MUSCLE SHOALS-- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) 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.

NW-SCC 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 NW-SCC dual enrolled student at Colbert County High School); won gold at the State Skills USA Competition.

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 NW-SCC 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.

NW-SCC 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.