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Gwinnett Tech students shine at SkillsUSA state competition

Gwinnett Tech students, from left, Raj Patel, Computer Maintenance, Silver Medal; James Stephens, Computer Programming, Gold Medal; and Aaron Beraki, Computer Programming, Silver Medal pose with their medals earned at the competition. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett Tech students, from left, Raj Patel, Computer Maintenance, Silver Medal; James Stephens, Computer Programming, Gold Medal; and Aaron Beraki, Computer Programming, Silver Medal pose with their medals earned at the competition. (Special Photo)

AWARD WINNERS

Gwinnett Tech had 17 students participating at the state post-secondary level, and 13 of them placed in the competition. They include the following:

Gold winners:

· William “Scott” Hillyer – Residential Carpentry

· James Stephens – Computer Programming

· Christina Bryant – Restaurant Service

· Julian Roberts – Commercial Baking

· Eljesa Haxhiu – Culinary Arts

Silver winners:

· Philip “Tony” Elsey – Cabinetry

· Aaron Beraki — Computer Programming

· Raj Patel — Computer Maintenance

· Steven Acevedo – Welding Fabrication

· Justin Bebee – Welding Fabrication

· Charles Grebe – Welding Fabrication

Bronze winners:

· Jennifer Montiel – Restaurant Service

· Dominque Butler – Commercial Baking

Honorable mention:

· Ali Reyes – Culinary Arts

· Aidan Hegarty – Extemporaneous Speaking

· Thomas Atkinson – HVAC

· Marvin Medley – Welding

Gwinnett Tech students took home plenty of hardware recently at the state SkillsUSA competition, as 13 placed in the competition and five earned gold medals to advance to the national competition this summer.

The National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of post-secondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests.

SkillsUSA contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The nonprofit organization serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to develop a strong workforce for America.

Participating faculty members included Garey Bish, Welding; Dennis Bowers, Residential Construction; Chef Kerri Crean, Culinary Arts; Charles Hardnett, Computer Programming; Alex Elman, HVAC; and Penny Waddell, Speech.