Four Cherokee High School students placed at the State Skills USA event in healthcare competitions: from left to right, Bella Mckeehan, Bella Lindeborg, DeAnna Debeis, Anna Townsend.
Cherokee County School District Career Pathway students earned top honors in the State’s Skills USA competition testing their career knowledge and abilities!
Students from various programs at Cherokee High School and Sequoyah High School competed in the skilled trades and leadership events, with three winning gold medals, two earning silver and four achieving bronze.
Cherokee’s team competed in: Welding Sculpture, Collision Repair, Flight operations, T-Shirt Design, Extemporaneous Speaking, Medical Assistant and Nurse Assisting, and the chapter earned the bronze award overall.
Austin Ledbetter won gold in Collision Repair, earning thousands of dollars in scholarships and tools and advancing to Nationals in Louisville, Ky. In June.
The school’s Healthcare Pathways program competed in hands-on contests for the first time this year. In Medical Assisting, DeAnna Dobeis won gold, and Anna Townsend attained bronze; and in Nurse Assisting, Bella Lindeborg won gold, and Bella McKeehan won silver. Jessica Degroff placed fifth in Nurse Assisting, and Elisabeth Byess placed sixth in Medical Assisting. Both gold winners also advance to Nationals.
The school’s Air Force JROTC team also competed in Flight Operations, and the team of Jack Edmondson, Stephen Kaiser and Jackson King earned bronze. Transportation teacher Mike Hagan serves as Cherokee’s Skills USA chair.
Two Sequoyah High School students from its Career Pathway programs competed and placed at State.
Jacob Allred placed second in Power Equipment Technology -- his third consecutive year to place in the top three. Jeremiah Rampley competed in the Heating Air Conditioning Ventilation and Refrigeration contest and earned fifth place. Transportation teacher Charles Wilson serves as Sequoyah’s Skills USA chair.
“They could not have accomplished this success without their fellow students helping them and advisors and coaches showing them the way -- not to mention financial support from business partners like Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram,” said Mr. Hagan, who also serves as the region chairman for Skills USA. “They are truly the most skilled in their field and will represent Georgia and Cherokee with pride.”
They will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board's May 16 meeting.
Austin Ledbetter of Cherokee High School receives his gold medal for Collision Repair.
Sequoyah High Schools Skills USA chair teacher Charles Wilson congratulates his State Skills USA winners Jeremiah Rampley, left, and Jacob Allred.