GTCC students win honors in skills contest

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May 11—JAMESTOWN — Guilford Technical Community College students proved recently they can compete as well virtually as they can face-to-face.

Eight GTCC students captured first-place honors in the recent SkillsUSA Virtual State Contest, and seven of them will advance to the national competition in June. Twenty-two of the 30 GTCC competitors finished in the top five in their respective competitions.

The SkillsUSA State Contest is the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Through its local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

First place

—Trevor Pretory, automotive service tech MLR

—Ali Williamson, automotive service technology

—Jeannine Lafortune, commercial baking

—Susan Danielsen, culinary arts

—Janalee Burke, dental assisting

—Wesley Francis, HVAC-R

—Jamari' Allen, restaurant service

—Lisa Rogers, skill project showcase: cosmetology

Second place:

—David Phillips, automotive service technology

—Vanessa Keshguerian, CNC (computer numerically controlled) technician

—Austin Osborne, CNC turning specialist

—Connie Uselman, commercial baking

—Stephanie Strucinski, culinary arts

—Sarah Perlmutter, dental assisting

—Matthew Wolford, HVAC-R

—Angelia Felix, skill project showcase: cosmetology

Third place

—Gatlin Weidler, automotive service technology

—Timothy Brinkley, HVAC-R

Fourth place

—Ivan Pechtel, HVAC-R

—Issac Vermillion, automotive service tech MLR

—Juan Lopez Noyola, automotive service technology

—Alexis Whitfield, cosmetology