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SOWELA Students Win 21 Medals at Louisiana SkillsUSA Competition


LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 1, 2018

SOWELA Technical Community College students attended the statewide SkillsUSA competition April 19-20. The competition was also hosted by the College. SkillsUSA provides students with an opportunity to highlight their expertise in a variety of occupations for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze medals in different categories. SOWELA students won a total of 21 medals.

Category winners include Aspen Keel, gold, and Ayasha Gillespie, silver, for Advertising Design; Kylah Marcantel, gold, for Architectural Drafting; Rebecca Burch, silver, and Abigail Milligan, bronze, for Commercial Baking; Sierra Neugent, Justin Trahan, and John Janise, gold, for Crime Scene Investigation; Tyler Kyeer, gold, Dameon Fuselier, bronze, for Culinary Arts; LaShondra George, gold, for Medical Terminology; Michael Vidrine, gold, Adam Benoit, silver, and Morgan Jordan, bronze, for Nurse Assistant; Brookin Alexander, silver, for Photography; Vincent Reed, bronze, for Practical Nursing; Joel Dees, gold, for Prepared Speech; Bethany Parker, gold, for T-shirt Design; Sky McMillian and David Sonnier, gold, for Video Production; Tyler Fitkin and Jade Higginbotham, gold, and Henry McCall and Jessie Neil, bronze, for Web Design; and Michael Crisafulli, silver, for Welding.

Gold medalists will move to the SkillsUSA national competition held in June to compete with state winners from around the country. In addition, SOWELA students Brittany Ducote and Jacqueline Limbrick were also voted in as SkillsUSA state officers for Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively. They will also attend the national competition and meet with officers from around the country.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens as it improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce. SkillsUSA supports its student members through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students.

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 80 years.