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Winners Announced at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships






            Bryson Addison, Gabrielle Beck, Taylor Crump, Sarah Hale, Tessa Jordan, Cynthia Mayfield and Kaitlyn Phillips of Stephens County High School were awarded 3rd place winners-Bronze medalist at the 50th annual SkillsUSA Championships in OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES.  Winners were announced Friday evening, JUNE 27, 2014 at the Awards Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held JUNE 23 - JUNE 27, 2014, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students from every state and three territories joined in the excitement of hands‑on competition in 99 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.


            Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.


            SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.


            The contests are designed and planned by representatives of labor and management.  Contests test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in occupations.  The non-occupationally-specific leadership contests represent a variety of communications, goal setting and teamwork skills -- all geared to enhance a student's qualities of leadership, responsibility, and character. A short video about the National Leadership and Skills Conference is available online at


            Opening and Closing Ceremonies is a teamwork and oral presentation contest that evaluates teams' understanding of the symbolic representation of the colors and assembled parts of the SkillsUSA emblem. Each team includes seven registered members in the roles of president, vice president, parliamentarian, reporter, treasurer, secretary and optional officer. The contest is a demonstration of the SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Ceremonies conducted according to the script and description as printed in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards.


            Lisa Romeiser, Eastern Monroe Career Center (N.Y.) chairs the national technical committee for Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


            The national education team assists the national technical committee.  Members include Wayne Lee, Pine Forest High School (N.C.); Alonza Lewis, Lexington Technology Center (S.C.); Patricia Miller, Atlanta Area Technical College (Ga.); Barbara Mountjoy, Carthage Technical Center (Mo.); Mark Sponaugle, Carthage Technical Center (Mo.); Sherry Struckhoff, Waynesville Technical Academy (Mo.); Alice Wilson, Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage (Mo.); Graham Yarborough (N.C.); and, Kristina Yarborough, Gray's Creek High School (N.C.).


            Lowe’s Companies Inc. also supports the contest.



            In the Cosmetology contest, Jessie Lee a 2014, graduate of Stephens County High School competed to demonstrate her skills in haircutting, hair styling and long-hair design in four separate tests. All work was performed on mannequins so everyone begins with the same model and the same type of hair. Contestants create one 90 degree women’s cut and one woman’s and one man’s cut from a finished photo. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition where these future salon professionals demonstrate their own design skills. A parade finale closes the contest with each contestant walking down the stage with their completed mannequins to present to the audience. At the Georgia State delegation dinner, students received information about their national ranking for each contest area, Jessie ranked 9th in the field of cosmetology in the nation. While in high school, Jessie earned the required 1500 hours of cosmetology training to take the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology Exam.


            The national technical committee for Cosmetology includes Co-chair Roseann Perea, Regis Corp. (Nev.); Co-chair Julie Vargas, Sport Clips Inc. (Texas); Lisha Barnes, Milady, a division of Cengage Learning (Calif.); Pamela Kelly, Fantastic Sams International Corp. (Mass.); Bonnie Overstreet, Burmax Co. Inc. (N.Y.); and, Regina Todd, Marianna (Iowa).


            The national education team assists the national technical committee.  Members include Melissa Brainerd, Madison Area Technical College (Wis.); La Quita Brantley, South Garland High School (Texas); Shelia Copeland, Fulton High School (Tenn.); Elda Gonzalez, Donna High School (Texas); Teresa Hannah, Carver Career Center (W.Va.); Lynda Vinger (Texas); Martha Weller (N.M.); and, Deborah Winegar (Texas).


            Other supporting organizations include Calculated Industries, Inc. and Great Clips, Inc.


            A complete list of winners is available online. Go to


SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11.6 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.


Tessa Jordan was elected as the Secretary for Georgia SkillsUSA for 2014-15, at the Georgia Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta in March; she had a very busy 9 days in Kansas City. She not only competed with the Opening & Closing Ceremonies team, but attended national leadership training for state officers, helped with national campaign for Georgia candidate, assisted with Georgia delegation sessions and was a contest guide for the VIP tour for Georgia’s industry supporters.  Tessa’s national training was an opportunity of a lifetime.


The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash, and materials. All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. More than 1,000 industry judges participated this year. All winners receive medallions and frequently receive tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education.


            All of this would not have been possible without dedicated students, supportive parents, family and friends. We would like to thank all the Stephens County Schools, SCHS administration, faculty and staff and the community for your moral and financial support. You are the best!!!celebrate.JPG