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Bringing home the gold: Sullivan Central Chapter Display team tops SkillsUSA nationwide

Rick Wagner • Jul 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A trio from Sullivan County Schools took home a gold medal from the recent SkillsUSA competition in Louisville. 

Sullivan County Schools took home gold in the Chapter Display category.

The Sullivan Central High School team of Amanda Meadows, Rachel Moody and Ethan Plummer, all graduated seniors, took first among 32 entries with a 99 percent score. The instructor for Moody and Plummer was Lloyd Putney, while the instructor for Meadows was Rhonda Flanary. The trio and others who competed nationally June 24-28 posted wins in the Tennessee SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga March 31 to April 3.

“A chapter display is a contest that allows students to showcase their carpentry, electrical and mechanical skills that best represents the student club, SkillsUSA,” said Aaron Flanary, facilitator of career technical and post-secondary education for the county school system. “Seniors at the time, Central graduates Amanda Meadows, Rachel Moody and Ethan Plummer designed and built a state winner, and now they have earned top honors by winning a SkillsUSA gold medal as national winners.”

All told, 11 students and a student model came from Sullivan County Schools to compete this year in nine events. All 11 competitors got in the Top 15 in the nation, and all from Sullivan Central made the top 10, Flanary said.

He said placing well at the nationals is an honor for all students.

“Many of the competitors are in career academies, trade schools or private schools,” Flanary said.

Central consistently does the best of all four county high schools. Three state winners, all from Sullivan East, could not attend the national competition, so their spots went to the next in line among state competition scores.

SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000 students nationwide in high school and post-secondary institutions, with more than 6,600 students competing at the national level this year in 103 individual contests.

— In Cosmetology, Sullivan Central graduated senior Abbi White earned a 93.57 percent score and was ranked seventh among 36 entries.

— In Esthetics, 2018-19 Central junior Taylor Haun got an 84.18 percent score and was seventh among 27 entries.

Avery Putney was the instructor for White and Haun.

— For Culinary Arts, 2018-19 junior Ashli Rust from Central got 69.08 percent and was 10th among 40 entries. 

— For Restaurant Service, 2018-19 junior Anette Villa of Central got an 85.6 percent score.

Angel Welch was the instructor for Rust and Villa.

— In Job Interview, graduated senior Sara Watkins of Sullivan North High got an 89.9 percent score. Sonja Owens was the instructor.

— For Advertising Design, Sullivan South 2018-19 junior Shyan Bissen got a 61.1 percent score and was eighth among 41 entries. 

— In Pin Design, Sullivan South graduated senior Devyn Barger got a 74.47 percent score and placed 15th among 41 entries. 

— For T-Shirt Design, Sullivan South graduated senior Sarah Thacker got an 88.93 percent score and ranked 14th among 37 entries.

Danny Arwood was the instructor for Bissen, Barger and Thacker.  

 

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