC students excel at 2024 SkillsUSA Georgia competition

February 26, 2024
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Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students excelled at the 2024 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference, Feb. 22-24, in Atlanta. GNTC competed in 21 categories and took home eight gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze medals.

State gold medal winners will represent GNTC and the State of Georgia in the national contest June 17-21 in Atlanta.

“I am so proud of our students and advisors,” said Missy McLain, SkillsUSA advisor for GNTC. “It is great to see our students attend and excel in their competition events. Each student went into their contest and gave it their all.” 

The students tested their abilities in trade, technical, skilled service and health occupations. GNTC sent three teams to the competition; most GNTC contestants competed in individual events.

According to SkillsUSA, the organization serves nearly 400,000 career and technical education students and instructors annually and has served 14.6 million annual members since 1965. The organization has chapters in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationally.

Thirty-four students represented GNTC at the competition.

Listed below are the gold, silver and bronze medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:

Lorianna Beech (center) receives the gold medal in Carpentry and will represent GNTC and the State of Georgia in the national contest June 17-21 in Atlanta.
Lorianna Beech (center) receives the gold medal in Carpentry and will represent GNTC and the State of Georgia in the national contest June 17-21 in Atlanta.

Gold

  • Lorianna Beech, Carpentry, Chattooga
  • Chase Campbell, Welding, Catoosa
  • Easton Childs, Masonry, Gordon
  • Susan Davis, Medical Assisting, Whitfield
  • Luis Garcia, Technical Drafting, Whitfield
  • Jose Leal, Internet of Things, Gordon
  • Connor Rowell, Electrical Construction Wiring, Floyd
  • Jack Showalter, Telecommunications Cabling, Walker

Silver

  • Jeshua Freeman, CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Gordon
  • TeamWorks (team competition): Alexis Bautista, Whitfield; Johncarlos Guerrero, Gordon; Brenden Harrison, Murray; and Christopher Herrera, Whitfield

Bronze

  • Kelly Jones, Medical Assisting, Polk
  • Josue Lopez, Masonry, Gordon
  • Hannah Peterson, Job Skills Demonstration Open, Bartow
  • TeamWorks (team competition): Jackson Flanagan, Walker; Brandon Guzman, Polk; Devon Heroch, Chattooga; and Brody Mobbs, Chattooga
  • Marc-Taylor Wright, Cabinetmaking, Gordon

 

provides quality workforce education to the citizens of northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma or a certificate in aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,601 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,071 students and an additional enrollment of 3,530 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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