Baldwin County Public Schools
Baldwin County High Bay Minette, AL
NBCT BCHS Students Win Medals
Friday, May 11, 2012

BAY MINETTE, Alabama -- North Baldwin Center for Technology students recently participated in competitions and leadership workshops at the 2012 SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo, and State Championships in Birmingham.

Students were judged in more than 80 competitive categories in areas including carpentry, electrical technology, video production, cosmetology, automotive and more.

SkillsUSA is devoted to preparing students for postsecondary learning and careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. Nationally, this organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and professional members with almost 9,000 members from Alabama.

chrisholmes.JPGChris Holmes

Nine students and three advisors from NBCT participated in the 2012 SkillsUSA Championship. Five students competed in technical and leadership events and four students participated as observers. The students and advisors represented the automotive technology, construction technology, and heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration programs.

Anthony Schuler, automotive technology instructor and SkillsUSA adviser, John Gonzales, and Lane Schuler attended as observers this year. Schuler is a former gold medal winner at the championships as a student at NBCT and is in his first year as an instructor. He plans on developing a competitive team for the 2013 Championship.

Tommy Byrd, HVACR instructor and SkillsUSA adviser, Landon Jahnke, Brent Jeffers, and Trent Brown represented the HVACR program at the championships. Landon Jahnke competed in the HVACR technical competition and finished fifth in the state. Brent Jeffers and Trent Brown attended as observers. Byrd is also in his first year as an instructor and is a former gold medal winner at the championship as a student at NBCT.

heavendelagarza.jpgHeaven DeLaGarza

Scott Larson, construction technology instructor and SkillsUSA adviser, Heaven DeLaGarza, Caleb Hearn, Sutton Hearn and Chris Holmes represented the Construction Technology Department at the championships this year. DeLaGarza competed in Related Technical Math, Caleb Hearn competed in Occupational Job Demonstration, Sutton Hearn competed in the Technical Carpentry event and Holmes competed in the Open Job Demonstration.

Holmes placed second in the state in his competition and brought home a silver medal. DeLaGarza placed third in the state in her competition and earned a bronze medal. Caleb and Sutton Hearn both finished eighth in the state in their competitions against some very tough competition.

Larson served as a judge in the promotional bulletin board, chapter display and job information notebook competitions. Top winners in each state contest category will be eligible to represent Alabama at the upcoming national SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

All students represented both their home schools and the North Baldwin Center for Technology in an outstanding manner. [jhe: The competitors worked very hard at preparing for their individual events and should be commended for their efforts. : ]The advisers plan to use the success of this year’s competitors and their experience to develop a strong team of competitors for both technical and leadership events at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships.

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