Louisiana Community and Technical College System announces winners from 2018 SkillsUSA state championships

Louisiana Community and Technical College System announces winners from 2018  SkillsUSA state championships

Baton Rouge, La -- On April 19 and 20, two-year college students from across the state competed in the 35th annual SkillsUSA Louisiana Post-secondary Championships hosted by SOWELA Technical Community College.

More than 200 community and technical college students matched their abilities against their peers' in various career and

technical education contests, which were designed and  judged by over 63 experts from local business and industry. More than one hundred medals were awarded, 52 gold, 27 silver, and 23 bronze. This year's competition was one of the largest in its history.  Gold medal winners are now eligible to compete in the national SkillsUSA championships in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 25-29, 2018.

"We are proud of the effort displayed by our student competitors at the SkillsUSA state championships," said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. "This competition allows students to put into practice what they learn in our classrooms and labs. The categories and the programs we offer are aligned with statewide labor demands, and are at the core of what our colleges do every day, which is preparing students for the workforce and real-life experiences in a competitive environment."

Participants competed in 37 skill areas including architectural drafting, collision repair technology, culinary arts, electrical, industrial motor control, practical nursing, welding, early childhood education and other in-demand career fields.

State Officer elections were also held at the competition. The 2018 officers are Kimberly Hayes, president, Baton Rouge Community College; Brittany Ducote, vice president, SOWELA Technical Community College; Jacqueline Limbrick, secretary/treasurer, SOWELA Technical Community College; Sara Patterson, reporter/historian, Bossier Parish Community College; and, Emily Barmore, parliamentarian, Bossier Parish Community College .       

SkillsUSA is a national organization with more than 300,000 members and is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens and prepares students with employability skills that industry values.

The complete list of medalists are below.


Action Skills

Cody M. Reitz, BPCC

Advertising Design

Aspen Keel, SOWELA TCC

Ayasha Gillespie, SOWELA TCC Justin Kimes, BPCC
Architectural Drafting Kylah Marcantel, SOWELA TCC Cory Rogers, BRCC  

Audio/Radio Production

C. Welch

D. Landsbury, BPCC


Automotive Service Technology

Matthew Lugo, Delgado

Juston Fruge, Delgado

Brandon Lefebvre, Delgado

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Christopher Bellocq, BRCC

Matthew Jones, BRCC

Bryce John Cornwell, BRCC

Broadcast News Production

Sarah Patterson, Emily Barmore, Alex Richardson, Daniel Foots, BPCC

Commercial Banking JaRee Kelly, SLCC

Rebecca Burch, SOWELA TCC

Abigail Milligan, SLCC

Crime Scene Investigation John Janise, Sierra Neugent, Justin Trahan, SOWELA TCC    
Criminal Justice Jacob Flower, NTCC    
Culinary Arts Tyler Kyeer, SOWELA TCC

Crystal Joseph, SLCC

Dameon Fusilier, SLCC

Customer Service Ashley Augustine, SLTCC Ivan Huffman, CLTCC

Shawntell McKay, CLTCC

Diesel Equipment Technology Edmond Burk, SLCC Alex Vidrine, SOWELA TCC Ethan Acquistapace, NTCC
Digital Cinema Production Christopher Hale, William Jolley, BPCC    
Early Childhood Education Jamaica Young, NTCC Allie Wilkerson, NTCC  
Electrical Construction Wiring Michael Plaisance, Fletcher TCC Jeremiah Slocum, NTCC Louis Haynes, NWLTC
Employment Application Process Anna Paden, BPCC    
Extemporaneous Speaking Kimberly Hayes, BRCC    
First Aid/CPR Leslie Bean, Nunez Community College Quashhondr Morris-Powell, NTCC Caleb Parker, Nunez Community College
Health Knowledge Bowl Christian Johnson, Tristien Dupuy, Devin Jeansonne, Carroll Blanchard, CLTCC Sadie Sharp, Janett Chaisson, Emily Glascock, Chara Bankston, NTCC Amanda Rutledge, Cheyanne Morse, Katelyn Fortenberry, Hannah Billek, NTCC
Information Technology Services Brock Gerald, NTCC Ashton Orlando, NTCC Luke McLean, SCLTC
Job Interview Chaelyn Newton, SU Kimberly Hayes, BRCC Katie Simon, SOWELA TCC
Job Skill Demonstration Open Chaelyn Newton, SU Gary Cheramie, SCLTC  
Medical Math Samantha Jinnah, NTCC Caitlin Cummings, CLTCC Emily Glascock, NTCC
Medical Terminology Lashondra George, SOWELA TCC Tristin Dupuy, CLTCC Christian Johnson, CLTCC

Nurse Assisting

Michael Vidrine, SOWELA TCC Adam Benoit, SOWELA TCC Lashondra George, SOWELA TCC
Opening and Closing Ceremonies Shamari Jackson, Ashley McElroy, Mary Trekkell, Silas Schroeder, Tiffany Odom, Courtney Saulsbury, David Lounsbury, BPCC    
Photography Tiffany Odom, BPCC Brookin Alexander, SOWELA TCC Silas Schroeder, BPCC
Pin Design Alex Richardson, BPCC Justin Lee, BPCC Taraia Jackson, NWLTC
Practical Nursing Tammy Hendricks, CLTCC Tristien Dupuy, CLTCC Vincent Reed, SOWELA TCC
Prepared Speech Joel Dees, SOWELA TCC    
Restaurant Service Caitlin Kraftt, SLCC    
T-Shirt Design Bethany Parker, SOWELA TCC Alex Richardson, BPCC Sherry Ayers, BPCC
Television (Video) Production David Sonnier, Sky McMillan, SOWELA TCC Dillon Procell, James French, BPCC  
Web Design Jade Higginbotham, Tyler Fitkin, SOWELA TCC Jesse Neal, Henry McCall, SOWELA TCC  
Welding Cody Farrington, CLTCC Michael Crisafulli, SOWELA TCC Ryan Lovasz, CLTCC

About Louisiana's community and technical colleges:

Last year, Louisiana's community and technical colleges served and provided instruction to over 131,000 students, transferred over 15,000 students to four-year institutions across the country, and graduated 28,853 students - the largest graduating class in the system's history. Our colleges have earned a national reputation as colleges of excellence and as shining examples of efficiency and productivity. In 2016, Lumina Foundation, one of the nation's most respected educational and philanthropic organizations commissioned that Louisiana has the highest percentage in the nation of working age adults who hold a high-quality post-secondary certificate and that the state's overall degree attainment rate improved from 48th to 26th in the nation.