Wiregrass Tech students win at state competitions


April 5, 2012

Medical Terminology Medal Winners
Medical Terminology medal winners
(L-R) Sue Ray and Faye Dasher
Crime Scene Team
Crime Scene Investigation Team Gold Medal Winners (L–R) Donya Land, Olympia Boone, Traci Wynn

Valdosta, GA— Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) students recently brought home eleven gold, nine silver, and six bronze medals from SkillsUSA state competitions in Atlanta held March 15-17. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skills service occupations, including health occupations. The SkillsUSA program hosts local, state, and national competition for students to showcase their skills learned through hands-on training in the classroom.

“We are extremely proud of all of our students who competed at the State SkillsUSA event. It was a thrill to sit in the audience at the awards ceremony and hear the name “Wiregrass” called out in 26 of the 34 categories in which we competed,” stated Ray Perren, president of Wiregrass. “I am excited for our students going to national competition. I am even more proud of the fact that our success at Skills demonstrates the passion our instructors have for our students and for the career areas in which they teach. We pride ourselves in preparing our graduates to be job ready on day one. Our success at SkillsUSA shows that we are doing just that.”

WGTC students who competed and won gold include Henry McCray, of Lakeland, Florida, in automotive refinishing; Brandon Dow, of Tifton, in CNC Milling; Jonathan Reed, of Douglas, in Computer Maintenance Technology; Justin Baker, of Fitzgerald, in Computer Programming; Olympia Boone, of Ocilla, Donya Land, of Fitzgerald, and Tracy Wynn, of Fitzgerald, Crime Scene Investigation; Sue Ray, of Hahira, in Medical Terminology; Brenna Harris, of Ray City, and Carol Padgett, of Valdosta, in Occupational Health and Safety; Luke Thrift, of Douglas, in Prepared Speech; Ebony Barber, of Fitzgerald, in Residential Systems Installation; Raymond Massey, of Nicholls, in Sheet Metal; and Jeremy Vittitow, of Abbeville, in Telecommunications. These state-level gold-medal winners will go on to represent Wiregrass GA Tech at the SkillsUSA National Championships in June in Kansas City, Missouri.

Silver medal winners from WGTC were Jonathon Childs, of Hahira, in Auto Collision Repair; Casey O’Neil, of Ocilla, in Criminal Justice; Shequitta Adams, of Douglas, in Customer Service; Jared Corbett, of Lake Park, in Electrical Construction Wiring; Bobby Tyler, of Hahira, in Firefighting; Allen Travelstead, of Ocilla, in HVAC and Refrigeration; Chris Horne, of Nashville, in Job Interview; Faye Dasher, of Lake Park, in Medical Terminology; and Jeremy Johnson, of Fitzgerald, in Technical Computer Application.

Students who won bronze medals at the state level were Laura Dame, of Lake Park, in Advertising Design; Eleanor Altman, of Valdosta, in Esthetics; Duncan Jackson, of Quitman, in Extemporaneous Speaking; Gertrude Hooks, of Adel, in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio; Loyd Buchanan, of Greenville, Florida, in Industrial Motor Control; and Joe Hawkins, of Valdosta, Alberto Alvarez, of Valdosta, in Mechatronics.