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Wiregrass Tech students heading to national SkillsUSA competition


Front row, L to R – Wiregrass President DeAnnia Clements, Nadia Harris, Elaine Elder, Andrew Ngo, Lola Valler, Wilmer Calles, Eric Arroyo, and Wiregrass Director of Campus Life Kelley Wetherington. Back row, L to R – Nathaniel Gray, Brandon Howell, Joseph Durrah, MJ Johnson, Hayden Davis, Tatianna Conger, and Ryan Degner Submitted photo Front row, L to R – Wiregrass President DeAnnia Clements, Nadia Harris, Elaine Elder, Andrew Ngo, Lola Valler, Wilmer Calles, Eric Arroyo, and Wiregrass Director of Campus Life Kelley Wetherington. Back row, L to R – Nathaniel Gray, Brandon Howell, Joseph Durrah, MJ Johnson, Hayden Davis, Tatianna Conger, and Ryan Degner

Thirteen students from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College are headed to the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta this June after winning gold medals at the state-wide SkillsUSA Championship this past weekend. This was the first in-person competition since 2019.  The college had an exceptional showing bringing home 13 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals.  For the fourth year in a row, Wiregrass was recognized as a Gold Chapter of Distinction level award winner.  Once again, Wiregrass’ SkillsUSA Chapter was recognized as the Largest SkillsUSA Chapter with 105 members.

 

Wiregrass Director of Campus Life and SkillsUSA Lead Advisor, Kelley Wetherington, coordinates the chapter's community projects and sponsored three major events this year.  “De-Stress-ember” was held in December, providing Wiregrass employees and students an opportunity to destress before finals while also providing Neuromuscular Massage Therapy students the opportunity to complete state-required check-off sheets for specific job skills. Chapter members of SkillsUSA planned and executed the event for students and college employees. During Spring Semester, the chapter helped local animal shelters with a project called, “Keep the Critters Cozy and Their Kennels Clean.”  This was an opportunity for members to use problem-solving skills to determine how to support local animal shelters within the restrictions of COVID. The event committee collected specific items to help meet the needs of the local shelters. Lastly, the chapter was involved with “What’s in your brand?  Build a personal brand that works for you.”  The project’s goal was to help students improve interview skills and promote confidence in interview skills. In-person or virtual interviews were held for each participant, which allowed them to receive individual feedback from interviewers and advisors. 

Wiregrass President DeAnnia Clements shared, “It was wonderful to hear “Wiregrass’ called out so many times during the awards ceremony. The dedication of our instructors and advisors is evident in how well our students perform year after year. We congratulate these students, faculty, and advisors, and look forward to National SkillsUSA in Atlanta this June.”

 

These Wiregrass students who won gold will represent Wiregrass Georgia Tech at the SkillsUSA National Championships:

 

Wilmer Calles, Gaming Development, Valdosta Campus in 3-D Visualization and Animation

Tatianna Conger, Gaming Development, Valdosta Campus in 3-D Visualization and Animation

Hayden Davis, Precision Machining, Valdosta Campus in Automated Manufacturing Technology

Nathaniel Gray, CNC Specialist, Valdosta Campus in Automated Manufacturing Technology

MJ Johnson, Precision Machining, Valdosta Campus in Automated Manufacturing Technology

Elaine Elder, Culinary Arts, Valdosta Campus in Commercial Baking

Brandon Howell, Commercial Electrical Construction, Valdosta Campus in Electrical Construction Wiring

Lola Valler, Cosmetology, Valdosta Campus in Job Skill Demonstration Open

Eric Arroyo, Mechatronics, Valdosta Campus in Mechatronics

Joseph Durrah, Mechatronics, Valdosta Campus in Mechatronics

Nadia Harris, Design and Media Production, Valdosta Campus in Pin Design

Andrew Ngo, Computer Programming, Valdosta Campus in T-Shirt Design

Ryan Degner, Welding, Valdosta Campus in Welding Sculpture

 

 

Silver medal winners from Wiregrass were:

 

 

Darrellnette McCrae Stibbibs, Culinary Arts, Valdosta Campus in Culinary Arts

Adrian Malagon-Galvan, Cosmetology, Valdosta Campus in Job Skill Demonstration A

Aileen Jones, Practical Nursing, Valdosta Campus in Nurse Assisting

Noah Gunter, Design and Media Production, Valdosta Campus in Pin Design

 

 

Students who won bronze medals at the state level were:

 

 

Jonathon Wilson, Mechatronics, Valdosta Campus in Industrial Motor Control

Adasia Zackery, Nursing Technician, Valdosta Campus in Nurse Assisting

 

 

Other college participants include from the Valdosta Campus Aaron Parker, Keith Barron, David Grace, Tetiana Denysenko, Tedria Martin, and William Smith; and from the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus Shanterra Shelton.

 

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. 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. The SkillsUSA program hosts local, state, and national competitions for students to showcase their skills learned through hands-on training in the classroom.  For more information about Wiregrass’ SkillsUSA chapter or other student organizations and programs, visit wiregrass.edu. Wiregrass is hosting Free Application Week, March 14 – 18, Summer Semester classes begin on May 16.

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