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