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Volunteer earns seven wins in regional SkillsUSA competition

Jeff Bobo • Feb 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School brought home a slew of first place awards last week from the SkillsUSA Regional Competition including four wins in Criminal Justice, two in Cosmetology, and one in Automotive.

The SkillsUSA Regional Competition was held on Feb. 19 at Northeast State Community College, where 158 students from all over the region competed in 27 categories.

VHS criminal justice instructor Kevin Hilton told the Times News Wednesday that he took eight students to regional and competed in six contests, bringing home four first place (including one winning event with two students) and two second place finishes.

“The students have put a lot of time into preparing for this competition and the hard work paid off,” Hilton said. “Five of them placed first and two placed second. They all get to move on to state. This will bring my program’s total student participation at state up to 17 students competing in nine contests. Some contest do not have regionals and are straight to state competitions.”

Criminal Justice results

Aedyn Mullins earned first place in Action Skills; Eliz Smith earned first place in Extemporaneous Speaking; Atlee Dean with Madison Gillenwater earned first place in Job Skills A; Amelia Henriott earned first place in Job Skills O; Leah Hostetler earned second place in Prepared Speech; and Jacob Smallwood earned second place in Criminal Justice.

Cosmetology earns two wins and a third

VHS cosmetology instructor Tammy Turner said her students’ strong showing was despite losing several school preparation days due to rain and flooding.

“We have been out of school a lot recently for flooding and weather, and these young ladies have practiced on their own at home,” Turner said. “They have done whatever was necessary for them to be successful. I am so proud of their work ethic and dedication to their craft.”

Delanna Simmons took first place in Nail Care; Veronica Salmeron earned first place in Nail Art; and Sydney Stratton captured third place in Evening Hairstyle.

Volunteer’s other Feb. 19 SkillsUSA victory was in the Automotive category, where Jaden Rockwell captured first place in MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair), while Peyton Christian placed sixth in Automotive Service Technology.

Heading for SkillsUSA state competition in April

Ellie Mclain and Jacob Smallwood passed the State Officer Examination and will campaign at the State Conference for a position on the State Officer Team in April for the 2020-21 School year.

Students who will participate in state SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga on April 19-22 include:

Criminal Justice Program: Aedyn Mullins, Action Skills, Job Skills A; Atlee Dean with Madison Gillenwater (model), Job Skills O; Amelia Henriott, Prepared Speech; Leah Hostetler, Extemporaneous Speaking; Eliza Smith, Criminal Justice; Jacob Smallwood, Career Pathway Showcase; Garrett Armstrong, Jonah Price, Elijah Whitehead, Medical Math; Abby Kelliher, Chapter Business (Parliamentary) Procedure; Ellie Mclain, Hannah Johnson, Sarah Gonce, Curtis Robinette, Alyssa Shelton, Lillie Redwine.

Automotive Program: Jaden Rockwell, Maintenance & Light Repair.

Cosmetology Program: Delana Simmons with Kendra Kersey (model). Nail Care; and Josie Stapleton and Sydney Stratton, SkillsUSA Suitcase Display.

VHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) will be sending a total of 22 students to state and will be competing in 12 contests.

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