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Calhoun Students Win Big at State-Wide SkillsUSA Competition

April 27, 2016

Several students representing Calhoun Community College recently attended the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership conference, held April 19-21, 2016, in Birmingham.

The students earned a total of 14 medals, which included six first place, three second place, and five third place medals in competition.   The Calhoun winners were: 

First Place Winners (Gold):

  • Architectural Drafting – Caleb Kobeck- Ardmore, Alabama
  • Additive Manufacturing – Kyle Brakke, Decatur, Alabama & Collin Gaddes, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Related Technical Math – Ms. Lee Game, Gurley, Alabama
  • Customer Service – Tim Smith, Courtland, Alabama
  • Electrical Construction Wiring – Nathan Steele, Decatur, Alabama

Second Place Winners (Silver):

  • Architectural Drafting – Lakin Lovett, Moulton, Alabama
  • Additive Manufacturing – Alexander Hurston, Madison, Alabama & Matthew Harley Scott, Huntsville, Alabama

Third Place Winners (Bronze):

  • Architectural Drafting – Jazim Valdez, Hartselle, Alabama
  • Additive Manufacturing – Zack Besherse, Fayetteville, Tennessee & Kaitlin Green, Ardmore, Tennessee
  • Electrical Construction Wiring – Dustin Davis, Grant, Alabama
  • Industrial Motor Controls – Nathan Funkhouser, Ardmore, Alabama

All gold medal (first place) winners will automatically go on to compete at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY. 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. 

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