CTC SkillsUSA Team Brings Home Gold, Silver, and Bronze

Nineteen Columbus Technical College students and their 14 faculty advisors found themselves big winners last weekend in Atlanta! Thousands of technical college students from across the State convened at the Georgia International Convention Center to compete in the 2013 SkillsUSA competition March 21-23. Columbus Tech students and their advisors carried home a lot of extra hardware in their suitcases for the ride back to town. That’s because they earned medals in 12 different categories. SkillsUSA coordinator for Columbus Technical College, John Lipham, said he is incredibly proud of everyone who participated.


The students and faculty from Columbus Tech get ready to compete in Atlanta for the statewide SkillsUSA bragging rights.

“We know the advisors worked hard to prepare their students for this conference and played a big part by inspiring them,” he said. “Special thanks to all the faculty and staff who have made many contributions to SkillsUSA with their long hours of dedicated work.”

The 13 gold medal winners were: Brendon O’Keefe/Technical Drafting, Shaunte Scott, Jarrod Bolin, and Gloria Holmes/Community Service, Safiya Pearson, Wallace Bagwell, Daron Caradine, and Mary Ann Milam/Health Knowledge Bowl, Bryson Norman/Major Appliance Technology, Gregory Lewis/Related Technical Math, Jonathan Smith, Thomas Smith, and Wes Smith/Welding Fabrication. Those four students bringing home the silver were: Michael Hobbs/CNC Milling Technology, Troy Robinson/Carpentry, Rachel Williams, Dental Assisting, and Jared White/Major Appliance Technology. The two bronze medalists were: Mark Noles/Cabinet-making and Aaron Ostrander/HVAC & Refrigeration.

Rel. Tech. Math winner

“What can I say? I won the gold in Related Technical Math!” – Gregory Lewis

Welding winners

Two of the three Columbus Tech welding fabrication winners pose with instructor Ronnie McBride (left).

Community Service gold winners

Who’s got the gold in Community Service? BOOM – we do! Pictured are Shaunte Scott, Jarrod Bolin, and Gloria Holmes.

Community Service gold winners

Safiya Pearson, Wallace Bagwell, Daron Caradine, Mary Ann Milam and faculty advisor April Murphy show off their gold medals for the Health Knowledge Bowl.