Claremore Daily Progress

May 20, 2013

NTC students win state SkillsUSA contest awards

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Claremore Progress


Students from Northeast Technology Center’s Pryor Campus recently won awards in this year’s SkillsUSA State Competition. Three students left the contest held in Tulsa with gold medals around their necks.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Emilee Burgess won the first place award in the “Esthetics” category. Burgess is a post-secondary student from Salina. This is her first year in the Cosmetology Program under the direction of instructor Debbie Qualls. 
Antonio Lara took home the gold for his work in the “Auto Collision” category. Lara is a post-secondary Collision Repair Technology student from Claremore under the direction of instructor Ray Darnell. Lara won first place in last year’s competition as well when he was a student of the Home Automation program on the Claremore Campus.
Eli Gaylord, from Oologah High School, received his first place win in the “Industrial Motor Control” category. Gaylord is a first-year Electrical Technology student under the direction of instructor Lester Leak.
All three first-place winners have earned an opportunity to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, June 24-28, where they will compete against students from the entire country.
Other NTC Pryor students who competed in this year’s SkillsUSA contest include Cosmetology students Elizabeth Peters who placed fourth in Cosmetology-Hair, Kenzi Boeckman who placed sixth in Nail Care, DeAnna Bales who placed tenth in Cosmetology-Hair, Haley Forlet who placed 13th in Nail Care, Brett Evans and Sarah Olson, Auto Collision student Colton Johnson who placed fifth in Automotive Refinishing Technology, Electrical Technology students Johathan Gerrior, Matt McGoulderick and Andrew Shann, Diesel students Colton Enman, Hayden DeLozier and Adam Luper, Metal Fabrication students Jesse Mohon, Kyle Melton, Tyler Mitchell and Kolyn Brashers, and Welding students Matt Wilson, Tyler Branstetter and Bobby Longcrier.
For more information on the Cosmetology, Auto Collision or Electrical Technology programs and other training opportunities at NTC, visit or call (918) 825-5555.