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Central SkillsUSA competitors bring home most medals in state

May 20th, 2013 4:05 am by Rick Wagner

Central SkillsUSA competitors bring home most medals in state

Sullivan Central Skills USA team winner of the award for winning the most awards. Photo by Ned Jilton II

BLOUNTVILLE — Some Sullivan Central High School SkillsUSA competitors took home so many awards at the state level, they, as a group, received an award for getting awards.

The Central SkillsUSA program received the LaBoard award for winning the most medals in the state competition.

It is named for the late Gerald LaBoard, who taught at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s and 1980s in the vocational department, according to Central CTE cosmetology teacher Avery Putney. He retired and about a year later died of cancer.

Central’s SkillsUSA gold medalists were Britany Johnson and Peyton Carrier in nail care, Kylie Burkey in cosmetology, Nichole Bowman and Thomas Greenwell in barbering, Jordie Hill, Hunter Overbay and Blake Stratton in chapter display and Taylor Campbell and Amber Ramsey in promotional bulletin board.

All are going to the nationals in Kansas City June 23-29 except Carrier, although Nichole and Thomas will be going as observers only since barbering is not yet in the competition.

But Nichole, the barber, and Thomas, the model for the haircut, are both juniors, so they will have one more chance to compete before graduating.

“I do want to become a barber,” said Nichole, who has won the state barbering competition both years since it has existed. She and other state winners received a scholarship to any Tennessee technology center statewide, although she plans to attend the one in Knoxville. Nichole said barbering and cosmetology licensing are similar and she plans to get a certification in both.

“I just really like short hair,” she said. “And men are easier to please. Women are so picky.” 

She also participated in fantasy makeup at the state level.

Overbay, a senior, said this marked his first time competing and that he plans to go into the Air Force and later pursue a college degree in business management, while senior Stratton said he plans to go to Northeast State Community College and seek a degree in mechanical engineering.

Johnson, a senior, plans to attend the Tennessee Technology Center in Chattanooga and eventually seek a pharmacy degree, while Burkey said she also was in her first year of competition and plans to use her scholarship toward becoming a cosmetology instructor like Putney, the cosmetology instructor at Central.

“By the time I graduate (in 2014) I’ll have enough hours for my (cosmetology) certification,” Johnson said. She plans to attend a TTC in either Elizabethton — if it gets a cosmetology program — or Chattanooga.

Those winning silver awards were Amanda Hubbard and Kaitlyn Minor in esthetics, Chris Ball in criminal justice, Autum McCann for baking and pastry and Andre West, Dillon Morrell and Dalton Buchannon in suitcase display.

And Nathan Campbell won a bronze medal in food and beverage service.

Also at Central, in the Future Business Leaders of America state competition, winners included Amber Ramsey, Tori Mitchell and Holly Nelms, who won second place in state for community service project. Mitchell and Nelms are going on to the national competition in late June in Anaheim, Calif.

Other FBLA winners on the state level were Kendra Vanover and Courtney Poister, who won first in business financial plan; Amanda Baker and Lynsey Powell, who won second place in business presentation, and Mary Williams and Beth Poore who won second for emerging business issues.

As for the Technology Student Association medalists, Mary Williams won first place in architectural renovation and third place in architectural computer-aided design two-dimentional, while Hunter Arnold won third place in engineering CAD three-dimentional. Williams plans to compete in nationals in Orlando this summer.

State Health Occupations Students of America winners at state were Robin Fox, second place in extemporaneous writing; Matt Scott, fifth place in medical terminology; Lindsay Palmer, fifth place in job seeking skills; and Kristen Lantz, fifth place in veterinary science.

Also, Central students Holly Rogers and Justin Hartsel were employees of the Eastman Chemical Co. Work Study Program.

Central has CTE programs in anatomy/physiology, CAD, clinicals, computer applications, construction core, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, electrical, emergency medical services, family and consumer science, game programming graphic arts, health science, housing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, interior design, life connections, medical therapeutics, personal finance, principles of engineering, rehabilitation therapeutics, visual communications, welding and yearbook.

Vice Principal Allyson Raines oversees the CTE program at Central.

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