T&C students once again led the way as UVU tied for the national title at the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Championships held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri. Showcasing their career and technical skills, nine T&C students came away as national champions, earning gold medals in their respective fields. In addition, eight other T&C students finished second in the nation, winning silver medals. Plus, three more T&C students finished third in the nation, earning bronze medals. The 20 T&C students who earned medals helped UVU earn a first place tie with Florida’s Manatee Technical Institute. During the last 14 years, UVU has always been ranked among the top three in the nation thanks mainly to T&C students.
Impressively, ALL 27 T&C students who competed in Kansas City finished in the Nation’s top-10 in their competitions!
“This speaks volumes about the quality of students, faculty and programs we have at T&C,” 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 post-secondary national medals as UVU did as a single institution,” said Taylor.
Mike Rowe from the television series “Dirty Jobs” & “Deadliest Catch” also attended the championships. He chose T&C’s very own Paul Smith from the Culinary Arts Institute to film a special segment for his new TV series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”. Rowe spent nearly an hour filming a head-to-head cake decorating competition against Smith. T&C’s Smith, who won the gold in commercial baking, easily won the contest. “Mike Rowe was really a great guy,” said Smith. “Not only was he super funny, but he was actually really interested in learning from me. What an experience!”
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T&C Gold Medal Winners (National Champions):
Nathan Smith and Jonny Tanner – Audio/radio production;
Ryan Greenwood – Carpentry;
Gavin Johnson – Collision repair technology;
Paul Smith – Commercial baking;
Christopher Brinkerhoff, Rick Lovell and Casey Walker – Engineering technology/design;
Matthew Cannon – Related technical math.
T&C Silver Medal Winners (2nd place Nationally):
Steve Blauer, Herschel Clinger, Lissa Dowd, Katelyn Earl, Rachel Kearl and Travis Taylor-Chapter business procedure;
Jonathan Nixon – Industrial motor control;
Brayden Stevens – Technical drafting.
T&C Bronze Medal Winners (3rd place Nationally):
Doug Clemens – Automotive refinishing technology;
Justin Lewis – Cabinetmaking;
Kylie Brown – Restaurant service.
T&C had an additional 7 students place in the top 10 in Robotics and automation technology, Video production, Culinary arts, Diesel equipment technology, and Technical computer applications.