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Honorees and Gold Medalists, Conference 2005

Honorary Life Members

Grover Bledsoe, builder of 3-D SkillsUSA emblems, Pennsylvania; Vandy Gates, retired SkillsUSA Georgia director; Chip Harris, volunteer/former director of three state associations; Bob Kimbrell, national Outstanding Chapter chair, Alabama; Larry Rabalais, national board member/Louisiana director; Michael Regauld, 20-year director, SkillsUSA

Advisor of the Year

Richard Carter, Polytech High School, Woodside, Del.

Outstanding Educators

Heidi Balch, SkillsUSA Connecticut director; Peter Carey, SkillsUSA New Jersey director; Mark Church, career and technical education director, Franklin County (Va.) High School; Mike Cowles, SkillsUSA Ohio director; Karen Ward, SkillsUSA Massachusetts director

Student2Student Grand Prize Chapter

Bloomington (Calif.) High School

Torch Carrier Award

Susan Christophersen, General Motors, national Automotive Service Technology contest chair; Dave Worden, Kohler Co., national Power Equipment Technology contest chair

SkillsUSA ChampionshipsGOLD MEDALISTS

Trade, Industrial and Technical Contests

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation: (teams) Regional Technical Institute, Reno, Nev.; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

  • Advertising Design: Amanda Lax, Lexington (S.C.) Technology Center; Sara Gutting; Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, Minn.

  • Architectural Drafting: Jamie Colby, Northwest Education Center, Glendale, Ariz.; Brian Spendak, Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.

  • Automated Manufacturing Technology: (teams) Roseburg HS, Roseburg, Ore.; College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill.

  • Automotive Service Technology: John Washburn, Warwick (R.I.) Area CTC; Nick Johnson, Montana State University Northern, Havre

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology: Luke Zsiga and David Garvin, Tulsa (Okla.) Technology Center Riverside

  • Building Maintenance: Marshall Williams, Eastside Technical Center, Lexington, Ky.; Jose Marquez, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Cabinetmaking: Christopher Staney, Bay Path Regional Vocational-Technical HS, Charlton, Mass.; Michael Olsen, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

  • Carpentry: Mark McGill, River Valley Technical Center, Springfield, Vt.; William Janes, Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa.

  • CNC Milling: Jason Hilleshiem, Wisconsin Lutheran HS, Milwaukee; Bret Lauderbaugh, Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College

  • CNC Turning: Zachary Stephens, Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center, Russell Springs, Ky.; James Bauleke, South Central Technical College, Faribault, Minn.

  • Collision Repair Technology: Josh Smith, Tazewell County Vocational Center, Tazewell, Va.; Robert Isakson, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton

  • Commercial Baking: Krista Burgoyne; Minuteman Regional HS, Lexington, Mass.; Dana Tregellas, Boise State University, Idaho

  • Computer Maintenance Technology: Brandon Thetford, Red Mountain HS, Mesa, Ariz.; David Nelson, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

  • Cosmetology: Elisa Graybill, Sun Area CTC, New Berlin, Pa.; Jennifer Mason, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.

  • Criminal Justice: Brandon Edwards, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.; Erica Cantrell, Greenville (S.C) Technical College

  • Culinary Arts: Ali Metzger, Flagstaff (Ariz.) HS; Wing Lau, Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, Ga.

  • Diesel Equipment Technology: Ryan Cole, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Bellefontaine; Caleb Matzke, Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College

  • Electronics Applications: Aaron (Cory) Moyer, Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Michael Pickens, Southern Utah University, Cedar City

  • Electronics Technology: Steve Gardini, Blackstone Valley RVTS, Upton, Mass.; Benjamin McBride, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

  • Food and Beverage Service: Angell Sanchez, Mission Trails Regional Occupational Program, Salinas, Calif.; Kimberlee Bledsoe, Ozarka College, Melbourne, Ark.

  • Graphic Communications: Jeff McFarland, South Grand Prairie HS, Grand Prairie, Texas; Rebecca Long, Asheville (N.C.) HS

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Phillip Torrence, Chesterfield (Va.) Technical Center; John Patterson, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton

  • Industrial Motor Control: Doug MacMillan, Dover (N.H.) High School and Regional Center; Nathan Piggott, Lansing (Mich.) Community College

  • Internetworking: Ben DeCamp, Dennis Professional Technical Education Center, Boise, Idaho; Quinn Snyder, Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Ariz.

  • Major Appliance Technology: Jessica Long, Robert Morgan Educational Center, Miami; Gordon Schnortz, Hibbing (Minn.) Community College

  • Marine Service Technology: Doug Sullivan, Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne, Fla.; Nathan Fiedler, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton

  • Masonry: Dallas Caudle and Josh Morrison, Central Cabarrus HS, Concord, N.C.

  • Mechatronics: (teams) Four County Joint Vocational School, Archbold, Ohio; Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College

  • Motorcycle Service Technology: Nikolaus Hays, Lake Washington Technical College, Kirkland, Wash.; Greg Gutierrez, Dekalb Technical College, Clarkston, Ga.

  • Nail Care: Helena Stieg, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.; Victoria Stelly, Saline County Career Center, Bauxite, Ark.

  • Photography: Eric Peterson, Fulton HS, Knoxville, Tenn.; Adam Dorobiala, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

  • Plumbing: Jason Tartaris, Grasso Technical HS, Groton, Conn.; Tim Anderson, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County, Gautier

  • Power Equipment Technology: Dustin Arnold, Murray County HS, Chatsworth, Ga.; Dennis Mueller, Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College

  • Precision Machining Technology: Ryan Levy, Jackson (Mich.) Area Career Center; Kenneth Kraft, Oakton Community College, Park Ridge, Ill.

  • Preschool Teaching Assistant: Michaela Brutus, Waterloo (Neb.) Public Schools; Jill Pullen, Wayne (Neb.) State College

  • Residential Wiring: Shawn Mundo, Wilcox Technical HS, Meriden, Conn.; Mike Walter, St. Paul College, St. Paul, Minn.

  • Robotics and Automation Technology: (teams) Pinckney (Mich.) HS; Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon

  • Sheet Metal: Brok Layton and Jerrod Bingham, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah

  • TeamWorks: Caldwell County Career Center, Hudson, N.C.; North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit

  • Technical Computer Applications: Ryan Seward, Roseburg (Ore.) HS; Lee Bottone, Illinois Central College, East Peoria

  • Technical Drafting: Eric Macchi, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational-Technical HS, Upton, Mass.; Kyle Van Leeuwen, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon

  • Telecommunications Cabling: Pete Hrycak, Delcastle Technical HS, Wilmington, Del.; Corey Barlow, East Central Technical College, Fitzgerald, Ga.

  • Television (Video) Production: (teams) Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg, Iowa; Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, Ga.

  • Web Design: (teams) Bergen County Vo-Tech School, Hackensack, N.J.; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston

  • Welding: Adam Lutgring, Pike Central HS, Petersburg, Ind.; Ted Luszczynski, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Health Occupations Contests

  • Basic Health Care Skills: Matthew Bourke, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Bourne, Mass.

  • Dental Assisting: Kayla Hilliard, Lancaster County CTC, Willow Street, Pa.; Melissa McClister, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Health Knowledge Bowl: (teams) Trumbull CTC, Warren, Ohio; East Central Technical College, Fitzgerald, Ga.

  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio: Julianne Bodenhorn; Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.; Jay Tsultin, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Medical Assisting: Heather Ruest, Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.; Shannon Patterson, Griffin (Ga.) Technical College

  • Nurse Assisting: Ashley Williams, Tri County Technical Center, Dexter, Maine; Jeff Kelley, South Georgia Technical College, Americus

  • Practical Nursing: Erin O’Meara, Trumbull CTC, Warren, Ohio; Melissa Erpelding, Northeast Kansas Technical College, Atchison

Leadership Development Contests

  • Action Skills: Richard Linares, Roosevelt HS, Yonkers, N.Y.; Gregory Sams, Friedman Occupational Center, Los Angeles

  • American Spirit: (chapter) Birdville ISD Career Center, Halton City, Texas
    Chapter Business Procedure: (teams) West Bladen HS, Bladenboro, N.C.; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

  • Chapter Display: (teams) Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford, N.J.; Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, Ga.

  • Community Service: (teams) Greater Lawrence Technical HS, Andover, Mass.; Bay Arenac Career Center, Bay City, Mich.

  • Extemporaneous Speaking: Amber Webb, Snow Canyon HS, Saint George, Utah; Kenneth Downing Jr., Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

  • Job Interview: Lori Higashi, Mililani (Hawaii) HS; Elizabeth Cappella, Branch Area Careers Center, Coldwater, Mich.

  • Job Skill Demonstration A: Dawn Naylor, Polytech HS, Woodside, Del., James Merrell, Pioneer CTC, Shelby, Ohio

  • Job Skill Demonstration B: Libby Tuckey, Branch Area Careers Center, Coldwater, Mich.; Keri Muntefering, Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute

  • Occupational Health and Safety: (multiple section) Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.; (single section) Pike County Joint Vocational School, Piketon, Ohio; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies: (teams) Biloxi (Miss.) HS CTC; Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

  • Outstanding Chapter: Buckeye Hills Career Center, Rio Grande, Ohio; Kaw Area Technical School, Topeka, Kan.

  • Prepared Speech: Laura Krell, Sun Area CTC, New Berlin, Pa.; P.J. Jackson, Central Georgia Technical College, Macon

  • Promotional Bulletin Board: (teams) Bremerton (Wash.) HS; East Los Angeles Occupational Center, California

  • Quiz Bowl: (teams) McMinn County Vocational Center, Athens, Tenn.; Tennessee Technology Center at Athens

Occupationally Related Contests

  • Customer Service: Kayla Harriman, Oakland Technical Center Northeast, Pontiac, Mich.; Jessica Zentz, Frederick County CTC, Frederick, Md.

  • First Aid and CPR: Kimberly Brown and Kelly Carothers, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Principles of Technology: Kayli Wetterskog, Duncanville (Texas ) HS; Michael Mills, Southern Utah University, Cedar City

  • Related Technical Math: Eric Wheeler, Centennial HS, Franklin, Tenn.; Matt Schmitz, Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College

  • Total Quality Management: (teams) Mesa (Ariz.) HS; Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach, Va.

Demonstration Contests

  • Computer Programming: Kevin Franzen, Willowbrook HS, Villa Park, Ill.; Douglas Thomsen, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

  • Firefighting: Matt Hawley, Cass Career Center, Harrisonville, Mo.; Aaron Davis, Autry Technology Center, Enid, Okla.

  • Entrepreneurship: (teams) Bergen County Vocational-Technical School, Hackensack, N.J.; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

  • Radio (Audio) Production: (teams) Weslaco (Texas) HS; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

  • Team Problem Solving: T.H. Pickens Technical Center, Aurora, Colo.

  • Tech Prep Showcase (gold standard): Grant Joint Vocational School, Bethel, Ohio; Greenville (Ohio) Senior HS; Lakewood (Ohio) HS; Meridian (Idaho) Charter HS; Millstream CTC North, Findlay, Ohio (two medals); Plymouth (Mass.) South HS; Shawsheen HS, Billerica, Mass.; Stebbins HS, Riverside, Ohio

  • Television News Anchor/Reporter: (teams) Arlington (Va.) Career Center; University of Texas at Brownsville

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