Volunteer matches best SkillsUSA finish in nationals with silver medal

Jeff Bobo • Jul 9, 2019 at 9:00 PM

CHURCH HILL – Volunteer High School brought back several top-5 finishes from the SkillsUSA National competition in Louisville, Kentucky, last month — including only the second silver medal in school history.

Volunteer's CTE (Career Technical Education) Program took 19 Students to compete at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference and Competition on June 22-26.

The Criminal Justice Program (CJP), which is advised by Kevin Hilton, competed in five events including “Action Skills” which earned freshman Aedyn Mullins second place finish in the nation.

Volunteer's CJP also placed third in “Chapter Business (Parliamentary) Procedure” with Zach Mayo, Mary Morrison, Alexis Fansler, Ellie Mclain, Sara Gonce, and Hannah Johnson; fifth in “Career Path Showcase” with Garrett Armstrong, Elijah Whitehead and Jonah Price; fifth place in “Extemporaneous Speaking” by Emily Christian; and eighth place in “Prepared Speech” by Leah Hostetler.

Hilton noted that Mullins' second place finish matches Volunteer's best ever finish in the SkillUSA nationals. Last year the Chapter Business team earned Volunteer's only other second place in the nationals.

In the past three years Volunteer's Chapter Business (Parliamentary) Procedure team has placed 3rd, 2nd and 3rd in the SkillsUSA natonals.

“We had a great time competing this year, all the contest were full, with many contest having 40 competitors,” Hilton said. “The students work hard and performed at their best. I am extremely proud how they represented Tennessee at the national level. At this level of the competition, it is the best of the best, only state champions from each state get to compete. Just getting to compete at nationals is a huge honor and Volunteer High School had 19 students representing our State.”

Other Volunteer students who competed in the SkillsUSA nationals included:

Hannah Russell, Hank Marshall, Alexis Moore, and Ariana Rodriguez from the Volunteer Culinary Arts Program who placed 11th in “ Entrepreneurship”. Volunteer Culinary Arts is advised by Michael Gordon.

Delana Simmons and Haley Reynolds (model) from the Volunteer Cosmetology Programwho placed 26th in “Nail Care”.

The Volunteer Cosmetology Program is advised by Tammy Turner.

Cherokee high School had several students qualify for the SkillsUSA National competition but the school didn’t participate. Among Cherokee’s national qualifiers were:

• Evan Andrews who placed second in the state in the HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association) Medical Math category.

• Cooper Bolton, Baily Sams, Autumn Large, and Thomas Faust who placed first in the state in the HOSA Health Knowledge Bowl category.

• Sami Belcher who placed first in the state in the HOSA Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.

• LeAnna Blackburn who placed first int he state in the HOSA Medical Terminology category.

• Emily Snodgrass who placed first in the state in the HOSA Practical Nursing category.

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.