Skills USA 2012-2013
East Hall High School students reach high, place high at Region SkillsUSA Competition
“This room is filled with champions because you have prepared yourself for success,” said North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton as she welcomed more than 300 participants and attending the January 24 SkillsUSA Region 2 High School Competition at North Georgia Technical College.
Those who place first or second in their contest will advance to the Georgia SkillsUSA Conference at the Georgia International Convention Center held March 21-23, 2013.
SkillsUSA Region 2 includes counties from Oglethorpe to Union and from Dawson to Hart. SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization and each year a series of over 100 competitions allow students to test their skills. The theme for this year is “Champions at Work: Prepared with the skills America needs.”
From East Hall High School, Taylor Echols placed first in Collision Repair Technology and Seth Trusty placed second in Power Equipment Technology. The Quiz Bowl team consisting of Brian Edwards, Zack Groover, Braden Jarrads and Hunter Warwick, came in third place as did Josh Bryant in Automotive Service Technology.
Also attending from East Hall High School were Eric Covarrubias in Advertising Design, Jacob Wade in Graphic Communications, and Alex Byers in Technical Drafting.
“As a high school student in Stephens County, I came to this competition here at North Georgia Tech,” said SkillsUSA State Director Ashley Brown, a Toccoa native. “Though I didn’t win the first year, I tried a new event and was successful. I encourage all of you, whether you win today or not, to continue to participate in SkillsUSA.”
The January 24 event began at 9:00 AM and ended with an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM in the NGTC Clegg Auditorium. Region II SkillsUSA coordinators include Jeff Bearinger from Lumpkin County High School, Chairperson Michael Hayes from Union County High School, Baker Pulliam from Chestatee High School, and Morris Harrison from North Georgia Technical College.
For more information on SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusageorgia.org.