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OTC Students Place at State SkillsUSA Competition

Seventeen Okefenokee Technical College students competed at the SkillsUSA Georgia Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta March 15 – 17. The competitions, referred to as championships, allow students to take the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained in the classrooms and labs to a higher level, as contests are based on industry standards, and business leaders design and judge the competition.

The event was held primarily at the Georgia International Convention Center and Gateway Marriott Hotel, but competitions took place all across the metro area and beyond including Allan Vigil Ford, Heidelberg USA, Atlanta Technical College, Devry University, and West Georgia Technical College.

“I am incredibly proud of our students,” commented Eddie Murray, OTC SkillsUSA advisor. “They all should be commended for their efforts. We had an impressive group. In fact, OTC had more students compete this year at state, than ever before in the history of the organization.”

Representing OTC were Mara Carter, Job Skill Demonstration A; Octavious Clark, Related Technical Math; Joey Coombs, Welding Fabrication; Deidre Durance, Technical Computer Applications; Stacey Durance, Computer Maintenance Technology; Erick Gares, Welding; Johnny King, Welding Fabrication; Marcy Lee, Job Interview; Jan Prescott, Criminal Justice; Nick Ratliff, Welding Fabrication; Tammie Shaw, Cosmetology; Jackie Wallace, Promotional Bulletin Board and Prepared Speech; David Walters, Electronics Technology; Jonathan Williams, Medical Terminology; Monica Williams, Job Skill Demonstration; Jesseca Wolfe, Employment Application Process; and Lee Yokum, Extemporaneous Speaking.

The following students were medalists: Octavious Clark, silver medal in technical related math; Deidre Durance, gold medal in technical computer applications; Jackie Wallace, silver medal in prepared speech; David Walters, bronze medal in electronics technology; and Jesseca Wolfe, bronze medal in employment application process.

In order to be invited to nationals, SkillsUSA competitors must take 1st place at the state conference. Deidre Durance of Alma will travel to Kansas City June 23-27, 2012, to compete for Okefenokee Technical College at the 48th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

More than 15,000 people – including students, teachers, and business partners – are expected to participate in the week-long event, and more than 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners—will compete hands-on in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence in their chosen occupations.

Okefenokee Tech SkillsUSA advisors Debra Moody and Eddie Murray accompanied students to the state conference. They, along with SkillsUSA advisor Brent Clemmer, would like to thank Skills members who participated in competitions and all OTC instructors and staff who support the organization.

SkillsUSA Group Photo

Okefenokee Tech’s SkillsUSA organization had a record number of participants compete at the state leadership conference in Atlanta recently. Those competing were Jesseca Wolfe (front row, L to R), Debra Moody (co-advisor), Monica Williams, David Walters (back, L to R), Lee Yokum, Marcy Lee, Mara Carter, Tammie Shaw, Jonathan Williams, Jackie Wallace, Octavious Clark, Deidre Durance, Stacey Durance, Nick Ratliff, Erick Gares, Johnny King, Joey Coombs, and Jan Prescott.


Five OTC SkillsUSA students placed in the top five in their competition at the state SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in March. State medalists were Octavious Clark (L to R), silver medal in technical related math; Jackie Wallace,  silver medal in prepared speech; Jesseca Wolfe, bronze medal in employment application process; David Walters, bronze medal in electronics technology; and Deidre Durance, gold medal in technical computer applications. As a gold medalist, Mrs. Durance will compete at the national conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in June.


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