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Friday, 06 May 2016 22:12

Technical Students Compete at SkillsUSA Championships in VA

SkillsUSA VA

Pictured (front row, from left) are: Toni Morris (criminal justice instructor), Traniece Stephens-Broadnax, Angie Varnadore, Jessica Petty, McKenzie Mattox, Zaria Davis, Lindsey Alderson, Zowie Ramsey-Hancock; (back row) Jeff Reynolds (EMT instructor), Jim Pollard (industrial maintenance-electricity instructor), Ryland Bagbey, Chris Shomali, Taylor Jones, Heath Doss, Amani Dunn, Devin Weaver, Amaia Jones, Matt Gibson, Donna Hutson (culinary arts instructor), Eric Mustain (auto body instructor).

On March 4 and 14, 42 students from Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center competed in the District III SkillsUSA Competitions held at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center and at Danville Community College.

There were a total of 28 competitions held at the district level where students could demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned within their Career and Technical Programs.

The following students won their District III Competitions and thus advanced to state competition:

  • Taylor Jones, Dan River High School, action skills
  • Matt Gibson, Gretna High School, auto body refinishing
  • Quin Motley, Chatham High School, CNC technician
  • Josh Koger, Dan River High School, CNC milling specialist
  • Jacob Wray, Tunstall High School, CNC milling specialist
  • Cole Worley, Gretna High School, precision machining technology
  • Lindsey Alderson, Chatham High School, commercial baking
  • Devin Weaver, Tunstall High School, criminal justice
  • Tony Buzzetta, Chatham High School, culinary arts
  • Amani Dunn, Tunstall High School, first aid/CPR
  • McKenzie Mattox, Gretna High School, first aid/CPR
  • Angie Varnadore, Gretna High School, first aid/CPR
  • Jessica Petty, Gretna High School, food prep assistant
  • Ryland Bagbey, Tunstall High School, industrial motor controls
  • Heath Doss, Gretna High School, industrial motor controls
  • Zaria Davis, Dan River High School, job interview
  • Amaia Jones, Dan River High School, job skill demo A
  • Traniece Stephens-Broadnax, Dan River High School, job skill demo open
  • Zowie Ramsey-Hancock, Gretna High School, promotional bulletin board.

On April 16 Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center students, teachers and administrators traveled to Fredericksburg to compete for the Virginia Championships and potentially qualify for National Competition in their respective competitions.

Out of the 19 competing at the state level, 12 earned honors in their competition areas. Of those 12 students medaling, six students won their state competition and will be competing at National Competition in June 2016.

  • Winning gold and advancing to national competition: Ryland Bagbey, Tunstall High School, industrial motor controls; Amaia Jones, Dan River High School, job skill demo A; Traniece Stephens-Broadnax, Dan River High School, job skill demo open; Quin Motley, Chatham High School, CNC technician; Collen Whitney, Chatham High School, CNC turning specialist; Jacob Wray, Tunstall High School, CNC Milling specialist. These students will compete at the National Competition in June in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Winning silver at the Virginia SkillsUSA Championships: Zaria Davis, Dan River High School, job interview; Taylor Jones, Dan River High School, action skills; McKenzie Mattox, Gretna High School, first aid/CPR; Jessica Petty, Gretna High School, food prep assistant; Cole Worley, Gretna High School, precision machining technology.
  • Winning bronze at the Virginia SkillsUSA Championships: Zowie Ramsey-Hancock, Gretna High School, promotional bulletin board.

We would like to thank Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center for reprint permission.

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