NW Ge­or­gia’s best head­line Skill­sUSA, join 16,000 oth­ers

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - From press re­lease

Seven­teen Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege stu­dents will put their skills to the test against the best in the na­tion.

GNTC’s Skill­sUSA Team com­peted last week in the Na­tional Skill­sUSA com­pe­ti­tion held dur­ing the Na­tional Lead­er­ship and Skills Con­fer­ence in Louisville, Ken­tucky that ended on Fri­day, June 29.

More than 16,000 stu­dents, in­struc­tors, and busi­ness re­cruiters and part­ners are in at­ten­dance this week.To qual­ify for the na­tional team, GNTC com­peti­tors grabbed gold in 10 to­tal cat­e­gories on the state level ear­lier this year, best­ing last year’s mark of eight to­tal golds for the col­lege. This year’s group also in­cluded a pair of Polk County com­peti­tors as well.

With some of the cat­e­gories be­ing team com­pe­ti­tions, GNTC saw 17 stu­dents qual­ify for the chance to be the best in the na­tion at the state com­pe­ti­tion in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia.

The Bob­cats Skill­sUSA team brought home 10 state gold medals in these cat­e­gories: Brandy LeVan (Catoosa County), Pre­pared Speech; Chris Rober­son (Floyd County), Sheet Metal; Ja­cob Hargrove (Catoosa County), Weld­ing; Tristin Bethune (Walker County), Au­to­mo­tive Ser­vice Tech­nol­ogy; Taylor Ea­gle (Chat­tooga County), Res­i­den­tial Sys­tems In­stal­la­tion and Main­te­nance; Bran­don Bat­tles (Chat­tooga County), In­dus­trial Mo­tor Con­trols; Patricia Es­cu­tia (Polk County), Med­i­cal As­sist­ing; Stephen Bot­toms (Floyd County), Nathan Rit­tweger (Bar­tow County), and Tucker Tum­lin (Floyd County), Weld­ing Fab­ri­ca­tion Team; Marvin Pointer (Polk County), Noah Ranels (Gor­don County), Lo­gan Thomas (Gor­don County), and *HRUJH 6RWR :KLW¿HOG &RXQW\ 7HDPWorks; and Beck Maxwell (Bar­tow County), Jake Woodall (Floyd County), and Derek Walck (Floyd County), En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy/De­sign.

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