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OTC students bring home 56 medals from state SkillsUSA 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 34 first place medals, 16 second place medals, and six third place medals, for a total of 56 medals.

Of the state competitors, 28 students have qualified to represent Ozarks Technical Community College and the state of Missouri at the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

First Place Winners:

Stacy Walter – Action Skills

Levi Light – Audio/Radio Production

Tommy McFarland – Audio/Radio Production

Jonathan Young – Automotive Refinishing Technology

Stephanie Ashley – Broadcast News Production

Kayla Faggans – Broadcast News Production

James Hennessy – Broadcast News Production

Corbin Livingston – Broadcast News Production

Dillon Welch – Carpentry Technical Information; Teamworks

Jeremy Higginbothom – Collision Repair Technical Information

Rachel Beushausen – Commercial Baking

Aaron Mills – Computer Programming

Tanner Edgen – Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Tiffany Fletcher – Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Ty’Juania Wray – Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Sara Byrd – Culinary Arts

TJ Hornbeck – Digital Cinema Production

Jeff Thompson – Digital Cinema Production

Kayla Daniels – Early Childhood Education

Ryan Bunselmeyer – Heating, Ventilation, A/C and Refrigeration Technical Information

Jessica Struckman – Medical Terminology

Michael Watson – Precision Machining Technical Information

Dylan Pohar – Professional Development Technical Information

Terry Campbell – Teamworks

Anthony Salamone – Teamworks

Nolan Siegismund – Teamworks

Mylanda Haney – Technical Computer Applications

Ben Speer – Television (Video) Production

Chris Schwartz – Television (Video) Production

Wesley Deckard – Web Design

Daniel Stevens – Web Design

Jason Bills – Welding; Welding Technical Information

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.

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 250,000 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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