The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. This year’s state competition was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center from March 31 to April 3.
Volunteer CTE (career technical education) and criminal justice instructor Kevin Hilton’s team took 20 students to the Chattanooga event to compete in 10 events, and 16 of them earned medals, including 12 golds.
“My (criminal justice) students showed determination and resilience this year,” Hilton said. “Due to weather, we missed a lot of opportunities to practice; however, students stayed after school and put in the effort and it showed. We did the best we have ever done, winning five state championships and two silver medals.
“Out of the 20 students, 16 came away with medals. These students were able to place in seven out of 10 contests that we had entered.”
Volunteer senior Emily Christian completed her term as SkillsUSA president, and rising senior Ellie McLain was elected this year as state treasurer.
VHS Criminal Justice Team
Zach Mayo, Mary Morrison, Alexis Fansler, Sarah Gonce, Ellie McLain, and Hannah Johnson earned gold in Chapter Business Procedure.
Garrett Armstrong, Jonah Price, and Elijah Whitehead earned gold in Pathway Showcase.
Leah Hostetler earned gold in Prepared Speech.
Hannah Yarosh earned gold in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Aedyn Mullins earned gold in Action Skills.
Savannah Cearley, Summer Ferrell, and Jimalyn Egonio earned silver in Mock Trial.
Brooke Yost earned silver in Job Skills.
Other Volunteer medal winners
VHS Culinary Arts team members Hank Marshall, Ariana Rodriguez, Alexis Moore, and Hannah Russell earned their gold medals in Entrepreneurship. Their faculty adviser is Michael Gordon.
VHS Cosmetology team member Delana Simmons earned gold in nail care, while Sydney Stratton and Haley Reynolds earned gold in Suitcase Display; and Kiersten Trent earned fourth place in Cosmetology.
The cosmetology faculty adviser is Tammy Turner.
Volunteer will be taking 18 students to the National competition in Louisville on June 24 in the following events: Entrepreneurship, Nail Care, Chapter Business Procedure, Career, Pathway Showcase, Prepared Speech, Extemporaneous Speaking and Action Skills.
Cherokee High School medal winners
Autumn Large, Thomas Faust, Cooper Bolton, and Bailey Sams earned gold in Health Knowledge Bowl, which tested teams of four students on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Teams were judged on speed and accuracy answering questions.
Emily Snodgrass earned gold in Practical Nursing. Contestants demonstrated their ability to perform procedures/skills consistent with Practical Nursing competencies as determined by State Boards of Nursing.
Dawson Walker earned gold in Dental Assisting. Contestants demonstrated procedures specified in the accreditation standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Leeanna Blackburn earned gold in Medical Terminology. The competition evaluated the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in health occupations fields.
Evan Andrews earned silver in Medical Math. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge of general math concepts used in healthcare.
Amber Burlison earned bronze in Medical Assisting. Competitors were tested on their skills in the clinical and administrative setting. They were judged on speed, the use of correct safety measures and the ability to interact with the patient(s).