SOWELA Students Bring Home 12 Medals from
State-Wide SkillsUSA Competition
Lake Charles, Louisiana – May 2, 2017
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the 34th annual SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference concluded with SOWELA Technical Community College winning a total of 12 medals in seven different contests. SOWELA students Brookin Alexander and Heather Halphen were elected to SkillsUSA State Office as State President and State Vice President, respectively. SOWELA competed in Advertising Design, Commercial Baking, Customer Service, Extemporaneous Speaking, State Pin Design, State T-shirt Design, and Television Production. Gold medal winners advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY in June.
Those receiving awards from SOWELA include:
|• Kortney Istre||Gold||Commercial Baking|
|• Danielle Wright||Silver||Commercial Baking|
|• Will Sherwood ||Gold||Advertising Design|
|• Richard Trahan||Silver||Customer Service|
|• Joel Dees||Silver||Extemporaneous Speaking|
|• David Sonnier||Gold||Television Production (Team)|
|• Skyler McMillian||Gold||Television Production (Team)|
|• Brookin Alexander||Gold||Pin Design|
|• Will Sherwood||Silver||Pin Design|
|• Ashley Cook||Bronze||Pin Design|
|• Heather Halphen||Silver||T-Shirt Design|
|• Ashley Cook||Bronze||T-Shirt Design|
SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary is a partnership of students, faculty, business, and industry working together to ensure Louisiana has a skilled workforce. It is considered the definitive skills challenge for career and technical education in Louisiana, and is one of the state's largest events of its kind. During the competition, students match their abilities against their peers in various contests judged by experts from industry and education.
"I’m proud to be an advisor for SkillsUSA. These competitions allow students to test themselves in a real world setting. For some students this serves as a confidence booster, for others, it can be a wake-up call. Either way students get to experience a real challenge and prove that they are the best. The students that prove they are the best at the state level can then travel to nationals and compete to win scholarships and prize packages. All great benefits and incentives to compete,” said Darrell Buck, SkillsUSA Advisor and Graphic Art Instructor.
SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 320,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 75 years.