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TCAT McKenzie Students Win State Awards


TN College of Applied Technology in McKenzie sent 22 post-secondary students and 1 secondary student to the Tennessee SkillsUSA Competition in Chattanooga.  Nineteen students received medals in various competitions.


            James Lee of Paris received the bronze medal for Welding.  Matthew Fourman of Paris received the bronze medal for CIT-Information Technology Service. C.J. Scott of McKenzie received the bronze medal for MT-CNC Technician.


            Silver medalists included Robert Reynolds from Trezevant, Ryan Crouch from Bruceton, and Jacob Pinkley from Trezevant, for Welding Fabrication; Garrett Keaton from Bumpus Mills for Welding-Related Technical Math; Michael Johnson from Greenfield, MT-CNC Milling Specialist and Chey Luddeke from Dresden, HVAC-Major Appliance Repair.


            Gold medal winners were James “Bubba” Smith, Jr. HVAC/Refrigeration student from Dresden for HVAC/R High School Division; William Butler of Buena Vista, MT-CNC Turning Specialist; Casey Dowell of Bruceton, HVAC/R Post Secondary; Lane Derryberry from Lexington, Auto-Job Skills Demonstration; and Quiz Bowl Champions Charlie Lor from Huntingdon, Robyn Massey from Cedar Grove, Zack Hugueley from McKenzie, Troy Harrell from Martin, Paul Willis from Paris and Chuck Hutcheson from McKenzie.  The gold medalists will go on to compete in Louisville, KY at the National SkillsUSA competition in June. 


            TCAT-McKenzie was also the recipient of the James D. King award for Division III (schools with under 300 students).  This award is presented to the school with the highest total points at the end of SkillsUSA competition.  Points are based on number of contest entries and level of award earned.  TCAT-McKenzie is very proud to have received this award for the 3rd year. 


            SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.  SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.  At the annual national-level Skills USA Championships, over 5,000 students competed in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas.


            TCAT-McKenzie would like to congratulate all our winners and to thank all our participants.


            TCAT- McKenzie offers programs in 9 areas.  They are Automotive Technology, Administrative Office Technology, Computer Information Technology, Telecommunications Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Production Automation Technology and Welding Technology.  For more information call 731-352-7506.