MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) recently competed in the SkillsUSA Alabama State Leadership and Skills Conference where 16 students from the Carpentry and Salon and Spa program brought home medals, with 10 winning state competition and qualifying for the national competition in Louisville, Ky.

NWSCC Salon and Spa students bring home 10 medals from State SkillsUSA competition.
(Back Row) Sydney Hallmark, Becca Belue, Anthony Jordan, Johni Sutton, and Rainey Johnson;
(Front Row) Jordan Appleton, Magan Stewart, and Kaitlyn Justice

NWSCC students Becca Belue, of Rogersville, (Cosmetology); Rainey Johnson, of Moulton, (Esthetics); Julie Stegall, of Florence, (Nail Care); Magan Stewart, of Anderson, (Customer Service); Jordan Appleton, of Hillsboro, (Prepared Speech); Kesha Davis, of Courtland, (Job Skill Demonstration A); Porshe Paris, of Florence, (Job Skill Demonstration Open); Grady LeCroy, of Florence, (Carpentry); Brodey Staggs, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., (Cabinetmaking); and Nolan Stracener, of Muscle Shoals, (Cabinetmaking, participated in secondary competition as a NWSCC dual enrolled student at Colbert County High School); won gold at the State Skills USA Competition.

Carpentry students win 6 medals at State SkillsUSA competition
Pictured L to R: Nolan Stracener, Brodey Staggs, AJ Webster, and Grady LeCroy

Their first place wins qualify them to represent Alabama at the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Competition June 24-28, 2019. They will compete against more than 6,500 career and technical education students.

In addition to the gold medalists, several NWSCC students also won silver, bronze, and placed in the top five of the competition. Sydney Hallmark, of Loretto, Tenn., (Esthetics); Kaitlyn Justice, of Tuscumbia, (Customer Service); AJ Webster, of Florence, (Carpentry); Danny Borden, of Russellville, (Cabinetmaking); won silver medal honors. Johni Sutton, of Florence, (Cosmetology) and Spencer Lodgson, of Killen, (Cabinetmaking) won bronze medal honors. Sam Flippo, of Florence, and Anthony Jordan, of Muscle Shoals, placed fourth and fifth respectively in Men’s Hair Design.

NWSCC SkillsUSA sponsors are: Melinda Grissom, Callie Bankston, Brittney Doran, Jessie White and Titus Grisham.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA serves more than 340,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 19,000 local chapters in 52 state and territorial associations.