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Students Awarded Medals at Region 4 SkillsUSA Competition

 Skills/USA region 4 winnersPinellas Technical College (PTC) students won top honors at the SkillsUSA Region 4 competition held at Marchman Technical College and Pasco Hernando State College on February 17th. 
Samira Hueso,  Gold, Commercial Baking, SkillsUSA Region 4Anatasia Escamilla, Gold Medalist, Culinary Arts,  Job Skill Demonstration, SkillsUSA, Region 4
There were 17 Gold, 11 Silver, and 5 Bronze medalists from both Pinellas Technical College campuses and they include:
Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus  
Nicholas Bender, Gold, Automotive Technology, SkillsUSA region 4  Jessica DaSilva,  Silver, Commercial Baking, SkillsUSA, Region 4
SkillsUSA Regional Winners

Automotive Service Technology  (College/Postsecondary)    
Nicholas Bender, Gold
Payton Schefer, Bronze

Automotive Service Technology  (College/Postsecondary)    
Prepared Speech
William Gauzens, Gold

Cabinetmaking  (College/Postsecondary)    
Mark Savitskiy, Gold
Stephen Perez, Silver

Commercial Baking  (College/Postsecondary)     Payton Schefer,  Bronze, Automotive Technology, SkillsUSA region 4
Samira Hueso, Gold
Jessica DeSilva, Silver

Culinary Arts  (College/Postsecondary)    
Job Skill Demonstration A

Anatasia Escamilla, Gold

Diesel  (College/Postsecondary)    
Martin Foley, Gold
Geoff Huttel, Silver
Alex Soto, Bronze

Interior Design Program  (College/Postsecondary)    
Customer Service
Edricka Smith, Gold

Era Angels, Silver, Culinary Arts, SkillsUSA Region 4 Welding (College/Postsecondary)
Devin Kyle, Gold
Spencer Stevens, Silver
Kenneth Osborne, Bronze
Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg Campus
SkillsUSA Regional Winners

Culinary Arts (College)
Matthew Allende, Gold
Era Angels, Silver
Jaspreet Verdi, Bronze

Automotive Refinishing Technology (College/Postsecondary)
Thomas Crowley, Gold
Evan Thurber, Silver

Early Childhood Education (College/Postsecondary)
Arion Kirksey, Gold
Kenyatta Davis, Silver

Plumbing (College)William Gauzens, Gold, Prepared Speech, Auto Service, SkillsUSA Region 4     
Max Duren, Gold
Kelly Vanderklok

Television (Video) Production (College/Postsecondary)
Zachary Endicott, Gold
Jason Tober, Gold

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (College)
Jason Wargo, Gold
Anthony Miller, Silver
Dewayne Harrington, Bronze

Job Skill Demonstration (High School)
T'Shyra Johnson, Silver

Collision Repair Technology (College/Postsecondary)
Steve Liles, Gold
Omar Peralta, Silver

Carpentry (College/Postsecondary)
Sean Surden, Gold
Guillermo Pedraza, Silver
The Pinellas Technical College medalists will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA State competition in Lakeland, Florida on April 23rd-26th.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: