Northwest students shine in SkillsUSA competition

Students in Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Career Technical programs traveled to Jackson on April 9 and 10 to participate in the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference.

Northwest students brought home five gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals. “I am so proud of this group of young people. They represented us well in both competition and professionalism,” said Robin Douglas, assistant dean of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education.

First place winners from Northwest were Ryan Wallace of Senatobia, Major Appliance; Seth Daniels, Pulaski, Tennessee, Diesel Equipment Technology and Nicholas Allen of Southaven, Christopher Pittman of Lake Cormorant and Keith Vaiden of Olive Branch, Welding Fabrications.

Second place winners were Griselda Ramirez of Coldwater, Early Childhood; Catlyn Wallace of Olive Branch, Nail Tech; John Owen Brown of Cullman, Alabama, Power Equipment; Ariel Zamora of Kosiusko, Collision Repair and Kiondrous Wortham of Senatobia, Automotive Refinishing.

Third place Brian Wilkes of Courtland, HVAC; Mallory Johns of Southaven, Cosmetology; John B. Hollington of Flomaton, Alabama, Automotive; Drake Appleton of Batesville, Welding and Kayla Amagliani of Hernando, Job Skill Demonstration.

“This year’s SkillsUSA team will have five Northwest students representing Mississippi in Louisville, Kentucky this summer,” Douglas said.

For more information on Northwest’s Career and Technical programs, visit the website at

Pictured:Northwest Mississippi Community College Career and Technical Education students who participated in the 2019 SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Jackson recently were honored at the May 2019 Northwest Board of Trustees meeting. Front row (l-r) Northwest President Dr. Michael Heindl, Kiondrous Wortham of Senatobia; Kayla Amagliani of Hernando; Ariel Zamora of Kosiusko; Catlyn Wallace of Olive Branch, Mallory Johns of Southaven and Dr. David Campbell, vice president, Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education. Back row (l-r) Drake Appleton of Batesville; Nicholas Allen of Southaven; Keith Vaiden of Olive Branch; Christopher Pittman of Lake Cormorant and Brian Wilkes of Courtland. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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