Students Compete in SkillsUSA Events


Michelle Goodman



   Ashland Community and Technical College hosted more than 90 high school students from local career and technical centers for the annual SkillsUSA Kentucky competitions on Feb. 28 at the Technology Drive Campus.

   Students represented Boyd County High School Career and Technical Education Center, Paul G. Blazer High School, Greenup County High School Area Technical Center and Russell High School Area Technical Center, which includes students from Russell, Raceland-Worthington and Fairview High Schools.

   Skills USA Kentucky is a chapter of the national organization that serves industrial, trade and technical students in area technology centers, public high school and career and technical centers. Annual competitions focus on leadership and technical skills. 

   The regional competitions for the SkillsUSA Northeast Region-District 14 included contests at ACTC’s Technology and Roberts Drive campuses. Carpentry skills contests were conducted at the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC).

   Contest winners are eligible to participate in state competitions:


   Architectural Drafting — First: Ethan Mullins, Blazer

   Auto Technology — First: Greg Scaff, Greenup; second: Hayden Hall, Boyd; third: Mason Adams, Boyd.

   Auto Technology (post-secondary) — First: Zachary Osbourne, ACTC; Myett Elijah, ACTC; third: Joe Merrill, ACTC.

   Electrical — First: Tyler Webb, Greenup; second: Justin Hall, Russell; third: Nick Stevens, Greenup.

   Carpentry — First: Mark Blevins, Boyd; second: Elijah Lawson, Boyd; third: Michael Trout, Boyd.

   Carpentry 1 — First: Hunter Okerman, Boyd; second: Kenneth Fleming, Carter; third: Tanner Rayburn, Carter.

   Chapter Display — First: Caleb Martin, Madison Vaughn, Katie McCoy, Boyd.

   Construction Tool ID — First: Kai Joyce, Blazer; second: Tyler Reed, Blazer; third: Dylan Colegrove, Greenup.

   Interview — First: Benjamin Aaron Parks, Blazer.

   Job Skills Demo A — First: Alex Barker, Greenup.

   Job Skills Open — First: Reed Parker, Greenup.

   Prepared Speech — First: Caleb Martin, Boyd.

   Spelling — First: Jacob Atkins, Russell.

   Welding (beginner) — First: Gage Balelaan, Russell; second: Sydney Moore, Greenup; third: Dylan Stanley, Boyd.

   Welding (advanced) — First: Jaden Bays, Boyd; second: Paul Parker, Carter; third: Caleb Sexton, Carter.

   Welding Fabrication — First: Collin Clay, Boyd; second: Joey Wellman, Boyd; third: Dylan Sexton, Greenup.