Eight EMCC students win at Skills-USA


Eight East Mississippi Community College stu­dents enrolled in the Weld­ing & Fabrication Technology programs on the college’s Golden Trian­gle and Scooba campuses earned first place finishes during the Mississippi Skill­sUSA State Champi­onships in Jackson.

The competition took place in March at the Mis­sissippi Coliseum, home of the Jackson Bandits, and the Mississippi Trademart Center. Each of the stu­dents earned state cham­pionship titles and advance to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leader­ship & Skills Conference that will take place June 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anthony Brooks of Cale­donia, Haley Hutchinson of Meridian and Nathan White of DeKalb are stu­dents in the Welding & Fabrication Technology program on EMCC’s Scooba campus who com­peted as a three-person team in the Chapter Dis­play category, taking home top honors as state cham­pions.

For the project, they con­structed a metal display with a cutout of a bald eagle, wings spread in front of an American flag. The display hangs from a metal sign embossed with the “SkillsUSA” moniker.

“I am really proud of them,” Scooba welding in­structor Shane McDaniel said of the students. “They put a lot of hard work into their project and I can’t be more pleased with the re­sults.”

Five students from the Welding & Fabrication Technology program on EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus also earned state championship titles.

Christopher Goodwin of Macon took first place in the Welding category, while Leander Willis of Starkville earned top hon­ors in the Welding Sculp­ture category.

Three students com­peted in the Welding Team Fabrication category and earned state champi­onships. They are Preston Payne of Ackerman, Mason Smith of Starkville and Peyton King of West Point. For the competition, the teams had to complete a timed project according to provided blueprints and materials lists.

“There are some really good welding programs across the state and our students faced stiff com­petition,” EMCC Golden Triangle welding instructor Gary Gammill said. “The fact that they did so well is a testament to the effort they put into their class­work.”

At the national SkillsUSA conference, more than 6,500 career-technical stu­dents from across the country will compete in 108 trade, technical and leadership fields, with win­ners in each category walk­ing away with national championship titles.

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