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SkillsUSA students and WCHS/SCC seniors recently competed in the SkillsUSA STATE LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE

Wesley (Cole) Crabtree advances to National competition

Wayne County Area Technology Center and SCC SkillsUSA students compete in a variety of fields

     Wayne County Area Technology Center Automotive Technology student Wesley (Cole) Crabtree will have the honor of advancing to the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia, this June with his 1st Place finish in the Automotive MLR State Contest. Automotive contestants demonstrate competency and perform skills along with Job Interviews and Written Assessments used in the occupational area for which they are training.

      In addition, Wayne County High School seniors Mackenzie Guffey and MackiLee Worley competed in the Kentucky State SkillsUSA. Worley won first place in secondary Esthetics and will be competing in Nationals in Atlanta this June. Guffey got second place in Nail Technology secondary division. These students attend cosmetology school at Somerset Community College in the mornings and then take classes after lunch at Wayne County High School each weekday, so they are getting jumpstart on their future careers. They are instructed by Cosmetologist Jennifer Owens.

     The SkillsUSA NLSC is a weeklong convention held in Atlanta Georgia at The World Congress Center attended by students and instructors in Career and Technical education.

     SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships will be held June 20-24, 2022 with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. Along with all of their competitive events, the conference will also include SkillsUSA TECHSPO, delegate sessions, national officer elections and many opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member/chapter recognition.

     Congratulations to all of the following local ATC students who competed which included:

Automotive Technology-

Wesley (Cole) Crabtree-Automotive Technology MLR 1st Place

Callie Jones-Job Skill Demonstration A


Rubin Casada-Cabinetry Making 1st Place

Hallie Wise-Cabinetry Making 2nd Place

Kaden Shelton-Job Skill Demonstration A

Industrial Maintenance Technology-

Dawson Piercy-Job Skills Demonstration O

Wesley Jones-Industrial Motor Control

   Instructors-Skills/USA Advisors at the Wayne County Area Technology Center which include: Mark Burke, Joshua Parmley, Mark Smith, Alan Bell, and Chris Denney were particularly proud of their students’ accomplishments.

   “The students have been working hard and taking full advantage of their new Area Technology Center. Our new Area Technology Center allows students the opportunity to train with the latest up to date technology and equipment that is necessary in today’s modern workforce. Students have been training within their individual technical classes/programs preparing for the state competition”, said Automotive Technology Teacher Mark Burke. “The students’ strong work ethic and commitment are very much exhibited. We are very proud of them for their accomplishments.”

      Skills USA serves high schools and college students who are preparing for careers in trade occupations and for further education. Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry with the common goal of ensuring a skilled workforce.  The competition side of Skills USA brings out the best in students and allows them to practice their skills abroad. This also helps students meet employers.

      SkillsUSA (formerly known as VICA) is an organization supporting students obtaining education in technical and career education. With over 130,000 Members Nationwide and 13,000 chapters SkillsUSA has a strong following throughout the country. Wayne County ATC Skills/USA Chapter – District 11 has a steady record of seeing local students gain valuable experience at this event which helps them be successful in life.

     “Our mission which mirrors the mission of SkillsUSA is to improve the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training,” concluded Burke.

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(L-R) : ATC students Wesley (Cole) Crabtree, Kaden Shelton, Wesley Jones, and Rubin Casada at Skills USA event

Students sitting at table

 (L-R) : ATC students Callie Jones, Dawson Piercy, Hallie Wise, and Wesley (Cole) Crabtree enjoying themselves at Skills USA Event

Wesley (Cole) Crabtree advances to National competition

Wesley (Cole) Crabtree advances to National competition

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(L-R) : Wesley (Cole) Crabtree, Kaden Shelton, Hallie Wise, Wesley Jones, Callie Jones, Rubin Casada, and Dawson Piercy

Rubin Casada

Rubin Casada won 1st place in Cabinetry Making 

Hallie Wise

Hallie Wise won 2nd place in Cabinetry Making 


WCHS Seniors MacKenzie Guffey and MackiLee Worley also competed in KY State Skills USA. Both girls are enrolled at WCHS and SCC pursuing the Cosmetology field. MackiLee won 1st place in secondary Esthetics and will be competing in Nationals in Atlanta this June. MacKenzie got 2nd place in Nail Technology secondary division. 


MackiLee Worley with her prize at Skills USA

MacKenzie and Mackilee

WCHS Seniors (l-r:) Mackenzie Guffey and MackiLee Worley

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