Twenty-six MGCCC students win at state SkillsUSA competitions

Twenty-six students from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College won awards at state SkillsUSA competitions for career and technical students held Feb. 25-26 in Jackson.  Seventeen MGCCC students won first place.

George County Center (postsecondary only) winners are Douglas Reitz of Lucedale, first place in Welding Sculpture; Vickie Bishop of Lucedale, first place in Occupational Health and Safety Single; James Wooley of Lucedale, first place in Chapter Display; Darius Smith of Lucedale, first place in Chapter Display; Dustin Allgood of Lucedale, second place in Welding Fabrication; Cyndi Hale of Lucedale, second place in Promotional Bulletin Board; Amanda Todd of Lucedale, second place in Promotional Bulletin Board; and Haley Byrd of Richton, second place in Promotional Bulletin Board.

The winners from the Jackson County Campus are Tim Sandifer of Moss Point, first place in Technical Drafting; Corey Wallace of Moss Point, first place in Welding; Comilo Montalvo of Pascagoula, first place in Occupational Health and Safety Team; Carrie Yonge of Lucedale, first place in Occupational Health and Safety Team; and Michael Ward of Escatawpa, third place in Architectural Drafting.

Jefferson Davis Campus winners are Stephen Broussard of Biloxi, first place in Technical Computer Applications; Brandi Upton of Lucedale, first place in Auto Collision; Lisa Geeslin of Ocean Springs, first place in Culinary Arts; Shelby Blackmon of Biloxi, first place in Preschool Teaching Assistant; Cody Goodwin of Gulfport, first place in Industrial Motor Control; Maria Leeks of Ocean Springs, second place in Commercial Baking; Clarence Montgomery of Gulfport, second place in Residential Wiring; John Russell of Petal, second place in Internetworking; and Tom Koch of Cuevas, third place in Computer Maintenance.

Winners from the Perkinston Campus are Alaisa Morgan of Gulfport, first place in Advertising Design; Leif Henley of Bay St. Louis, first place in Web Design (team); Levi Cripps of Wiggins, first place in Web Design (team); and Anthony Nichols of Gulfport, first place in Technical Math.

Winners are eligible to attend national SkillsUSA competitions, to be held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.