Georgia placed second in the U.S. for the number of medals awarded at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky. Georgia middle school, high school, and technical college students who progressed to the 2019 SkillsUSA National Conference, after winning at the state-level competition, brought home a combined total of 72 medals.
The top high school winner was Cambridge High School in Milton, Ga., with five medals. Other high school winning teams include North Cobb High School, Alliance Academy for Innovation, Harris County High School, West Laurens High School, Union Grove High School, and Lincoln County High School.
The top three Technical College System of Georgia college winners were Gwinnett Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College with 13 medals each, followed by Ogeechee Technical College with seven medals. The Dr. John Scott Award for highest scoring individual competitor in Georgia Postsecondary went to Foster Lester from Atlanta Technical College in the Job Interview contest. The Curtiss Bell Award for highest scoring team competitors in Georgia Postsecondary went to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies team—Abigale Baluta, Juan Islas, Ashley Palomino, Justin Perez, Jacqueline Sisley, Madison Thorpe, and Mikael Yoftahe—from Gwinnett Technical College.
“Every year, Georgia’s technical college students get the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to a national audience at the SkillsUSA National Competition,” said Matt Arthur, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “We are extremely proud of our students for their achievements as they represent the skilled workforce we develop every day for Georgia’s businesses and industries.”