Northeast State students win six SkillsUSA 6 gold, 2 silver medals | Appalachian Highlands

CHATTANOOGA — Northeast State Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter earned six gold and two silver medals at the Tennessee 2022 Leadership and Skills Conference in Chattanooga.

“We are extremely proud of our students and their work to represent themselves and the Northeast State,” said Dr. Donna Farrell, technologies dean at the Blountville-based Northeast State. “Many thanks to our faculty advisors. These awards would not have been achieved without their mentorship.”

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The gold medalists have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills competition set for Atlanta on June 20-24. More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners from across the United States attend the week-long event.

Here are Northeast State’s medalists:


Architectural Design

Macon Barden

Electrical Construction Wire

Noah Maxwell

Extemporaneous Speaking

Hannah McSwain

Job Interview

Laura Franklin

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Job Skill Demonstration

Mayce Wood

Technical Drafting

Zack Oliver


Additive Manufacturing

Blake Robertson and Joseph Jenkins

Computer Programming

MacKenly Jones

Welding students also participating in the state competition were Jordyn Zimmerman, Charles Walker, Hayden Peal, John McPheron and Ethan Kanipe.

Northeast State faculty members in attendance were Dan Arnett of engineering design, Steve Smith of construction and electrical, William Whiteaker of welding fabrication and sculpture and John McMeen of computer science programming).

Also in attendance were Technologies Dean Donna Farrell and SkillsUSA advisors Nichole Manz-Young and Ray Acker.

Northeast State also garnered the James D. King award for colleges. The award is based on the most points accumulated by the school’s SkillsUSA chapter and the number and type of medals received at the state competition.

The award is named for King, a former Northeast State president, to honor his commitment to making SkillsUSA a priority experience for Tennessee College of Applied Technology students and his work to establish the Tennessee Postsecondary SkillsUSA Association.

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