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Sullivan County SkillsUSA competitors win 12 gold medals

Rick Wagner • Apr 22, 2019 at 9:15 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County’s four high schools had 12 first-place finishers recently at the Tennessee SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga, and all are moving on to the national competition this summer. The state competition was March 31 to April 3, and the national one will be June 24 in Louisville, Ky.

Sullivan Central had the most winners, including five first-place finishers:

— Ethan Plummer, Rachel Moody and Amanda Meadows won a gold medal for chapter display. Lloyd Putney is the team’s instructor.

— Ashli Rust won gold in culinary arts, and her instructor is Angel Welch.

— Abbi White won gold in cosmetology, and her instructor is Avery Putney.

(Northeast Tennessee fared well statewide in cosmetology, as pointed out by Volunteer High cosmetology instructor Tammy Turner. Local students took the top four places. Second went to Unicoi County, third to Dobyns-Bennett and fourth to Volunteer. Hawkins County schools had 26 gold medal winners in the state competition.)

— Anette Villa won gold in restaurant service, and her instructor is Angel Welch.

— Taylor Haun won silver in esthetics, and her instructor is Avery Putney.

— Jasmine Fletcher won silver in nail care, and her instructor is Avery Putney.

— Molly Archer, Kylie Harrison and Allie Mullins won bronze in crime scene investigation, and Jack Nelson is the team instructor.

— Billy Easely and Joe Tanner won bronze in suitcase Display-SkillsUSA, and Lloyd Putney is the team instructor.

At Sullivan East, three won gold, and all placers included:

— Team G (Mason Mosler, Emmy Fox and Gracyn Fox) won gold for mock trial, and Ty Boomershine is the instructor.

— Hannah Daniel won gold in first aid-CPR, and Brandon Renfro is the instructor.

— Lauren Ledford won a bronze in medical math, and Brandon Renfro is the instructor.

— Mabel Olson won bronze in technical drafting, and the instructor is Kent Lisenby.

— Tyler Lopez won gold in firefighting, and Brandon Renfro is the instructor.

— Dillon Gross won silver in architectural drafting, and Kent Lisenby is the instructor.

From Sullivan North, one competitor won gold and two others placed:

— Sara Watkins won gold in job interview, and Sonya Owens is the instructor.

— Jacob Tibbs and Nick McClintock won silver in robotics technology, and Lucas Carr is the instructor.

— Alexis Edwards, Cameron Laws, Natalie Hale and Caroline Reed won bronze in the Health Knowledge Bowl, and Sonya Owens is the instructor.

At South High, three won gold:

— Devyn Barger won in pin design, and the instructor is Danny Arwood.

— Sarah Thacker won in T-shirt design, and the instructor is Danny Arwood.

— Shyan Bissen won in advertising design, and Danny Arwood is the instructor.

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