UBTech Titans claim top honors at State SkillsUSA competition
Over 80 students from Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) recently attended the SkillsUSA Utah Leadership and Skills Conference. Nearly half the group ended the conference being recognized on the medalist stand.
Thirty-seven UBTech students medaled at the state competition. Thirteen students took home gold medals, 13 earned silver, and 11 claimed bronze.
“I am proud of the quality of instruction that UBTech faculty has proven time and time again,” said UBTech President Aaron Weight. “Congratulations students! Go UBTech Titans!”
Notably, this year UBTech swept the Nurse Assisting in the secondary category.
In addition, with a medalist in the post-secondary Welding Sculpture category, UBTech maintains their legacy of having a medalist in a welding category for the last nine consecutive years.
UBTech students have medaled in the First Aid/CPR category for the past four years, and the Nurse Assistant and Carpentry categories for the past five years.
The 13 gold medalists include: Ronald Salguero Suchite, Automotive Service Technology, secondary student; Feranda Clement, Basic Health Care Skills, secondary student; Kolby Winterton, Cabinetmaking, secondary student; Ethan Bowden, Carpentry, secondary student; 2-person team, Dmitry Simmons and Gage Campbell, Cyber Security, secondary students.
William Jessen, Information Technology Services, post-secondary student; Emily Caldwell, Medical Terminology, secondary student; Brenden VanDyke, Motorcycle Service Technology, post-secondary student; Ayden Stratz, Motorcycle Service Technology, secondary student; Brianne Bird, Nurse Assisting, secondary student; Shane Riley, Power Equipment Technology, secondary student; and EmmaLyn Day, Prepared Speech, secondary student.
The 13 silver medalists include: Anthony Reuss, Automotive Service Technology, post-secondary student; Chrishaun Bahe, Carpentry, post-secondary student; 2-person team, Abel Rios and Damien Harding, Cyber Security, secondary students; Caleb Hadlock, First-Aid/CPR, secondary student.
Gage Hague, Masonary, secondary student; Dylan Brixey, Motorcycle Service Technology, secondary student; Ashlyn Angus, Nurse Assisting, secondary student; Mason (Jesse) Montoya, Plumbing, secondary student; and 4-person team, Gabriel Blunt, Hudson Scholes, Liam Smith, and Sai Rasmussen in TeamWorks, secondary students.
The 11 students earning bronze include: Skylee Bird, Culinary Arts, secondary student; Ashlyn Emmons, Customer Service, secondary student; Lucas Duncan, Electrical Construction Wiring, secondary student; Kylie Potter, Job Skill Demonstration, secondary student.
Ryzer Monsen, Nurse Assisting, secondary student; Owen Christiansen, Plumbing, secondary student; Adam Twiss, Welding Sculpture, post-secondary student; and 4-person team, Eddie Rios, Josh Salcido, Kelsey Crow, and Pierce Woodward in TeamWorks, secondary students.
Congratulations also go to UBTech graduate and previous Welding Gold medalist from UBTech, William Hansen, who took the gold again as a post-secondary student at Utah State University Eastern.
Some UBTech students were previous medalists. Adam Twiss is a two-time bronze medalist in Welding Sculpture. Brenden VanDyke previously won a bronze medal, but this year won gold in Motorcycle Service Technology. Ashlyn Angus is also a return medalist, last year winning gold as a member of the Health Knowledge Bowl team and this year earning the silver medal in Nurse Assisting.
Kolby Winterton is a returning gold medalist, last year he was part of the four-man team for TeamWorks winning gold, but this year is the state champion in Cabinetry. Gage Campbell also returns and changes his competition category, last year being a gold medalist in Information Technology Service and now this year winning gold as part of the two-person team for Cyber Security. Another two-time gold medalist is Shane Riley in Power Equipment Technology and Ethan Bowden is a two-time gold medalist, who won the silver two years ago, making him a three-time state medalist.
Gold medalists will have an opportunity to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in June at Atlanta, Georgia.
UBTech was also celebrated with the Highest Membership Growth award for SkillsUSA members and a SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Award, UBTech instructor Angela Hanberg was awarded the College Level Advisor of the Year, and retiree, Jeff Taniguchi, was celebrated as he entered the Utah SkillsUSA Hall of Champions for his years of service.
UBTech students also ran for State SkillsUSA Officer positions, Ashlynn Bascom, Alegna Hanberg, and Jarek Holmes won the elections. Their official titles and positions will be determined by the organization at a later date.