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Skills USA Students head to national competition

Nearly 100 students from Ozarks Technical Community College participated in the Skills USA state competition, held recently on the campus of Linn State Technical College in Linn, Missouri.  Seventeen of those students took first place in their skills contest and will continue on to the national competition, to be held in Kansas City in June.  

Skills USA, a national organization for high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, holds competitions each year in a wide variety of skill-based subjects.  Approximately 2,200 students from around the state were involved in this year’s events.

The Ozarks Technical Community College students who will participate in this year’s national competition were honored for their successes at the May meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees.  Attached is a photo of the winning students who were present at the meeting.  The advancing students are:

Secondary Students:
Blake Carter, Nixa High School, Graphic Communications
Trent Johnson, Logan-Rogersville High School, Broadcast News (four-member team)
Josh Adams, Logan-Rogersville High School, Broadcast News
Makenzie Hickam, Logan-Rogersville High School, Broadcast News
Jordan Camacho, Nixa High School, Broadcast News

Post-Secondary Students:
Kent Coates, Nixa, HVAC
Tyler Gant, Springfield, Culinary Arts
Emily Spiller, Springfield, Food & Beverage Services
Faith Swickard, Strafford, Pre-School Teaching Assistant
Austin McConnell, Nixa, Television (Video) Production
Steve Hutchison, Ozark, Television (Video) Production
Katie Boyts, Springfield, Screen printing
Kayla Robertson, Fair Grove, Cabinetmaking
Karey Stewart, Springfield, 3-D Visualization
Kevin Mangold, Nixa, 3-D Visualization
Jeff Black, Clever, Audio/Radio Production
Austin Kittleman, Springfield, Audio/Radio Production


Mark Miller

College Director of Communication

Phone: 417.447.2655


Laura French

Coordinator of Public Information

Phone: 417.447.2659


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