SOWELA students win big at world's largest skills competition

SOWELA students win big at world's largest skills competition
SOWELA SkillsUSA competition winners (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Two local students have won silver for television (video) production at the SkillsUSA championship. SkillsUSA, the world's largest skills competition, is an opportunity for career and technical education students to showcase their skills. This year's competition hosted in Louisville, KY, hosted 6,000 students from around the country.

Sky McMillian and David Sonnier, both part of the SOWELA Technical Community College Graphic Art department, were among several students from this area to participate in the invitation-only competition. During the competition, Sky and David had to work against other participants and time proving their superior skill.

"Attending the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the second year in a row was another incredible experience," McMillian said. "Bringing another medal home and being able to represent Louisiana means the world to me."

David Sonnier echoed her sentiment saying, "SkillsUSA has been a life-altering experience. Placing in the top three in the nation for what I love to do two years in a row really gives me the motivation and drive to do anything. I've never been more confident in my field and I can't thank SkillsUSA enough."

Several other SOWELA students attended and placed at the competition. The following students placed in the top five of their respective categories: Bethany Parker, T-shirt Design; Joel Dees, Prepared Speech; Aspen Keep, Advertising Design; LaShondra George, Medical Terminology; Jade Higginbotham and Tyler Fitkin, Website Design; Sierra Neugent, Justin Trahan and John Janise, Crime Scene Investigation; Kylah Marcantel, Architectural Drafting.

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