Rowan Cabarrus Community College Students Impress At National SKILLSUSA Competition
Sep 05, 2019 01:44PM
● By Kristy Huddle
from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College came away from this year’s national
SkillsUSA competition with medals in areas of expertise ranging from dental
assisting to plumbing, with Ashton White making history as she became the first
woman to capture two consecutive national championships in masonry.
College also was recognized as a Quality Chapter of Excellence and captured the
prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for the second year in a row,
thanks to more than 300 hours of volunteer work by dental assisting students
during the past year. Rowan-Cabarrus is the only school in North Carolina to
receive the service award.
with White, other students winning medals at the national competition in
Louisville, Kentucky were: Madison
Curlee, silver, dental assisting; Alex Myers, bronze, heating, ventilation and
air conditioning; Brent Offenberger, bronze, plumbing; Cody Hill, bronze,
electrical construction wiring; and Chris Basinger, fifth place, sheet metal.
“We are so proud of all of these talented students.
College is about more than just going to class. We encourage students to get
involved in organizations like SkillsUSA, which can take their education and
career prospects to the next level,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of
students also had their biggest and most successful showing to date at this
year’s state SkillsUSA competition. Along with those who competed in the
national competition, the following students won awards at the state level:
-- Cayce Magallanes (dental assisting); Latthaphum McDonald (job skills open).
Bronze -- Rowan-Cabarrus Health Knowledge Bowl team of radiography students Christina Alnajjar, Johnathan Head, Suvith Matt Thasy and Christina Wood; Donte Coleman (job skills open); Karunaker Donuru (heating, ventilation and air conditioning); Carrie Honbarger (dental assisting); Brandon Price (T-Shirt design); and Mark Livengood (high school welding).
Fourth place -- Brooke Urena (pin design). Fifth place -- Brianna Koehler (dental assisting); Joseph Howie (electrical construction wiring).
Rowan-Cabarrus students participating in the state competition were: Julian
Amaraz and Aaron Mims (welding); Ashley O’Neill (dental assisting); Vince
Bryant (graphic arts); and Angel Morales and Marshall Smith (automotive).
“Our students performed extremely well, and we were
pleased to hear so many Rowan-Cabarrus names called during the awards
ceremonies,” said Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technologies
instructor Jon Crockett. “SkillsUSA is a great program to help students prepare
to succeed in their careers and develop character, leadership and teamwork
year’s Rowan-Cabarrus SkillsUSA advisors are Brandon Hoffner and Lori Safrit,
welding; Kelly McCowan and Melissa Bell, radiography; Meredith Parker and
Amanda Myers, dental assisting; Jon Crockett, Joe Christie, Brian Barefoot,
Kevin Joines, Vixiene Keovilay and Larry Newcomb, AHR; Aaron Tallman, graphic
arts; James Hauss, electrical; Thomas Atwell and Carl Smith, automotive; and
Kao Vang, building trades.
is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry leaders working
together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce by providing students
with opportunities to gain personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills
grounded in academics. Outstanding career and technical education students
compete in more than 100 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.