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Holmes shines at 2019 SkillsUSA State Conference

Holmes shines at 2019 SkillsUSA State Conference (top photo) Pictured are the SkillsUSA winners from the Ridgeland Campus. They are (front row, left to right) Kasey Bruckner of Madison, Edalit Viveros of Madison, Mayson Reeves of Flora, (back row, left to right) Tyler Thrash of Lena and Hilton Ladner of Madison. (bottom photo) Pictured are the SkillsUSA winners from the Goodman Campus. They are (front row, left to right) Corey Boone of Canton, Reed Hasty of Benton, Yernita Parham of Sallis, Hallie Westbrook of Pickens, Audrey Elmore of Jackson, Jada Ware of Greenwood, Lyndsey Williams of Kosciusko, (back row, left to right) Welding and Cutting Technology instructor Ben Lewis, Automotive Technology instructor Derrick Rainey, HVAC instructor Jeffrey Cotten, William Montgomery of Bentonia, Michael Hood of Canton, Logan Burchfield of Kosciusko, Jon William Garrett of Goodman, Nathan Cagle of McCool, Mason Harris of Ackerman, Alyssa McLemore of Lexington, Chloe Clark of Ethel, Katelyn Powers of Carthage, Mailey Melton of Yazoo City, Cosmetology instructor Christie Adams, Devin Leal of Bentonia, Engineering Technology instructor Cham Blain and Engineering Technology instructor Will Alexander.

The SkillsUSA chapters from Holmes Community College's Goodman and Ridgeland campuses successfully competed in the 2019 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10. The winners were recognized during a ceremony on April 10 at the Jackson Marriott. Overall, Holmes took home 13 awards: eight from the Goodman Campus and five from Ridgeland.

Goodman SkillsUSA students Corey Boone, Audrey Elmore, Reed Hasty, Devin Leal, Yernita Parham, Jada Ware and Hallie Westbrook performed the official opening ceremony for the meeting; an honor bestowed on them for winning first place in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies category. Lyndsey Williams also took home a first place in Nail Care, with Katelyn Powers as her model.

Other Goodman students brought home medals, as well. Mailey Melton placed second in Cosmetology; Chloe Clark won second in Esthetics; William Montgomery won second in Major Appliance & Refrigeration; Mason Harris, second in Carpentry; Michael Hood, second in Job Skill Demonstration A, and Logan Burchfield, Nathan Cagle and Jon William Garrett took home second for Welding Fabrication.

Ridgeland Campus student Edalit Viveros won first place in Related Technical Math. Additionally, Kasey Bruckner placed second in Job Interview Skills; Mayson Reeves, second in Extemporaneous Speaking; Tyler Thrash, third in Job Skill Demonstration Open and Hilton Ladner, third in Information Technology Services.

The first place winners will be traveling to the 55th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

For more information on how to get involved with SkillsUSA on the Ridgeland Campus, contact Heather Mooney at For information about the Goodman chapter, contact Will Alexander at


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