Nearly two-dozen Pulaski County High School students took home honors in the SkillsUSA competition recently held in Covington.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization, formerly known as VICA. It serves teachers, high school students and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
PCHS students taking home honors, and their areas of competition included:
• First place: Billy Davis, industrial motor control; Kaitlyn Rorrer, job interview; Brittany Gilbert, job skill demonstration open; Summer Rorrer and model Brooke Moore, nail care technology; Ashlee Simpkins, spelling; and Montana Hamilton, student of the year.
• Second place: Matt Holbrook, collision repair technology; Ashley Buckner, cosmetology; Kaitlyn Rorrer, customer service; Clinton Jones, industrial motor control; Dusty Dishon, job skill demonstration A; Joey Edmonds, job skill demonstration open; Nate Mitchem, residential wiring; Ashlee Simpkins, Joe Vaught, Andrew Whitt, Joey Edmonds and Ryan Dauel, Quiz Bowl team; Ashlee Simpkins, fantasy manikin; and Katie Rorrer and model Kristina O’Berry, esthetician.
• Third place: Cheyenne Whitlock, customer service and extemporaneous speaking; and C.J. Hicks, industrial motor control and residential wiring.
• Fifth place: Allyson Howard, fantasy manikin; and Justin Martin, collision repair.
• Sixth place: Montana Hamilton, cosmetology.
PCHS Career and Technical Education Administrator Peter Anderson said, " SkillsUSA gives students the opportunity to showcase their skills and only further validate the quality education they receive in Pulaski County."
The event was held at Jackson River Technical Center.
Some of the winners will advance to the state competition in Hampton April 23-25.
Cheyenne Whitlock is a candidate for State Officer for the 2010-11 school year. State officers represent their school, community and district at the state level and travel through out the state promoting SkillsUSA and its mission.