Chattahoochee Tech Students Bring Home Medals from SkillsUSA

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Chattahoochee Technical College students received several medals including Fortino Castillo, who received Gold in Industrial Motor Controls, and Richard Secrist who received Gold in Motorcycle Service Technology. Silver medalists included Michael King in Motorcycle Service Technology, Whitney Robledo in Extemporaneous Speaking, Mark Kennedy in Diesel Equipment Technology. Chris Arrant received a Bronze medal in Diesel Equipment Technology.

(­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Marietta, Ga. – March 24, 2014) With its largest team, Chattahoochee Technical College saw 17 Chattahoochee Technical College students testing their skills against students from around the state in a multiday competition at the Georgia International Convention Center. Vying for gold, silver or bronze at the state level of SkillsUSA, these students competed in 12 different contests on March 14.

“Students showcased the technical skills they are learning at CTC and the leadership skills they are developing,” said Automotive Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Kevin Ruby. “We assembled a team of talented and bright individuals who represented the college, themselves and their industries well.”

Among those who competed for Chattahoochee Technical College:

  • Chris Arrant of Powder Springs in Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Michael Callahan of Marietta in Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Caroline Colbert of Kennesaw in Food and Beverage Services
  • Wesley Fortier of Marietta in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Fortino Hernandez Castillo of Acworth Industrial Motor Control
  • Wes House of Kennesaw in Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Alexa Izzet of Jasper Culinary Arts
  • Mark Kennedy of Atlanta in Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Jenny Kiewat or Canton in Culinary Arts
  • Michael King of Canton in Motorcycle Service Technology
  • William Lazar of Carrollton in Automotive Service Technology
  • Madison Liston of Marietta in Esthetics
  • Taryn Mooney of Blue Ridge in Cosmetology
  • Whitney Robledo of Alpharetta in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Richard Secrist of Kennesaw in Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Stella Taylor of Austell in Food and Beverage Service
  • Melissa White of Kennesaw in Commercial Baking

Medalists included Castillo, who received Gold in Industrial Motor Controls,  and Secrist who received Gold in Motorcycle Service Technology. Silver medalists included King in Motorcycle Service Technology, Robledo in Extemporaneous Speaking and Kennedy in Diesel Equipment Technology. Arrant received a Bronze medal in Diesel Equipment Technology.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and technical colleges. SkillsUSA sponsors competitions across the United States.  Students begin by competing locally and continue to state and national contests if their scores advance them. Castillo and Secrist, who received first place honors in their respective skills contests, will advance to the national competition in Kansas City this summer.