Twenty-two vocational and technical students from East Central Community College combined to win first place in 14 categories of the 2022 SkillsUSA Mississippi Skills and Leadership Competition. The competitions were held at Trademart and Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on August 8 and March 9 and on the ECCC campus in Decatur on April 1.
Now, 20 of those students will move on to SkillsUSA’s National Skills and Leadership Conference June 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Four other ECCC students placed second in the state event.
Students placing first in the national SkillsUSA competition and qualifying for the national competition in Atlanta included:
• Cameron Jenkins of Choctaw, first place in architectural design.
• Colton Trapp of Philadelphia, first place in cabinetmaking.
• Ethan Smith of Decatur, first place in automotive finishing.
• Hannah Myers of Carthage, first place in cosmetology.
• Cherie Stewart of Carthage, first place in aesthetics.
• Karise Parkman of Lake, first place in aesthetic model.
• Newton’s Makayla Wash, first place at the Professional Skills Demonstration Open.
• Anh Nguyen from Union, first place in the demonstration of professional skills A.
• Asheley Clark de Forest, first place in nail care.
• Allison Lepard from Sebastopol, first place in Nail Care Model.
• Tayler Cochran of Decatur, Kayleigh Long of Philadelphia, Kelsey Pegram of Union, Asten Russell of Little Rock, William Tarlton of Preston, Kadyn Townsend of Meridian and Brianna Young of Louisville, first place in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
• Kaitlyn Irwin of Decatur, Hayley Loper of Decatur and Sanaa Merrell of Philadelphia, first place on the promotional scoreboard.
Also placed first at the state level but did not compete in the national competition:
• Adam Porter of Decatur, first place in CNC milling specialist.
• Ethan Wysocki of Walnut Grove, first place in CNC turning specialist.
ECCC students placing second in the State SkillsUSA competition included:
• Caden Elliot of Little Rock in welding.
• Gage Creason of Morton, Dylan Dubose of Philadelphia and Lathan Johnson of Philadelphia in welding manufacturing.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school, and college/post-secondary students preparing for careers in trades, technical, and skilled service occupations.