Northwest students compete in SkillsUSA

SkillsUSAwinnersStudents in Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Career Technical programs traveled to Hinds Community College in Raymond Feb.25 and 26 to participate in the SillsUSA Mississippi State Conference.

Winners from Northwest were as follows: Joey Rank, of Bells, Tenn., an agricultural/John Deere technology major, first place, Power Equipment; Justin Huddleston of Ashland, precision machining and manufacturing technology major, second place, Precision Machining; Darrel Arnold of Batesville, precision machining and manufacturing technology major, second place, CNC Milling and Mahallie Walker of Yazoo City, an early childhood education technology, third place, Job Interview.

“Participating in the Job Interview competition has allowed me to prove my skills as a job applicant. I’ve learned techniques to interview well and how to demonstrate professionalism around others. SkillsUSA has exposed me to a world of opportunities. I will continue to grow in my aspiration as an Early Childhood Education Instructor, as a leaders, and as a person,” Walker said.

Other students and their areas of competition from Northwest were Cody Bentley, Diesel Equipment Techology; Josh Burke, Automotive; William Hollowell, Welding; Trent Sinquefield, CNC Turning; Jeremy Stone, Automotive; Khari Steel, Russell Young and Austin Ammons, Welding Fabrication; Loretha Brown, Esthetics and Jasmine Jackson, Cosmetology.

“The entire career, technical and workforce education staff is extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments. These students not only demonstrated their high level of technical skills in their competition areas, but also represented Northwest throughout the conference with a professional manner,” said Robin Douglas, assistant dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.

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

Pictured:  Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (center), congratulates SkillsUSA winners, Joey Rank (right) of Bells, Tenn., Power Equipment, first place and Mahallie Walker of Yazoo City, Job Interview, third place. Not pictured are Justin Huddleston of Ashland, Precision Machining, second place and Darrel Arnold of Batesville, CNC Milling, second place. (Photo by Sarah Sapp)

 Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant

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