SCC Students Bring Home SkillsUSA Medals from National Competitions

SkillsUSA National

SCC students recently returned from the SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Pictured left to right in the front row: Gary Hatley, Kimberly Griffin (Monroe), Bryson Tomberlin (Monroe),
World Skills Competitor Curt Love (Oakboro), Kayly Duran (Charlotte), and Gena Trogdon.
Middle row: Leanne Beck (Rockwell), Daniel Tarlton (Oakboro), Ashley Atwood (Locust), Sasha Eury (Albemarle), and Garrett Allen.
Back row: Abigail Helms (Monroe), Tyler Tucker (Norwood), and Johan Mercado (Oakboro).
Not pictured: World Skills Competitor Ryan Hittepole (Mt. Pleasant).
Note: WorldSkills Competitors Curt Love and Ryan Hittepole will compete in the
WorldSkills Competitions in Kazan, Russia, scheduled for August 2019.


Students from Stanly Community College (SCC) recently returned from the National SkillsUSA Championships and brought home first- and second-place medallions among thousands of participating contestants. The 2019 SkillsUSA Championships were part of the 55th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held on June 24-26, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Throughout the week, more than 6,600 outstanding career and technical education students (all state contest winners) competed in over 100 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

“We are very proud of our students who participated in the competitions,” noted Brandon Crump, SCC Technology Academy Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor. “These students are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and leadership skills.”

Students who participated in the competitions included: Abigail Helms (Cosmetology), Tyler Tucker (Electronics Technology), Bryson Tomberlin (Information Technology Services), Ashley Atwood (Medical Assisting), Leanne Beck (Medical Math), Kimberly Griffin (Medical Terminology and Second-Place Silver Medal recipient), Johan Mercado (Practical Nursing), Kayly Duran (Related Technical Math), Daniel Tarlton (Telecommunications Cabling and First-Place Gold Medal recipient).

Several SCC representatives partook as judges for various competitions that included Brandon Crump (Technology Academy Instructor), Jeff Swaringen (Computer Engineering Technology Program Head), Kelly Caudle (ASC/ITC & IT Academy Program Head), Brian Crump (Information Technology/Network Management Program Head), Frank Lambert (Network Technology Instructor), and Volunteer Dan Parmer. In addition, Gary Hatley (Electronics Engineering Technology Program Head), Garrett Allen (AMITT Success Coach), and Gena Trogdon (Cosmetology Instructor) took care of facilitating the logistical support for the students.

North Carolina was well represented in the SkillsUSA Championships, earning 78 medallions, the highest medal count in the country. For more information about SkillsUSA visit, or contact Brandon Crump at (704) 991-0319 or