UVU Claims National Title At SkillsUSA Championships
July 2, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
Utah Valley University tied for the national title at the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Championships held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Showcasing their career and technical skills, UVU students came away with 17 medals — eight gold, five silver and four bronze — and ranked first with Manatee Technical Institute from Bradenton, Fla. During the last 14 years, UVU has always been ranked among the top three in the nation.
“This speaks volumes about the quality of students, faculty and programs we have at UVU,” said Darin Taylor, director of UVU’s SkillsUSA. “I was impressed with how well our students represented Utah and the University. They were very committed and serious about their competitions and did their absolute best to win their respective competitions.”
Nearly 6,000 students from across the nation competed in 99 different trade, technical and management fields. The UVU students competed in 27 of the categories. “To bring this into perspective, there were 46 states that did not earn as many national post-secondary medals as UVU did as a single institution,” said Taylor.
Mike Rowe from the television series “Dirty Jobs” attended the championships and filmed a segment. He chose UVU’s Paul Smith from culinary arts to be a part of his new TV series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe spent nearly an hour of filming in a head-to-head cake decorating competition against Smith. Smith, who won the gold in commercial baking, won the contest.
UVU set a new university best by winning in 17 different contest categories, compared to its best set in 2008 with 14 categories won.
Gold medals winners included: Nathan Smith and Jonny Tanner, audio/radio production team; Ryan Greenwood, carpentry; Gavin Johnson, collision repair technology; Paul Smith, commercial baking; Christopher Brinkerhoff, Rick Lovell and Casey Walker, engineering technology/design team; Karianne Hutchinson, pin design; and Matthew Cannon, related technical math.
Silver medal winners included: Steve Blauer, Herschel Clinger, Lissa Dowd, Katelyn Earl, Rachel Kearl and Travis Taylor, chapter business procedure team; Taylor Cabe, Samantha Cherry and Alyssa Cueva, crime scene investigation team; Jonathan Nixon, industrial motor control; Joshua Fowlke, T-shirt design; and Brayden Stevens, technical drafting.
Bronze medals winners included: Doug Clemens, automotive refinishing technology; Justin Lewis, cabinetmaking; Jared Orum, fire fighting; and Kylie Brown, restaurant service.
UVU had an additional 15 students place in the top 10 in robotics and automation technology, video production, culinary arts, job interview, medical math, medical terminology, first aid/CPR, diesel equipment technology, health knowledge bowl and technical computer applications.