Tuesday, May 28, 2024

18 BPCC students win gold at state SkillsUSA

by BIZ Magazine

Eighteen Bossier Parish Community College students will be competing at the national SkillsUSA competition this summer after winning gold medals at the state level.

BPCC won gold in nine categories; silver in five categories; and bronze in six categories for a total of 35 medals – 18 gold, 7 silver, and 10 bronze.

BPCC has produced many state and national SkillsUSA winners in the engineering categories. Last year, Cameron Ytzen won the gold medal in Related Technical Math and Scott McCullough won silver in Principles of Engineering at the national level.

Dr. June Schneider, Associate Professor and Engineering Program Director, is eager to return to the national competition with more of her students this summer. Joining her will be Kevin Aguilar – Engineering Technology/Design; Rezq Alawdi – Engineering Technology/Design; Hoang Le – Engineering Technology/Design; Ryan Staggs – Related Technical Math; and Eliot Power – Principles of Engineering.

“I am extremely proud of my students,” Dr. Schneider said. “They work diligently and collaboratively to design their projects, honing their engineering skills and pitching their designs to a panel of judges. It will be exciting to see our [Bossier Parish Community College] students shine once again at the national competition while also networking with business and industry partners.”

Students from across the Louisiana Community and Technical College System competed in various work skill categories in the 2023 SkillsUSA State competition, held April 2-5 in Alexandria. Those winning gold medals advance to the national competition at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, scheduled for June 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Melanie Lea, a BPCC faculty member since 2009, has been selected to serve on the SkillsUSA National Education Team for the Audio/Radio competition category. The National Education Team (NET) assists the national technical committees in conducting and managing the SkillsUSA Championships.

“I’m honored to represent BPCC on the national level,” Lea said. “Receiving this appointment creates the opportunity to not only represent the quality instruction and professional development provided by our college, but for our entire Louisiana Community and Technical College System.”

Below is the list of BPCC student winners from the 2023 State SkillsUSA competition:

Gold Medal winners:

Aiyana Dupree – Audio/Radio Production
Emmanuel Tice – Audio/Radio Production
Timothy Carter – Digital Cinema Production
Matthew Fultz – Digital Cinema Production
Kevin Aguilar – Engineering Technology/Design
Rezq Alawdi – Engineering Technology/Design
Hoang Le – Engineering Technology Design
Aiyana Dupree – Job Interview
Naomi Harris – Photography
Ryan Staggs – Principles of Engineering
Chris James – Promotional Bulletin Board
Abigail Johnson – Promotional Bulletin Board
Kendall Reynolds – Promotional Bulletin Board
Ryan Staggs – Related Technical Math
Aaron Calhoun – Video News Production
Sarah Foster – Video News Production
De’Franklin Pratt – Video News Production
Kendall Reynolds – Video News Production
Silver Medal winners:

Kimberly Conley – Advertising Design
Imani Caddell – Digital Cinema Production
Cidney LaCour – Digital Cinema Production
Bryce Rogers – Engineering Technology/Design
Ryan Staggs – Engineering Technology/Design
Kaitlyn Ross – Photography
Eliot Power – Principles of Engineering

Bronze Medal winners:

Lerone Nash – Digital Cinema Production
Haley Roundtree – Digital Cinema Production
Matthew Maggio – Engineering Technology/Design
Ethan Morris – Engineering Technology/Design
Eliot Power– Engineering Technology/Design
Bryce Rogers – Principles of Engineering
Bryce Rogers – Related Technical Math
Stephanie Daniels – State Pin Design
Trevor Holmes – TV/Video Production
Gregory Hicks – TV/Video Production

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