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School District Five students shine in SkillsUSA national competition

Irmo, SC 07/13/2021 –The SkillsUSA Chapter at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) received numerous awards during the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference held virtually.

The school had 34 national competitors, 12 finalists (Top 9), some national placers/champions, and the chapter was named the number one chapter in the country. The chapter competed in the Personal Skills category to be named the top chapter in the country. The chapter had to provide an application, providing information on projects and other things, as well as a presentation and interview process with two representatives from the chapter. The Center is one of 24 schools nationwide to receive Model of Excellence honor and the only school in South Carolina to receive it. This is the second year in a row that the SkillsUSA chapter at The Center has been recognized for this honor.

The following is a list of School District Five’s SkillsUSA National Competition winners. Students who place in the competition, including the Model of Excellence chapter representatives, will receive medals.

Chapter Display

  • Kama McCary, Brooklyn Sanders, Tyler Zangla- Finalist

Promotional Bulletin Board

  • Hailey Figueroa, Xavier Graves, Lola Timmons- Finalist

Crime Scene Investigation

  • Sophie Caley, Saniyah Myers, Whitney Nguyen- Finalist

Prepared Speech

  • Caylin Porter- National Runner-up

Criminal Justice

  • Noah Mooney- National Champion


  • Ethan Bradley- National Champion

Model of Excellence

  • Asia Caldwell, Megan vanVollenhoven- National Champions

"Thursday was an evening full of amazing fellowship and pride,” said The Chapter’s SkillsUSA advisor Joe Chapman. “The successes of our chapter and our members on a national level are a testament to the incredibly hard work put in by our amazing student members, our dedicated staff, and our administration. I am certain that we will continue to reach our goals and impact our members and community in amazing ways thanks to a strong foundation created over the past few years. We are extremely thankful for the support of our district, our parents, our community, and our incredible industry partners. The students from this year will certainly be remembered for a long time thanks to the many firsts they have accomplished, and we could not be prouder of their efforts. SkillsUSA and our chapter are truly creating the future leaders of our nation. I am simply grateful to be a small part of that."

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation's skilled workforce. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, middle schools and colleges, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S.


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