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RALPH R. WILLIS CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER STUDENTS WIN AT THE WV SKILLSUSA COMPETITIONS
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Nineteen students from Ralph R. Willis Career & Technical Center (RRWCTC) participated in the annual SkillsUSA State Championship competitions. The annual competition determines the “best of the best” from many programs of study for students throughout the state.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations fields.  It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championship competitions annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen fields. Students who win gold (1st place) will compete in the national competition that will be held in Louisville, Ky.

The annual two-day state competition was held on April 14th at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV. The students from Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center represented all three-high schools in Logan County- Chapmanville Regional High, Logan High and Man High.

Kayla Toler, a student from Kim Brown’s Therapeutic Services program ran for a WV SkillsUSA State Officer position and was elected as the new WV SkillsUSA State President. She also competed in Medical Terminology and won a bronze medal (3rd place). Paige Woodall, a student from Kim Brown’s Therapeutic Services program competed in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio and won a gold medal (1st place). She will be competing in the national competition in Louiville, KY. Amber Richards, a student from Kim Brown’s Therapeutic Services program competed in Prepared Speech and won a silver medal (2nd place).

Cameron Miller and Kitana Stollings, students from Becky Keathley’s Computer Technology program, won silver medals (2nd place) in the Web Design competition. The competition required students to design and develop a WV tourism web site.

Taylor Killen, a student from Eddie Kirkendoll’s Electrical Technology program and Noah Hurst, a student from Cliff Motes’ Automotive Technology program won bonze medals (3rd place) in the Mobile Robotics competion. They were tasked with building a robot that would stack cones and move them into scoring zones.

Isaac Lambert, a student from Jack Frye’s Machine Tool program won a silver medal (2nd place) in the CNC Milling competition. Nick Vance, also a student from Jack Frye’s program won a bronze medal (3rd place) in the Manual Lathe competition.

Jared McCoy, a student in Cliff Motes’ Automotive Technology program won 4th place in the Automotive Service Technology competition. Jayleigh Riley, a student in Teresa Justice’s program won 4th place in the Restaurant Services competition.

The following students also competed in the WV SkillsUSA competitions and represented their programs from RRWCTC:

  • Haylea Bumgarner from Teresa Justice’s Pro-Start program competed in the Culinary Arts competition
  • Aleah Carpenter from Teresa Justice’s Pro-Start program competed in the Commercial Baking competition
  • Andrew Adkins, Trey Gillman, Caleb Dillon from Jerry Frye’s Industrial Equipment Technology program competed in the Welding Fabrication competition
  • Floyd Bumgarner from Bill Wilcox’s HVAC&R program competed in the HVAC&R competition
  • Micheal Ellis from Eddie Kirkendoll’s Electrical Techology program competed in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition

RRWCTC would like to thank the Logan Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Logan County Schools and the Logan County Commission for their generous contributions, so that our students would have the opportunity to compete in the WV SkillsUSA competitions this year. Also, a big thank you to the students of RRWCTC who worked throughout the school year to help raise proceeds to offset the costs of the competitions.

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