By Staff Reports



LOWNDES COUNTY -- Twenty-five Lowndes High School students recently attended the Region 8 Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Skills contest at Altamaha Technical College in Jesup.

The Lowndes Chapter brought home seven first-place wins, seven second-place wins and one third-place finish in 15 of the 17 events they entered. Those students who finished second place or above qualified to attend the state competition to be held in Atlanta this April. A win in Atlanta will send students to nationals in Kansas City this summer.



Leadership Development Contest

Betty Singletary, first place, Job Interview

Anthony McCastle, second place, Prepared Speech



Health Occupations Contest

Ashley Baxter, first place, Basic Health Care Skills

Kim Baxter, first place, First Aid and CPR

Donnie Bailey, Eric Burnette, Nikkie Mitchell, B. J. McCall, and Ashley Harbach, second place, Health Knowledge Bowl

Rebecca Fuller, first place, Medical Assisting

Amber Shiver, first place, Nurse Assisting

Trade, Industry and Technical Contest

Matt Russ, second place, Plumbing

John Yi, first place, Power Equipment Technology

Adam Garschagen, second place, Architectural Drafting

Alfonso Huerta, second place, Auto Service Technology

Trey Cothron, third place, Carpentry

Cory Lippel, second place, Masonry

Kevin Bittner, second place, Residential Wiring

Joey Johnson, first place, Technical Drafting



Students required to attend the competition who were already qualified for state were Casey Touchton, community service; Julie Davis, promotional bulletin board; Michael McGee, diesel equipment technology; Trey Wright, motorcycle preparer; and John Yi, alternate.

Other students who competed were Sam Hawke, collision repair technology; and Tommy Cowart, welding.

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