North Georgia Technical students bring home top awards

Pictured (front, L to R): Britton Bartlett; Dr. Martha Marquardt, Registered Nursing advisor; Scarlett Jack; Christian Ogden; NGTC President John Wilkinson; Jessica Skeens; Erin Bladowski; Emily Sullens, NGTC SkillsUSA advisor; (middle, L to R) Fernando Arenas, Welding advisor; Dusty Bolman, Welding advisor; Ronnie Ayers, Welding advisor; Stephanie Pittman; Ashley Logan; Britney Carter; Presley Arp; Hannah Ritchie; Rebekah Glazier; Heidi Morris; Noah Casey; Ryleah Campbell; Ramon Fuentes; NGTC Dean of Academic Affairs Michelle Likins; Sharon McFarland, Practical Nursing advisor; (back, L to R) Austin Hopper, Welding advisor; John Bleckley, Welding advisor; Brad Ayonon; Russell Dollar; Gracie Birmingham; Gabriel Summers; Trevor Couch; Gerald Barker; Johnathan Brown; and Chris Haley, Advanced Manufacturing advisor.

North Georgia Technical College students brought home 12 medals from the recent statewide SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta. Three of the students earned gold medals and will return to Atlanta for the national competition in June.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization that develops citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills. Competitions are held annually at the chapter, state, and national levels.

NGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander praised the students’ outstanding achievements.

“Their unwavering dedication, diligence, and pursuit of excellence epitomize the exemplary standards of our institution, highlighting the exceptional talent and preparation nurtured by our tremendous faculty,” said Glander.

Gold medalists

This year’s NGTC gold medal winners are photography students Riley Moody of Clarkesville, Ga., and Sydney Luiz of Fortson in television (video) production, and Lauren Andrews of Cumming in photography. They will advance to the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference and Competition June 24-28.

Silver medalists

Culinary arts students Carson Lofton of Jasper and Ryleah Campbell of Copperhill, Tenn., claimed silver in baking and pastry arts and restaurant service, respectively. Photography students Caitlin Flowers of Cleveland and Elias Arrendale of Demorest received silver in television (video) production. Registered nursing student Christian Ogden of Ellijay claimed silver in medical math. Welding technology students Brad Ayonon of Cleveland, Kaitlyn Crosby of Mount Airy, and Russell Dollar of Covington earned silver in welding fabrication. Britton Bartlett of Cleveland claimed silver in welding.

Bronze medalists

Students receiving bronze medals were culinary arts student Noah Casey of Clarkesville in culinary arts; automotive collision repair student Angel Santaclara of Cornelia in collision repair technology; advanced manufacturing students Gerald Barker of Eastanollee and Johnathan Brown of Hartwell in mechatronics; and practical nursing student Britney Carter of Ellijay in first aid – CPR.

Other NGTC competitors

Other students who competed and represented NGTC included automotive collision repair students Francisco Hernandez of Alto and Elijah Garmon of Mount Airy; culinary arts student Ramon Fuentes of Alto; Elain Brown of Clarkesville, Connor Cochran of Peachtree City, Samantha Collari of Dacula, Emma-Rose Sarnowski of Flowery Branch, Melsawn Reid of Dacula, Erin Bladowski of Toccoa, Dre Bowman of Lavonia; practical nursing students Presley Arp of Epworth, Jessica Skeens of Jasper, Ashley Logan of Jasper, Stephanie Pittman of Blue Ridge, Rebekah Glazier of Blairsville, Heidi Morris of Blairsville, Gabriel Summers of Blue Ridge, and Scarlett Jack of Suches; and registered nursing students Hannah Ritchie of Blue Ridge, Gracie Birmingham of Blue Ridge, and Trevor Couch of Mineral Bluff.

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