Year in Review: UACCM Students Win Gold at SkillsUSA

students stand in front of a backdrop and are holding a banner
(L to R): UACCM welding instructor Zackary Freeman, student Joseph Brasko, Phillip Rusakov,
Matt Williams, and Cain Newton 
Eight students from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton competed against their peers in the state SkillsUSA competition at the Hot Springs Convention Center, bringing home five gold and two bronze awards.

The competition tested students’ skills and knowledge in technical fields, with UACCM students competing in the drafting and welding categories. Gold-medal winners are eligible to attend the SkillsUSA national competition this June in Louisville, Ky.

Students gain a sense of pride when competing," Kristen Karetov, a UACCM drafting instructor, said. "This is an opportunity to show the state of Arkansas the skills that they have worked so hard to obtain. Then, if they win a gold medal, they get to show the United States. SkillsUSA is a confidence booster for most students. Even those that don’t win, at least they put themselves out there and competed when most don’t."

Raquel Taylor – technical drafting, gold
Ted Johnston – technical drafting, bronze
Jessie Lentz – architectural drafting, gold

Matt McWilliams – welding fabrication, gold
Phillip Rusokov – welding fabrication, gold
Cain Newton – welding fabrication, gold
Joseph Brasko – welding, bronze
Peyton Freeman – welding

Three male students rise arms in celebration
(L to R) Brasko, Newton, and McWilliams


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