SkillsUSA Wins Big at Nationals

skillsusa   Hart County’s SkillsUSA team was among the Georgia students who went to Louisville, Ky., June 24-28, for the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) and earned more medallions than any other state.

The conference is a  showcase of career and technical education students. This year, more than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students –– all first place state contest winners –– competed in 103 hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields.

Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their specialized occupations. The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation’s largest workforce development event for middle school, high school and post-secondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs.

Hart County High School took six students in four contests to the national competition. These students represented the best of Georgia in their areas. All 50 states had representatives at nationals. Georgia took 138 contestants as a state and placed 1st in the medallion count with 72 gold, silver and bronze medals.

“Georgia had 89 students who placed in the top 10. Hart County did a super job in representing Georgia,” said Vicky Carter, SkillsUSA coordinator for HCHS.
Hart County senior Tahtiyanna Maxwell placed fourth in Medical Terminology. She will be attending Toccoa Falls College this fall to continue her studies in nursing. Natasha Osborne is her Advisor.

The Chapter Display team Kassidy McClain, Logan Dowell and Carter Hunt placed seventh. The team is a combination of construction, graphic arts and drafting. Kassidy is working during the summer with Fabritex as a drafter. Logan is interested in the construction industry but is entertaining the idea of becoming a construction industry instructor. Carter is a rising Junior and is taking three pathways: Drafting, Graphic Arts and Auto Tech.

David Galvan placed 10th in Auto Refinishing, and in addition owns and operates David’s Paint and Body shop.

Ethan Sellars, who was in the HVAC division, placed in the top 50 percent of his group. Ethan is employed by McGee Heating and Air.

“Thank you to all the local businesses which made this trip possible. This trip would have not been possible without their support,” Carter said.

Two HCHS students received the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship. David Galvan and Ethan Sellars each received $1,000 for their essay on how they have benefited through participation in SkillsUSA and why they chose their particular trade or technical skill. Mike Carey, the students’ advisor, recommended both students for the scholarships.

Logan Dowell received a $2,500 scholarship from Fine Homebuilding’s “Keep Skills Alive” scholarship. This scholarship is given to SkillsUSA members who have a passion for their craft and are planning to continue their studies. Logan was one of two students in Georgia who received this scholarship