Students Graduate from Carolina Auction Academy

Students Graduate from Carolina Auction Academy

CAA Grads

Pictured from left to right (front row): David Culpepper (Oakboro), Caroleen Baucom (Monroe), Tamara Johnson (Charlotte), Beth Usery (Locust), Art Dube (Albemarle), and Gary Blount (Monroe).

Back row: Jeff Saxon (Hiddenite), Stephen Blanchard (West End), Kathy Wood (Fayetteville), John Wood (Fayetteville), Dave Holland (Davidson), and Nolan Rudisill (Maiden). Not pictured—David Harwood (Richfield).

Stanly Community College's (SCC) auctioneering school, Carolina Auction Academy (CAA) recently held its student auction at Hinson's Auction Barn in Oakboro, followed by a graduation ceremony. Students learned about rules and regulations, the chant, accounting, livestock, auto auctions, advertising, appraisals, running an auction facility, ringwork, and more. "This was a real dedicated group of students," noted Bill O'Neal, CAA Instructor and North Carolina State Champion. "One student attended a class through an interactive video with us while he was on a plane heading to Hawaii."

Every year students vote on two awards by secret ballot. This year's winners were Nolan Rudisill, Best all Around, and David Harwood, Most Improved. Students will be eligible to take the state exam in December to become licensed auctioneers in North Carolina.

Carolina Auction Academy opened its doors to the community in August 2005, and has established a group of dedicated instructors who travel to Stanly County to share their knowledge about the auction industry. Instructors include Eli Detweiler, Jr. (2010 International Champion), Ivan Broadwell (SC State Champion), Bill O'Neal (NC State Champion), and Kevin Winchester (Wingate College Professor, Author and Musician), Becky Tarleton (NC Woman's Champion), Mark Lowder (Attorney at Law), Chris Brown (Math Teacher and Auctioneer), and Betty O'Neal (Auctioneer, Real Estate Broker, and Auctioneer Hall of Fame Member).

Registration is now open for the February 2019 class that coincides with the state exam times. Financial assistance is available, including the Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, a new Personal Property Appraisers course will begin on January 7, 2019, and is taught by Ivan Broadwell and Bill O'Neal (seating is limited).

For more information about Carolina Auction Academy or the new Personal Property Appraiser course, contact Betty O'Neal at (704) 991-0142 or