SkillsUSA Students Earn Five National Medals

July 24, 2017 | | Student Success

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Chattanooga State’s TCAT division was well represented at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 19-23.  Seventeen students competed in 13 events and collectively they earned four silver medals and one bronze medal. Furthermore, 16 out of 17 students finished in the top ten within their individual contests. The chapter lead advisors in attendance included Mike Mercer and Elonia James; faculty advisors included Kristi Caves, David Burgess, Scotty Holland, Sam O’Rear, Sandra Lambertino, Jimmy Jones, Brandy Krantz, Tim Chastain, and Amy Pedigo.

Silver Medal Winners 

Soddy-Daisy’s Kadie Rich, First Aid & CPR; Kristi Caves, Advisor

Chattanooga’s Chris Matherly, Industrial Motor Control; David Burgess, Advisor

Dayton’s Nicolas Fuson and Soddy-Daisy’s Jordan Wilkey, Robotics and Automation Technology; Scotty Holland, Advisor

Bronze Medal Winner 

Rossville’s Marisa Taylor, Nurse Assisting; Kristi Caves, Advisor

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry working together as a partnership to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. Chattanooga State’s affiliation with the organization is through their TCAT division. For more information about Tennessee College of Applied Technology programs, visit or call (423) 697-4433.