Release date: Feb. 28, 2014
BILOXI – Competitors from EMCC left the Mississippi SkillsUSA technical competition Feb. 26 in Biloxi with seven first-place finishes.
In the Automotive category, Dale Brand of West Point, a National SkillsUSA first place finisher in 2013, punched his ticket back to national competition with a first-place win in the Job Skills Demo Open category. Fellow EMCC Automotive students David Scott of Columbus, Justin Burger of Starkville and Khari Eichelberger of Louisville will join Brand, as will all first-place finishers, at the National Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June.
Electrical student Kendric Hill of Columbus claimed first place in the Construction Wiring category. Cosmetology student Autumn Hardy of Shuqualak took first in Aesthetics. The Cosmetology team of Lauren Black of Ackerman, Maci Davis of Madison, Nicole Elsey of Caledonia, Chelsey Hill of Columbus, Patricia Kilgore of Starkville, Leah Peters of Columbus and Victoria Rhett of Columbus won the Opening and Closing Team competition.
EMCC Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson said the Opening and Closing Team category required the team from each competing institution to formally open and close the ceremony by arranging the stage and leading all gathered competitors and sponsors in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the SkillsUSA pledge, among other ceremonial steps.
To earn the medal in the Aesthetics category, Hardy was judged on multiple applications of make-up on her model, Maci Davis. Some of these included a basic facial, daytime makeup and a fantasy makeup job that fit within National SkillsUSA’s 2014 theme of “Avatar.”
“That was a very hard competition. I was confident when she did her daytime makeup, but I was nervous on the fantasy because all six competitors there did so well,” said Johnson of Hardy’s work.
EMCC students who placed in the competition are:
- Justin Burger of Starkville – 1st, Motorcycle Service Tech
- Dale Brand of West Point – 1st, Job Skills Demo Open
- Casey Collum of Starkville – 2nd, Automotive Service Technology
- Khari Eichelberger of Louisville – 1st Marine Service Technology
- Dustin Jackson of Starkville – 2nd, Power Equipment Technology
- David Scott of Columbus – 1st, Job Skills Demo A
- Preseton Shotts of Starkville – 2nd, Diesel Equipment Technology
- Taylor Fleming of Starkville – 2nd, Computer Maintenance Technology
- William Alford of Eupora and Tyler Sumner of Starkville – 2nd, Web Design
- Autumn Hardy of Shuqualak – 1st, Aesthetics
- Lauren Black of Ackerman, Maci Davis of Madison, Nicole Elsey of Caledonia, Chelsey Hill of Columbus, Patricia Kilgore of Starkville, Leah Peters of Columbus and Victoria Rhett of Columbus – 1st, Opening & Closing Team
- Caitlyn Fromm of Columbus – 2nd, Food and Beverage
- Brenda Lobato Ford of Starkville – 3rd, Culinary Arts
- Kendric Hill of Columbus – 1st, Construction Wiring
- Billy Snider of Caledonia – 2nd, Welding
- Adam Eubanks of Louisville, Joseph Strock of Aberdeen and Elliot Stroud of Eupora – 2nd, Team Fabrication
Cosmetology student Maci Davis shows off the “Avatar” makeup job she got from classmate Autumn Hardy at Mississippi SkillsUSA competition.
Cosmetology student Autumn Hardy, left, and Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson at Mississippi SkillsUSA competition in Biloxi. Hardy, who was one of seven EMCC first-place finishers, won gold in the Aesthetics category in Cosmetology.
Taylor Fleming, left, took second place in Computer Maintenance. William Alford, right, and his partner, Tyler Sumner, took second in Web Design.
Four Automotive Technology students took first-place awards, David Scott, Dale Brand and Justin Burger. They are shown with EMCC instructor Dale Henry.