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OTC SkillsUSA students bring home 74 medals from state competition

More than 100 students representing the various technical programs of Ozarks Technical Community College participated in two days of competition at the State SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership Conference, held recently on the campus of Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.  In the end, OTC’s students brought home 32 first place medals, 17 second place medals, and 24 third place medals, for a total of 74 medals.

This year’s event had more than 2,000 attending students, teachers, and representatives of business, industry, education, and government.  During the conference, students participated as voting delegates for their chapters, elected state officers, conducted the business of the organization, met with business and industry representatives, and heard from officials.

The students that won first place in their contests have qualified to represent Ozarks Technical Community College and the state of Missouri at the SkillsUSA National Conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., in June.  These students are already in the top 2 percentile in the United States in their chosen fields.

First Place Winners:

3-D Visualization & Animation — Karey Stewart and Josh Williams

Audio/Radio — Kyle Hammett and Michael Young

Basic Health Care — Lacey Montgomery

Broadcast News — Mackenzie Hickam, Trent Johnson, Gage Rudick and Brad Voelker

Collision Repair (written) — Jessica DeMalia

Collision Repair — Cody Martin and Jessica DeMalia

Commercial Baking (written) — Nathan Frazo

Commercial Baking — Nathan Frazo

Computer Programming — Lee Futter

Culinary Arts (written) — Mark Dandurand

Culinary Arts — Mark Dandurand

Diesel (written) — William Sobolewski

Food and Beverage (written) — Lori Saviello

HVAC — Richard Matti

Industrial Motor Control (written) — Victor Mitchell

Industrial Motor Control — Ben King and Victor Mitchell

Job Interview — Kristina Cunningham

Pre-School Teaching Assistant (written) — Kristina Cunningham

Pre-School Teaching Assistant — Jennifer Hampton

Technical Computer Applications — Glen Noel

TV Production (written) — Chris Fink

TV Production — Chris Greene and Jillian Mackey

Video Development — Michael Dube and Michael Leeper

Welding Fabrications — Jim Bowlin, Tyler Dudley and Jesse Hunzinger

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in public high schools, career and technical centers and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 student and professional members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters.


Mark Miller

College Director of Communication

Phone: 417.447.2655


Laura French

Coordinator of Public Information

Phone: 417.447.2659


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