Georgia Piedmont Tech SkillsUSA 2017 Statewide Winners

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is pleased to announce 13 students won medallions during the 2017 Statewide SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, April 23-25, 2017.  Georgia Piedmont students participated in over 14 competitions and earned gold, silver and bronze medals in 6 of them.  In the Motorcycle Technology competition, Georgia Piedmont students swept the category, winning gold, silver and bronze. The statewide competition serves as a forum for technical college students to exhibit the technical expertise they have gained through their coursework.

 “Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s success at the statewide SkillsUSA Conference is to be commended. It illustrates not only the commitment that students have to learning their craft, but also the faculty’s commitment to providing quality instruction that leads to excellence at our college,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “I’m proud of all the students who participated, and I’m confident those who are advancing to the national contest this summer will represent the college and the state well,” stated Dr. Simama.      

The 2017 SkillsUSA Statewide Leadership and Skills Conference showcases students’ skills during hands-on competitions in the following areas:  leadership development; occupational-related; skilled; and technical science.  All Gold Medal recipients will represent the State of Georgia during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 19-23, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Christine Harden Hamilton, Georgia Piedmont’s SkillsUSA Lead Advisor, was delighted with how well their students fared in this year’s contest.  “I always tell our students excellence is a standard - not a hobby,” she said.    

GOLD Award Winners:

Career Pathways, Human Services:                       Jacquelyn Durgan, Montanna Marts, Adreinne Thompson

Motorcycle Service Technology:                            Octavius Terrell

Practical Nursing:                                                 Crystal Wright

SILVER Award Winners:

Architectural Drafting:                                        Emeraude Amedegnato

Job Skills Demonstration Open:                          Sydnee Jordan

Motorcycle Service Technology:                          David Payne

Occupational Health and Safety- Multiple:            Essence Jones, Michael O’Neal, Nikeion Wynn 

BRONZE Award Winners:

Early Childhood Education:                               LaTasha Rankine

Motorcycle Service Technology:                        Joshua McLain