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Calhoun Students win big at 2017 State-Wide SkillsUSA Competition

May 17, 2017

Several students representing Calhoun Community College earned top honors recently during a competition at the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership conference in Birmingham. 

The students earned a total of 15 medals, which included nine (9) first place, two (2) second place, and four (4) third place medals in competition.  The Calhoun winners were:

First Place Winners:

1st (Gold)

  • Architectural Drafting – Galina Alekseeva (Russian exchange student living in Decatur, Alabama)
  • Additive Manufacturing – Thomas Houston, Peoria, Illinois

        Collin Gaddes, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Engineering Technology/Design– Kathrin Peters, Gastonia, North Carolina

                                  Thomas Steele, Hartselle, Alabama

  • Technical Math– Rebecca Lee Game, Gurley, Alabama
  • Industrial Motor Controls – Jeremy Gann, Rogersville, Alabama
  • Residential Wiring – Clinton Buskirk – Athens, Alabama
  • Job Skill Demonstration (3D visuals and animation) – Stevi Dunn,  

Decatur, Alabama

Second Place Winners:

2nd (Silver)

  • Additive Manufacturing – Zachary Besherse, Fayetteville, Tennessee

        Matthew (Harley) Scott, Somerville, Alabama

Third Place Winners:

3rd- (Bronze)

  • Architectural Drafting – Kimberly Frank, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Customer Service– Tim Smith, Courtland, Alabama
  • Dual Enrollment Students-High School Division, Additive Manufacturing –

                                 Joshua Phillips, Huntsville, Alabama

                                  Marquis Myler, Huntsville, Alabama

All gold medal (first place) winners will automatically go on to compete at the 53rd SkillsUSA Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held on June 19-23, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, is a national non-profit organization devoted to preparing students for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. It serves more than 300,000 high school, college, and professional members.