T&C Has 9 New National Champions!

T&C Students Propel UVU to Top 5 in Nation!

Nine students from T&C took home national championships at the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA national competitions held June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Showcasing their career and technical skills, nine T&C students came away as national champions, earning gold medals in their competi­tions. In addition, three other T&C students finished third in the nation, winning bronze medals. 

Those 12 T&C students who earned medals helped lead UVU to a fifth place finish in the nation. During the last 17 years, UVU has always been ranked among the top five in the nation thanks mainly to T&C students.  Impressively, 22 T&C students who competed in Louisville ultimately finished in the nation’s top-10 in their respective competitions!

“We celebrate with those students that brought home this national recognition for them, their departments, the state of Utah and Utah Valley University,” said Darin Taylor, coordinator of UVU’s SkillsUSA program. “Al­though UVU did not repeat as national champion this year, we are thrilled to have nine individual champions.”

Nearly 6,000 students from across the nation competed in over 100 different trade, technical and management fields. The UVU students competed in 19 of the categories.

“Most universities would be excited to be ranked in the top five in the nation,” said Taylor, “but UVU has set the standard so high that we will come back even more determined to regain our national title and to put even more students on the medal platform next year.”

You can see pictures from this year's competition by clicking here.

T&C Gold Medal Winners (National Champions): 

Architectural Drafting - Hunter Huffman 

Audio/Radio Production - Chase McKnight 

Audio/Radio Production - Andrew West 

Chapter Business Procedure - Derek McGovern 

Chapter Business Procedure - Jacob Ricci 

Chapter Business Procedure - Kaleb Sorensen 

Chapter Business Procedure - Landon Vernon 

Chapter Business Procedure - Autymn Weaver 

Chapter Business Procedure - Kimberley Yefimov


T&C Bronze Medal Winners (3rd nationally): 

Engineering Technology - Ruin Andreasen 

Engineering Technology - Sean Buchanan 

Engineering Technology - Adam Ninow


Other National Top-10 finishers: 

4th place - Robotics & Automation Technology - Julia Hisler 

4th place - Robotics & Automation Technology - Bru Reynolds 

5th place - Commercial Baking - Elena Linfesty 

6th place - Cabinetmaking - Andrew Dearing 

6th place - Related Technical Math - Tsz Wai Keung 

7th place - Automotive Refinishing Technology - Scott George 

10th place - Diesel Equipment Technology - McKay Torgerson 

10th place - Mechatronics - John Hawker