Davis Technical College Brings Medals Home From SkillsUSA and HOSA National Competitions
In June, students from Davis Technical College (Davis Tech) traveled to national SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions in Kentucky and Florida to showcase their skills. As they have done for the last few years, Davis Tech students came home with several medals. “These competitions are a great opportunity for students to excel in their trades and show what they’ve learned,” says Davis Tech plumbing instructor Bryce Chapman.
To qualify for the national competition, each student won gold at the state level. In Kentucky, Davis Tech students competed against students from all over the country. Top finishers included:
• Team M (consisting of A Vandegrift, Brent Justensen, Preston Justensen), gold medal in Welding Fabrication
• Viviana Johnson, silver medal in Culinary Arts (high school)
• Melissa Bush, bronze medal in Esthetics
Other top performing students included:
• Madison Dennison, 10th in Welding Sculpture
Likewise, Davis Tech students held their own at the HOSA 40thth Annual Conference in Orlando. Davis Tech’s top performing students included:
- Shae Jackman, Kristopher Yarrington, and Aubrey Walton, gold medal in Creative Problem Solving
• Trever Alters, 9th in KT Behavioral Health
SkillsUSA and HOSA have been a Davis Tech tradition for over 20 years. These competitions offer students recognition, connections with industry leaders, and new friendships with students from all over the country.
“The competition was a really good experience,” says Madison Dennison, who placed tenth in Welding Sculpture for her creation of a dragon atop the Empire State Building. “I didn’t know how big SkillsUSA was until I went to the competition. The sculptures gave me some good ideas for what to work on next year.”
As a state, Utah placed 8th overall in the country in the medal count with 26 medals (11 gold, 8 silver, and 7 bronze). Davis Technical College congratulates all the students who represented the College so well on a national level and looks forward to continued excellence in the years to come.