Davis Clipper highlights DATC students' success in national contests

Last June, students from Davis Applied Technology College traveled to national SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions in Kentucky and Tennessee to showcase their skills. As they have done for the last few years, DATC 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 DATC plumbing instructor Bryce Chapman.

At the SkillsUSA competition in Kentucky, DATC students competed against thousands of students from all over the country. Top ten finishers included:

 • Ally Rogers, gold medal in Nail Care

• Ben Godwin, bronze medal in Welding Sculpture

• Alanna Wilson, Daniel Yardley, and Andrew Andersen, ninth place in CNC Machining.

Other top performing students included:

• Becca Parkinson, 16th in Esthetics

• B.J. Smith, 24th in Restaurant Service.

Likewise, DATC students held their own at the HOSA 39th Annual Conference in Nashville.

DATC’s top performing students included:

• Joyce Mattes, 2nd in Dental Sciences

• Keely Tulane, 5th in Home Health Aide

• Michelle Wilcock, 7th place in Knowledge Tests in Pharmacology

SkillsUSA and HOSA have been a DATC 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 great introduction to the process of how a company creates a product,” says Alanna Wilson, who placed ninth with her team in the CNC Machining category. “I was involved in everything, from design to process to manufacturing. I loved the camaraderie between students, and it was so motivating to see people’s success. It was an amazing experience.”