Tennessee Technology Center team places fourth in national competition
Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 10:11 am
The Messenger 07.25.08
A team of five students from the Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern recently competed in the Quiz Bowl Leadership Competition at the SkillsUSA Championships and earned fourth place in the national competition.
The team members included Amber Cross (drafting), Robert Doss (electronics), James Enochs (electronics), Peter O’Malley (electronics) and Marcus Baker (electronics).
The competition took place in Kansas City, Mo., at the SkillsUSA national competition. The team was coached and accompanied by TTCN instructor Dottye Webb. The SkillsUSA Championships are held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
The quiz bowl leadership competition tests a five-member team’s ability to quickly respond to questions covering areas of academic knowledge, professional development and current events. Team members demonstrate excellence in team communication, conflict resolution and time management.
Additionally, the TTC-Newbern team members served as national voting delegates for Tennessee, elected national officers, met with business and industry representatives, conducted business of the organization and heard from government officials.
The TTC-Newbern chapter was extremely competitive this academic year, earning high marks in both leadership and skilled competitions at the regional and state competitions as well. The quiz bowl team earned the right to compete at the nationals when it received first-place honors at the Tennessee SkillsUSA Championships in Chattanooga in the spring.
Ashley Fowler and Eric Hogeland, two dual credit Auto-motive Technology students from Dyer County High School, earned high achievements at the regional competitions and advanced to the state competitions. Cindy Hunt, an HVAC/R student, also earned a third-place bronze medal in the HVAC/R technician competition at the state championships. Jim Stafford, Jay Litchford and Dottye Webb served as SkillsUSA advisors and coaches for the SkillsUSA competitors.
SkillsUSA is a national organi-zation that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical schools and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA has more than 285,000 members annually, organized into more than 15,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served in excess of 9.3 million members.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high-performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.
The association emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.