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Northeast SkillsUSA Health Knowledge team wins fourth in nation

Staff reports • Jul 20, 2019 at 12:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State’s SkillsUSA chapter competed at the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June. The competition was held in Louisville, Ky., to showcase career and technical education students across the country.

The chapter’s Health Knowledge Bowl team of Prather Moorleghen, Patterson Cox, Sydni Trout and Tasha Mazzella placed fourth in the national event. The team won the gold medal in the Tennessee Leadership and SkillsUSA Conference in March.

Tristan Morley placed 20th nationally in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition. He also won a gold medal for that competition at the Tennessee SkillsUSA Conference.

“We are very proud of our students and advisors. All of their hard work did not go unnoticed at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference,” said Nichole Manz-Young, lead advisor for the Northeast State SkillsUSA team. “We hope to continue the tradition of participating in future leadership events as well as state and national competitions.”

Faculty advisors Jeff Coalson (Health Knowledge) and Steve Smith (Electrical Construction Wiring) joined their students at the competition. More than 18,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — participated in the weeklong event.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations (including health occupations) and for further education. SkillsUSA is open to new and currently enrolled students who meet program eligibility requirements.

Students from high schools in Hawkins and Sullivan counties also participated in this year’s SkillsUSA’s national competition.

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