Nine Forsyth Tech Students Medal In National SkillsUSA Championships

(Winston-Salem, N.C.) – Nine Forsyth Tech Engineering Technologies students received top honors in four categories for their performance in the national SkillsUSA Championships that took place last month in Louisville, KY. Collectively, the students earned three silver awards and one bronze. The students advanced to the national SkillsUSA competition after placing first in their respective fields during the SkillsUSA state competition in Greensboro in April.

Members of Forsyth Tech’s winning teams and the categories, in which they won, include:

·       Broadcast News Production, Silver Medal
 Ahmed Shabazz
 Jennifer Blankenship
 Charlie Ellis
 Stefan Moore

·       Television (Video) Production, Silver Medal
 Sean Killebrew
 Michael Surber

Screen Printing Technology, Silver Medal
 Bradley Carlton

·       Audio-Radio Production, Bronze Medal
Katherine Needham
Nathan Rumley

More than 6,000 students from across the U.S. competed in 100 categories. The Championships were fast-moving and challenging, requiring participants to stretch their written, oral and specific industry skills to new levels, according to Lee Smith, Forsyth Tech’s instructor for Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology. “The competition not only challenged students’ skill sets, but also enhanced their resumes for future career consideration,” he said.

In all, 15 Forsyth Tech students advanced to the national SkillsUSA competition this year.

Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green stated, “Just making it to the national level is a significant accomplishment, and we had a record number of participants attend.”

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization for high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The purpose of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech ( provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers: associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study; programs that promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars; and customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff."

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