by, Stephanie Carter and Lezlee Whiting

How does a mechanic in training improve his skills? What about welders or plumbers, or even hair stylists? How do students who are in school to learn a new profession gear up to hone their new career skills in today’s competitive world of business?

The answer is through SkillsUSA’s annual competitions. SkillsUSA is a world-wide organization serving high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.

Nearly 80 students from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC) displayed their skills before judges last month at the Utah Leadership & Skills Competition. The group brought home six gold medals, eight silver and seven bronze medals.

UBATC students competed in advertising design, drafting, automotive, cabinetry, culinary arts, diesel, job interview, medical terminology, nursing, carpentry, public speaking, and welding.

Gold medals were awarded to: Josh Costello, Cabinetmaking; Masen Holmes, Electrical Construction Wiring; Jordan Wynn, Welding; Marlie Holmes, Welding Sculpture; Noah Morley, Architectural Drafting; and Madison Bullock, Medical Terminology. These students will now go on to represent UBATC and Utah at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in late June.

Silver medalists are: Trever Sleight, Cabinetmaking; Hayden Boren, Electrical Construction Wiring and Jacob Speirs, Automotive Service Technology and the Health Knowledge Bowl Team, Katie Herman, Spencer Oldham, Anjali Chaudhari and Kallie Esplin.

Bronze medalists are: Alec Foster, Culinary Arts, Kayleen Daley, Nurse Assisting and Chad Stewart, Motorcycle Service Technology; Brodee Oldroyd, Plumbing;  and Welding Fabrication Team members: Benche’t Kenney, Charlie Rich and Riley Smith.

“I said this last year and I’ll say it again, the success that our students have is a direct reflection on our instructors and the quality of instruction,” said UBATC President Aaron Weight. “Congratulations to our students and great job to everyone involved in planning and preparing for the competition.”

During closing ceremonies at the SkillsUSA competition President Weight was honored as the Administrator of the Year. He received the award in recognition of his outstanding service and support of students, education professionals, and industry partners of SkillsUSA Utah.

Other statewide competitions were also held recently for technical students. A team of six UBATC students competed in Architecture Design at the Utah Technology Student Association Competition and brought home gold medals.

Architecture Design team members: Makenzie Baker, Katelyn Baker, Maddie Young, Jacob Harper, Payton Green and Cameron Atwood will now compete at Nationals in Orlando, Florida in June.



UBATC students competed in the Utah Leadership & Skills Competition coming home with six gold, eight silver, and seven bronze medals. Pictured are gold medalists who will be competing later this June in Louisville, Kentucky. Left to right, front row, UBATC President Weight, Instructor Jeff Taniguchi, Marlie Holmes, Josh Costello, Jordan Wynn, Noah Morley, and Masen Holmes. Left to right, back row are UBATC instructors, Aaron Reary, Kevin Mitchell, Steve Winterton, Rick Prather, and Trent Tomlinson. Not pictured, Madison Bullock.



UBATC student, Madison Bullcok, returned home with a gold medal in medical terminology from the Utah Leadership & Skills Competition.  Bullock will join other state winners to compete at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky this June.









A team of six UBATC students competed in Architecture Design at the Utah Technology Student Association Competition and brought home gold medals. Pictured left to right, Makenzie Baker, Katelyn Baker, Instructor Sam Baker, Maddie Young, Jacob Harper (holding model), Payton Green and Cameron Atwood. The team will compete at Nationals in Orlando, Florida in June.