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33 Medals Won in State SkillsUSA Event

33 Medals Won in State SkillsUSA Event(Posted: April 11, 2012)

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students and students in the Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS won a total of 33 medals – 22 of them gold medals – in the 2012 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.

Awards were given in both secondary and post-secondary divisions and included gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third places. Gold medal winners in both the post-secondary and secondary will represent Arkansas at the National SkillsUSA competition June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.

WATC AWARD WINNERS

Branch: Tracey Edwards, Charleston High School, gold in Pipe Welding.

Cedarville: Morgan Godfrey, silver in 3D Visualization and Animation (team of 2); and Kyla Hyatt, Cedarville High School, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of 4).

Fort Smith: David Havel, Greenwood High School, gold in 3D Visualization and Animation; Tristan Jewell, Southside High School, bronze in Pre-school Teaching Assistant; Maria Quezada, Northside High School, gold in Technical Drafting; Brett Sutton, Greenwood High School, gold in 3D Visualization and Animation; Benjamin Truong, Northside High School, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl; and Jori Truong, Van Buren High School, bronze in Welding Fabrication (team of 3).

Greenwood: Andrew Jackson, Greenwood High School, bronze in Welding Fabrication.

Lavaca: Daniel Romo, Lavaca High School, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl; and Lindsay Sayasone, Charleston High School, bronze in First Aid/CPR.

Mansfield: Sarah Peary, Mansfield High School, gold medal in Health Knowledge Bowl.

Mountainburg: Eric Behm, Van Buren High School, silver in 3D Visualization and Animation.

Natural Dam: Maria Brown, Cedarville High School, silver in Pre-school Teaching Assistant.

Ratcliff: Dustin Kellogg, County Line High School, bronze in Welding Fabrication; and Megan Stephenson, County Line High School, gold in Pre-school Teaching Assistant.

Van Buren: Zackery McClain, Van Buren High School, gold in Diesel Equipment; and Joshua Sangster, Van Buren High School, gold in Technical Computer Applications.

Waldron: Anali Benavides and Michael Hanna, both from Waldron High School, gold in Web Design (team of 2).

POST-SECONDARY AWARD WINNERS

Bentonville: Alex Cornell, gold in Architectural Drafting.

Fayetteville: Ebony Yang, silver in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Fort Smith: Yukari Anada, gold in Prepared Speech; Elisandra Bueno, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl; Justine Goossens, silver in Residential Wiring; Allison Kelley, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl; Joel Mendez, bronze in Electronics Technology; Jarrod Ramsey, gold in Advertising Design; and Phonethip Ratsamy, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl.

Greenwood: Chyanne Hawkins, gold in Nurse Assisting.

Roland, Okla.: Ramie Bise, gold in Health Knowledge Bowl.

Van Buren: Sebastian Bossarte, gold in Computer Programming.

In addition to the medals, WATC gold medal winners receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship to attend UAFS, WATC silver medal winners receive a four-year $750 scholarship to attend UAFS and WATC bronze award winners receive a four-year $500 scholarship to attend UAFS.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for both high school and college students. The organization is designed to provide quality educational experiences for students enrolled in technical, skilled and service programs.

The Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS is an area secondary center serving a five-county area. WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credits in automotive technology, computer-aided drafting and design, criminal justice, early childhood education, electronics technology, engineering, graphic design, health sciences, information technology and welding technology.



Article by: Jamie Pair, Assistant Director, Western Arkansas Technical Center
Photo(s) by: Travis Brown, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

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