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Drake State Students Earn Medals at SkillsUSA Competition



 Students from J.F. Drake State Technical College brought back 11 medals from the recent SkillsUSA state competition in Birmingham. 

The SkillsUSA event allows students at both the high school and postsecondary levels to match skills in technical disciplines such as drafting, electrical, industrial motor control, and more.

Drake State students placed in the following events: Ja-Me-S Ali, Third Place in Architectural Drafting; Qiana James, Third Place in Customer Service; Katrina Moultrie, Kristina Vick, Brittany Chadwick, Tandra Blackmon, and Carrie Atkinson, Second Place in Cosmetology Quiz Bowl; Brett Byrom, First Place in Culinary Arts; George (Victor) Harlow III, First Place in Computer Programming; Charles Potter, First Place in Technical Drafting; and Forrest Teague, First Place in Welding.  Top winners in each competition are eligible to represent Alabama in the national SkillsUSA championship in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

SkillsUSA is a national organization devoted to preparing students for further education and careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. It serves more than 300,000 high school, college, and professional members and has almost 10,000 members in Alabama. Its annual competition brings students from across the state together to compete in more than 60 different categories including carpentry, electrical technology, video production, and cosmetology.

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