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HCHS Students Mark High Placements at SkillsUSA Nationals

HCHS SkillsUSA Team

Pictured are the Hart County High School SkillsUSA National Convention participants. Pictured, from left to right, front row, are Georgia Tucker, Anna Hunt, Ethan Ho, middle row, Zion Lackey, Louiesa Gibbs, Jonathan McClain, back row, Katyln Howard, Aidan Gordon, and Ivan Martin.

Multiple Hart County High School students competed at the SkillsUSA National Championships held June 20-25 in Atlanta, Georgia at the World Congress Center, bringing home several high placements.

More than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competed hands-on in 108 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by industry. Leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Hart County High School’s Promotional Bulletin Board Team, consisting of Anna Hunt, Georgia Tucker and Ethan Ho, notched a 5th place national finish this year. The bulletin boards promote SkillsUSA, career and technical education in general, and related occupational information. An accompanying notebook documents the development and construction of the bulletin board, and an oral presentation explains the process, purpose and educational value.

Hart County High School’s Chapter Display Team, consisting of Zion Lackey, Katlyn Howell and Louiesa Gibbs, with Terriah Bush and Isbella Chapman assisting as well, earned 11th place this year in the competition. In the Chapter Display contest, a three-person team builds a three-dimensional display that articulates a national annual theme established by SkillsUSA. The members of the chapter build the display and three students present information about the display during a presentation and interview with judges.

Three Hart County High School students represented Georgia as voting delegates this year. SkillsUSA is a student-run organization, whereby student members are charged with the responsibility of governing the affairs associated with the student constitution. Over 600 young adults from all fifty states, who are geographically diverse and hold various leadership roles within their SkillsUSA chapters, come together to conduct the business of SkillsUSA. In total, Georgia only had 10 representatives, three of which are Hart County High School students  — what an honor! Hart County High School voting delegates were Aidan Gordon, Jonathan McClain, and Ivan Martin.