CTC Students Bring Home Gold, Silver Medals in Nat’l Competition

June 28, 2010: Columbus Technical College racked up some serious bragging rights at the annual SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City last week. Major Appliance Technology student Gregory Freeman earned a gold medal while another student from that program, Robert Long, brought home the silver in the Prepared Speech category.

Robert Long
CTC student Robert Long gives the thumbs-up after earning the national silver medal in Prepared Speech.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman repairs a dishwasher during the SkillsUSA Major Appliance Technology competition.

Besides the bragging rights that accompany the medal, Freeman also won an estimated $2,500 worth of tools and other prizes. Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool will even be donating a refrigerator/freezer worth approximately $3,000 to Columbus Technical College so more students can hone their appliance repair skills.

Skills medal winners
Columbus Technical College SkillsUSA coordinator and advisor John Lipham (center) shows off some serious hardware and smiles with his students Gregory Freeman (left) and Robert Long (right) after the awards ceremony at the national competition in Kansas City.

Students went head-to-head in a spirited competition on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Of a possible 1,000 total points, Freeman earned 834 while Long earned 905 points. Columbus Technical College had a total of eight students vying for top spots in Kansas City. Each team member earned a place at the national level by winning the gold medal in their category for the state of Georgia. Congratulations to all who competed!

Columbus Technical College National SkillsUSA Team
Student Category Faculty Advisor
Bob Long Prepared Speech John Lipham
Staci Atkins Medical Math Amy Sandy
Cliff Brown Cabinetmaking Bob Allen
Craig Oldenburg HVAC & Refrigeration Ron & Caesar Davis
Gregory Freeman Major Appliance Technology John Lipham
(brothers) Daniel and William Cooper Welding Fabrication Ronnie McBride & Tim Vinson
William Kes Welding Fabrication Ronnie McBride & Tim Vinson
Turkisha Clark State Officer John Lipham