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Technology students earn prestigious recognition
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A gold medal class and four individual students from the Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville earned recognition at the state SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga.
TTC McMinnville winners included Leah Pennington, silver medal in medical terminology; James Fuson, bronze medal in computer information technology; Steven Elrod and Zackary Myers, bronze medal in Mechatronics; and the medical assistant class, gold medal winners again of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Medical assistant winners are Dondel Blanchard, Daisy Casas, Kateland Daniels, Shelby Holland, Heather Layne, Kelly McCormick, Jessica Meeks, Amy Morris, Leah Pennington, Tiler Thaxton and Sylvia Wildman. The instructor is Deborah Womack.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes community service performed during the past year. The 2012 medical assistant class performed 1,009 hours, including assisting with school health screenings, the FUEL food project, and feeding families during the holidays. Medical assistants have now won the President’s Volunteer Service Award three straight years.
Winners of medals in individual contests received their medals at Chattanooga during the state competition. The class gold medal winners will receive their honor June 23 at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical centers, and two-year colleges.
SkillsUSA has more than 320,000 student members annually. Currently, more than 16,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of workforce in SkillsUSA activities.