Students from the Grant Career Center Chapter of SkillsUSA brought back 11 state-qualifying medals from the South Central Regional Skill Championships held in early March at the Delaware Area Career Center North and South, Columbus State Community College, and the Sheet Metal Workers Local #24Apprenticeship Training Hall, all in the Columbus area.
Students bringing back first place gold medals for their events include Brooke Hollifield, Basic Health Care Skills, (Williamsburg); Courtney Pringle, Extemporaneous Speech, (Williamsburg); and Mercedes Featherkile, Nurse Assisting, (New Richmond).
Silver Medal winners include Willie Boys, Collision Repair, (Bethel-Tate); Chelsea Pennington, Prepared Speech, (Bethel-Tate); Dennis Sandker, Related Technical Math, (Bethel-Tate); and Dillon Smith, Technical Drafting, (Felicity-Franklin).
The Allied Health Science program fielded a Health Knowledge Bowl Team which earned a bronze medal. Team members include Laura Buckler (Felicity Franklin), Samantha Scott and Krista Sells (Williamsburg), and Chase Gleason (New Richmond).
All students winning gold, silver, or bronze medals have the opportunity to represent Grant Career Center at the state level competition in late April.
Other students competing in events at the regional level include: Jeremy Allphin, Carpentry, (Bethel-Tate); Ciara Raper, Cosmetology, (Felicity-Franklin); Randy Durbin, Medical Math, (New Richmond); Matt Warren, Welding, (Bethel-Tate); Brad Shinkle, Automotive Service, (Felicity-Franklin); and Kayla Cummins, Nail Care, (Bethel-Tate).
Assisting in the Nail Care demonstration was Sarah Foster, (Bethel-Tate).
The Opening and Closing Team also participated in the regional competition. Team members were: Taylor Malott and Melanie Jenkins (Williamsburg), Kristen Moran (Felicity-Franklin), Amanda Biggs (Bethel-Tate), and Ashley Strunk and Christy Smith (New Richmond).
The SkillsUSA program is a youth organization for students in the Allied Health Science, Auto Collision, Automotive Service Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Engineering Design, and Metal Fabrication programs at Grant. SkillsUSA helps students develop leadership skills, social skills and personal development through skill competition and club activities. Club advisors are Mr. Ron Akers, Mr. Doug Ayers, Mr. Ken Ayers, Mrs. Sue Goodman, Mr. Chad Graybill, Mr. Tobin Huebner, Mr. Ric Kruse, Mrs. Myrna Little, Mrs. Lori Messner, Mr. Mike Patten, Mr. Bill Pride, and Mr. Lyle Taylor.