Students bound for state conference

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A total of five students from McIntosh High and Sandy Creek High schools took first and second place honors at the 2016 SkillsUSA Georgia Region 5 Competition and are advancing to the state conference in March.

Placing first and receiving gold medals at the competition were Leigh Wheeler, McIntosh High, Pin Design; Megan D’Errico, Sandy Creek High, T-Shirt Design and Presentation; and Jordan Fason, Sandy Creek High, Prepared Speech.  Placing second and receiving silver medals were Sam Lyon, McIntosh High, Architectural Drafting and Design; and Amaya Wright, Sandy Creek High, Pin Design and Presentation.

The SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference will take place March 17-19 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Sandy Creek High had a strong showing at the regional competition with a total of 13 students competing in nine events. In addition to the gold and silver awards earned, six students took third place and brought home bronze medals. They are Meredith Beard, Quiz Bowl; Austin Culpepper, Quiz Bowl; Sarah Ohlmeier, Quiz Bowl; Amanda Paver, Quiz Bowl; Sarah Sorme, Quiz Bowl; and Tyler Ferguson, Graphic Communications.

Sandy Creek student Helen Smith, who is also the SkillsUSA Georgia State secretary, delivered the welcome address at the competition, and presided over the awards ceremony. Sandy Creek students serving as Courtesy Corps were Kristopher Davis, Cameron King and Kristina Longacre.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupation skills.

Pictured are the Sandy Creek High SkillsUSA regional competitors.