Toccoa Student Among NGTC SkillsUSA Winners

A Toccoa student at North Georgia Technical College is one of nine headed to the national SkillsUSA contest later this year.

Jamie Mayes of Toccoa took first place in Marine Service Technology at last month’s Georgia SkillsUSA competition.

Mayes is one of nine first place winners that will participate in June’s national competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization with chapters at high schools and colleges across the country. The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management in the industries and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.

In all, 38 students from 15 programs at North Georgia Technical College competed at the state SkillsUSA competition and a total of 20 medals were won.

North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton says that the school is very proud of all of its students for their showing at the state SkillsUSA competition. She also commended the faculty for teaching the skills needed to excel in both the competition and in the workplace.

NGTC representatives at the state SkillsUSA competition were:

First Place: Television (Video) Production team of Robert Kennell of Demorest and Zach Moon of Clayton; Frank Zayas of Buford in Photography; Eric Allen of Canon in Electrical Construction Wiring; Frank Johnson of Clayton in Heating, Ventilation, AC and Refrigeration; David Morris of Dahlonega in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jamie Mayes Toccoa in Marine Service Technology; and the Digital Cinema Production team of Foster Peters of Buford and Stephen Sanders of Lula.

Second place: James Skinner of Marietta in Marine Service Technology.

Third place: Tyler Duly of Toccoa in CNC Milling Technology, Bradley Thurmond of Carnesville in CNC Turning Technology, Tracey Calvin of Carnesville in Food & Beverage Service, Jeffrey Eckel of Sugar Hill in Marine Service Technology, and Gage Putnam of Blue Ridge in Photography; the Mechatronics team with Kyle Chitwood of Martin and Adam Fulbright of Canon, and the Crime Scene Investigation team with Levi Hulsey of Cleveland, Taylor McBee of Douglasville, and Gabriel Orozco of Clarkesville.

Also testing their skills at the State level this year were Chris Howland of Cornelia in Automotive Service Technology, Joshua Christy of Tiger in Computer Maintenance Technology, Stacy Rhodes of Mineral Bluff in Cosmetology, Adreona Howard of Toccoa in Criminal Justice, Brittany Duncan-Conley of Lavonia in Culinary arts, Sharon Alicea of Cleveland in Customer Service, James Fryery of Lula in Industrial Motor Control, Micah McMillan of Gainesville in Marine Service Technology, Alan Belcher of South Carolina in Motorcycle Service Technology, Gerald Paraday, III of Hinesville in Motorcycle Service Technology, Zack Williams of Blairsville in Motorcycle Service Technology, Melissa Henderson of Clarkesville in Photography, Michael Ragsdale of Athens in Welding, and the Welding Fabrication Technology team with Keith Garrett of Clarkesville, Matthew Jackson of Martin, and Thomas Parker of Toccoa. Sandra Gulle of Sautee-Nacoochee and Sheilia Ivie of Cornelia will soon compete in the Medical Assisting competition when it is scheduled.