The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team won third place in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23. The team included Jenna Cummings, Kevin Luckett, Lauren Martin, David Orduna, Ann Pohlig, Lakesha Rand and Hallie Westbrook.
"We are very proud of the work the students from the various Career-Technical Education programs put into the competition," said Will Alexander, an engineering instructor and Goodman Campus SkillsUSA adviser. "The poise these young men and women portrayed was incredible under such strenuous conditions during their national competition. Holmes Community College was well represented by our Goodman representatives."
This was the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), and included a showcase of career and technical education students from across the United States.
More than 6,000 students from every state competed in the national competition, according to a release from SkillsUSA. It is the largest skill competition in the world, with more than 100 hands-on competitions that include robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.
The team advanced to nationals after placing first in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies category at the state competition held by the Mississippi Department of Education at the Jackson Convention Center Feb. 28 - March 1.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are the members of the Holmes Community College Goodman Campus SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team who won third place in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23. They are (front, left to right) Ann Pohlig, Hallie Westbrook, Lauren Martin, and (back, left to right) Lakesha Rand, Kevin Luckett, David Orduna and Jenna Cummings.