T&C Students Bring Home 17 Medals!

The medals just keep on coming for the College of Technology and Computing!

Seventeen T&C students returned from the 2010 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City with medals around their necks and a ton of prizes under their arms.

Held in Kansas City, June 22-25, the SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America every year at an estimated cost of more than $35 million. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist, having first competed and won at the State level.

This year UVU sent a total of 29 students to compete. In all, 5,600 U.S. students competed in a total of 96 different categories of competition.

“This was a very young batch of competitors meaning not many of them had been to the National Championships before,” said Darin Taylor, EGDT Department Chair and the Director for UVU’s SkillsUSA program. “But they really did great and many of them already plan on being back next year and bringing home a lot more gold medals!”

At the Utah state competition, UVU students earned the right to compete in 20 different contest categories on the national level.  After the week long national competition, eighteen Utah Valley University students brought home medals, including 17 T&C students.  To bring this into perspective, there were 42 states that did not earn as many national medals as UVU did as an individual institution.

Much like the Olympics, an overall ranking is determined by the total medal count earned during the national competition.  This year, UVU ranked #3 for colleges and universities in the United States.  Over the last ten years UVU has been ranked #3 or better in the nation.  This speaks volumes about the quality of students, faculty and programs at UVU.

Check out the pictures from the competition by clicking this sentence.

(tip – to see larger pics, click Slideshow in the upper right corner)

The eighteen students who won medals are listed below with their category of competition. Along with a medal, each winner received a prize package which varied according to their category. UVU winners came home with thousands of dollars worth of tools, cameras, computers, gift cards and other cool prizes.

Gold Medal Winners:
Nathan Jackson – Carpentry
Jared Hawkins – Screen Printing

Silver Medal Winners:
Jason Nielson – Automotive Refinishing
Luke Eddleman – Chapter Business Procedure
Alana Wolfgang-Duran – Chapter Business Procedure
Kevin Goodwin – Chapter Business Procedure
John Wheeler – Chapter Business Procedure
Phil Kinsey – Chapter Business Procedure
Doug Wagstaff – Chapter Business Procedure
Klinton Epperson – Crime Scene Investigation
Emily Pagano – Crime Scene Investigation
Aaron Hall – Crime Scene Investigation
Jared Liljenquist – Related Technical Math
Chris Chileshe – Technical Computer Applications
Michael Gleason – Technical Drafting

Bronze Medal Winners:
Lars Jenson – Collision Repair
Christen Thompson – Robotics and Automation
Kevin Sellers – Robotics and Automation

Overall, UVU had 27 of 29 students finish in the Top-10 in the nation. In addition to the medal winners, the other T&C students who had Top-10 finishes:

Thomas Gutierrez (4th Place)   Mechatronics
Spencer Nelson (4th Place)   Mechatronics
Daniel Tucker (5th Place)   Cabinetmaking
Kimball Reeves (5th Place)   First Aid/CPR
Tyler Brady (5th Place)   Medical Terminology
Rex Carrier (6th Place)   Diesel Equipment Technology
Jake Beck (6th Place)   Industrial Motor Control
Jacob Ellis (7th Place)   Job Interview
Lyn Wells (10th Place)   Culinary Arts

And to read the Provo Daily Herald’s story about one of the winners, CLICK HERE!

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