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CVCC SkillsUSA chapter wins 51 competitio­n medals

- BY CODY DALTON CATAWBA VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The Catawba Valley Community College SkillsUSA chapter won 51 competitio­n medals during the 2022 SkillsUSA State Conference, which was held this past weekend in Greensboro.

The previous record for SkillsUSA medals at Catawba Valley Community College was 36 set last spring.

“Our faculty are the life force of our college, and they are the reason our SkillsUSA Chapter is soaring,” said Tammy Muller, Executive Director of Strategic Business Partnershi­ps & Skills USA. “Through their hard work and commitment, they are always looking for ways to engage students and prepare them for success. SkillsUSA provides the tools to do both.”

Of the medals, 19 were gold, 15 were silver, six were bronze, seven were fourth place and five were fifth place.

A total of 69 students representi­ng Catawba Valley Community College and CVCC’s Career College Promise (CCP) program participat­ed in the event in 28 total categories.

Taking home gold medals were Emma Maltba (Advertisin­g Design); Dylan Steinmetz (CNC Milling Specialist); Patrick Welch (CNC Technician), Tristan King and Pablo Becerril-Osorni (Digital Cinema Production); Jody Laws, Gabriel Marks and Landon Rao (Engineerin­g Technology & Design); Lauren Land, Makala Pittman, Luke Towery and Charlotte Zimmerman (Entreprene­urship); Chase Collins (Extemporan­eous Speaking); Christophe­r Galan-Duran (Medical Math); Phoebe Stewart (Photograph­y); Jamie Bruckmann (Pin Design); Danielle Malanowski (Prepared Speech); Markus Moore (Prepared Speech);

Brooks Kahn and Luke Holsclaw (Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue); Joshua Rodriguez (Screen Printing); Travis Booher (Technical Drafting); and Braden Huffman (Welding).

Silver medal winners included Luis Gonzales (Advertisin­gDesign);Kislev Jared Perez-Gutierrez (CNC Turning Specialist); Isabella Tupman (Customer Service); Britney Sermon and Nora Kehrley (Digital Cinema Production); Canyon Echerd (Electrical Constructi­on Wiring); Briana Stoots (Fantasy Hair & Makeup); Phiona Patel, Aesha Patel and Antony Shaju-Ponmany (Health Knowledge Bowl); Luke Loftin and Dakota London (Mobile Robotics); Valeria Ardila-Hoyos (Photograph­y); Rosemary Moua (Pin Design); Abril Banda (Prepared Speech); James Duncan, Clara Garrison, John Moore, Khanh Nguyen, Emma Travis, Andrea Wise and Mischa Xiong (Quiz Bowl); Anna Elliott (Screen Printing); Carter Cockeram and Colten Matthews (Welding).

Receiving bronze medals were Rhonda McClellan (Cosmetolog­y); Brayden Shook (Electrical Constructi­on Wiring); Jordan Daniels (Fantasy Hair & Makeup); Yoselin Rodriguez (Photograph­y); Haley Anderson (Prepared

Speech); and Isaac Rueda (Welding).

Fourth-place medal winners included Tristan Buff (CNC Milling Specialist); Lee Develle (CNC Technician); Angelina Prendergas­t (Customer Service); Cayla Colvalansk­i (Job Interview); Chloe Scott (Photograph­y); Isabel Sarria-Torres (Prepared Speech); and Benjamin Campbell (T-Shirt Design).

Students earning fifthplace honors included Philip Miller and Riley Houk (Electrical Constructi­on Wiring); Sarah Johnson (Fantasy Hair & Makeup); and Kadee Burleson (T-Shirt Design).

Overall, Catawba Valley Community College received a gold medal for SkillsUSA Outstandin­g Chapter, which was presented by Ashley Burgin, Shelby Hood and Stephanie Huitron,and CVCC received the Model of Excellence chapter recognitio­n.

All of the gold medal winners will be competing in the SkillsUSA National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., which takes place on June 20-24.

To learn more about the SkillsUSA program at CVCC, visit https://bit. ly/3gwWnPR or contact Tammy Muller at 828327-7000 x4323 or email tmuller@cvcc.edu

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