Young Memorial students attend National Leadership and Skills Conference

MORGAN CITY, La. — Three students from the Young Memorial Campus of South Central Louisiana Technical College travel to Kansas City, Mo., to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships in June.

The competition is part of the SkillsUSA 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a week-long showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 5,900 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners, compete hands-on in 98 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

During the national competition, students work against the clock and one another, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, air conditioning and refrigeration, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and technical computer applications. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Young Memorial has a long tradition of medalists in both the Louisiana competition and nationally. The students representing the college this year are from the air conditioning and refrigeration and practical nursing programs.

Anthony Baham Jr. won the gold medal at the 2013 Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships in April. He competed in Kansas City for a national medal, traveling with his advisor and HVAC instructor, Anthony L. Baham.

Renee Ferreira won the bronze medal at the Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships in medical math. Sara Scully competed in the medical math competition.

Both practical nursing students traveled to the National Leadership and Skills Conference as observers with their advisor and nursing instructor, Beverly Henn.

Bridgette Grimball Taylor, a student in the business office administration program, won a gold medal at the 2013 Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships in the Technical Computer Applications contest. She was not able to compete at Nationals this year, but she plans on going for the gold next year. Her advisor and instructor, Michelle Woodruff, went to Nationals and was selected to be a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team for the Technical Computer Applications Contest.

SkillsUSA chapters like the one at the Young Memorial Campus help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members nation-wide.

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