Seventy Santa Rosa County School District students enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programs at Locklin Technical Center competed in the Region 1 Skills USA Competition on February 4th & 5th. These students are enrolled in technical programs such as Applied Welding Technologies, Automotive Service Technology, Computer Systems & Information Technology, Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts, Electricity, Heating Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Tech, and Practical Nursing. During the two day event, competitions including comprehension-based exams, as well as hands-on skill assessments, were held at Locklin Tech, Pensacola State College Main Campus, and Haney Technical Center in Panama City. Both high school and adult students throughout Region 1 tested knowledge and skills learned in their respective program areas in an effort to qualify for the State Competition which will be held at the Pensacola Bay Center April 27th – April 30th.
Forty-five Locklin Tech students exhibited outstanding performances with twenty first place awards, seventeen second place awards, and eight third place awards in the following program areas:
Applied Welding Technologies (Justin Kolb, Instructor):
Welding Fabrication Team/Post-Secondary – Andrew Byron, Dwayne Castleberry, and Matthew Hinson 1st Place; Joshua Hosler, Matt Midyette, and Jonathon Roice 2nd Place.
Welding Sculpture/Post-Secondary – Ronald Castleberry 1st Place.
Automotive Service Technology (Joe Peirce, Instructor):
Secondary – Jonathan Thomas 2nd Place, and Joshua Carnley 3rd Place.
Post-Secondary – Donnie Graham 2nd Place.
Computer Systems and Information Technology (Ed Conley, Instructor):
Computer Maintenance Tech/ Post-Secondary – Cory Slade 1st Place, and Tom Moon 2nd Place.
Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts (Jolie Hullett, Instructor):
Commercial Baking/Post-Secondary – Suzanne Olsen 1st Place.
Electricity (Mike Adams, Instructor):
Electrical Construction Wiring/Secondary – Hunter Gill 1st Place, Joshua Franks 2nd Place, and Matthew Beckham 3rd Place.
Industrial Motor Control/Secondary – Alex Brummett 1st Place, and Chase Rubink 2nd Place.
Job Interview/Secondary – Chase Rubink 1st Place.
Electrical Construction Wiring/Post-Secondary – Sam Presutto 1st Place, Roberto Timbang 2nd Place, and Brandon Meadows 3rd Place.
Industrial Motor Control/Post-Secondary – Patrick Taylor 1st Place.
HVAC - Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (Joe Hamel, Instructor):
HVACR/Secondary – C.J. Hill 1st Place, and Dustin Fuller 2nd Place.
Practical Nursing (Tiffany York, Instructor):
Health Knowledge Bowl Team/Post-Secondary – Brettanie Block, Tracy Kent, Jessica Wilson, and Dusty Woitt 3rd Place.
Nursing Assistant/Post-Secondary – Sophia Gonzalez 1st Place, Madelyn Gonzalez 2nd Place, and Karra Graber 3rd Place.
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio/Post-Secondary – Paza Pringle 2nd Place.
Pharmacy Technician (Nicole Pritchett, Instructor):
Health Knowledge Bowl Team/Secondary – Sydney Allen, Taylor Dreher, Skyler Fisher, and Morgan Lundquist 1st Place.
Community Service Team/Post-Secondary – Susana Attaway, April Flores, and Georva Ruffin 1st Place.
Health Knowledge Bowl Team/Post-Secondary – Cayla Flowers, Cindy Lacomb, Jessica Lamar, and Lindsey Nece 2nd Place.
Medical Math/Post-Secondary – Robert Margist 2nd Place.
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry leaders working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. In addition, the organization provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Skills USA advisors and CTE instructors are trained to deliver high quality technical employability and academic skills to all students. All 1st and 2nd place winners will go on to compete in the State Skills USA Competition. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to all students who will be participating in the State Competition on April 27th – April 30th.
Locklin Tech would like to thank the following sponsors who contributed to the Region 1 Skills USA Competition: Bell Steele, Sequel Electrical Supply, and Winkles’ Pharmacy. If you are interested in making a contribution to help off-set the fees associated with students competing in Skills USA State and National Competitions, please contact Locklin Tech at 850.983.5700.