Students Win Gold in SkillsUSA National Quiz Bowl

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 at 15:20 PM


Louisville, KY- The Ogeechee Technical College SkillsUSA team recently won gold in the prestigious SkillsUSA National Championships held this past June in Louisville, KY. The SkillsUSA competition was comprised of several highly competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. To reach nationals, students had to succeed at both local and state levels.

Team members awarded a gold medal for their Quiz Bowl win were Jacob Bolen, Mark Olsson, Chris Archambeault, Micheal Millette, Garet Sircey, Leigh Anne Nowicki, and Riley Mannfeld.

“We are always so excited for our students to showcase the training and skills they learn at OTC at a national level”, said Lori Durden, President of Ogeechee Tech. “This year, it was great that their hard work and dedication really paid off.”

The quiz bowl competitors were tested on their ability to quickly respond to questions and their depth of knowledge in relation to SkillsUSA careers essentials and current events. 

“It was an honor and privilege to be the SkillsUSA Quiz-Bowl coach for this group of incredible individuals,” said Terry Hand, an IT instructor at Ogeechee Tech. “At OTC, I truly believe we are making a difference by helping people receive the quality education they need to be successful in today’s modern-day work environment.”

Other students who participated were Ryker Collins in Sheet Metal, Robert Woodie in Internetworking, and Lane (Stewart) Jarrell, Andre Perez, and Ethan Harrison in the Career Pathways Showcase. OTC staff who accompanied the students as Showcase Advisors were Jackie Howard, Allen McDaniel, Beckie Snyder, Terry Hand, Shane Todd, Chuck Davis, and Norm Threatt.  


“It is so difficult to win a medal in this competition, much less a gold medal,” said Durden. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of these students and the staff that supported them. It is just fantastic.”



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