PSTCC Students Earn 4 Gold Medals at SkillsUSA

Source: PSTCC | Release | May 6, 2022

Pellissippi State’s SkillsUSA competitors and their advisors include, from left, Aaron Roy, Adam Streich, Sharleen Foster, Hunter Frazier, Ethan Kent, Anika Schultz, Simon Shelton, Matt Spraker, Richie Gelfand, Channing Mendez, Ian Johnson, Thomas Wilhite, Elijah Ray and Jonathan Maness. Not pictured are advisors Katie Lovette and Shaquille Marsh.

Pellissippi State students who competed in SkillsUSA Tennessee’s State Leadership and Skills Conference in Chattanooga last week brought home Gold medals in four categories:

  • The Video Production Technology team of Ian Johnson and Channing Mendez for Digital Cinematography;
  • Richie Gelfand for Welding;
  • Anika Schultz for Prepared Speech; and
  • The Audio Production Engineering team of Elijah Ray and Thomas Wilhite for Audio/Radio Production, the second Gold for Pellissippi State in this category in two years.

Even though Pellissippi State’s Welding Fabrication team did not medal, students Hunter Frazier, Ethan Kent and Simon Shelton produced superb work.

In addition to competing, Pellissippi State students also attended workshops on professionalism and leadership, as well as talked with industry leaders in their fields. Gold medalists will next represent Tennessee in SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta June 19-24.

“Beyond their excellent work in the competitions, these students were great representatives of Pellissippi State!” said SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor Matt Spraker, director of Student Engagement and Leadership. “They presented themselves as professionals throughout the conference, and the dedication of their advisors was seen throughout the week.”

Pellissippi State’s SkillsUSA advisors include Media Technologies Support Technician Sharleen Foster and Program Coordinator Katie Lovette for Video Production Technology; Assistant Professor Adam Streich and Instructor Aaron Roy for Welding Technology; Assistant Professor Shaquille Marsh for Speech; and Instructor Jonathan Maness for Audio Production Engineering.