E&T Students Propel UVU to a 3rd Place National Finish

E&T Students Propel UVU to a 3rd Place National Finish

The College of Engineering & Technology students led the way as UVU finished third at the 54th Annual SkillsUSA National Championships held June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky. Showcasing their career and technical skills, five E&T students came away as medalists in their competitions, including one National Champion gold medalist. Those five E&T students who earned medals helped lead UVU to a third place finish in the nation.  For 18 consecutive years, UVU has been ranked among the top five in the nation thanks mainly to E&T students.

Impressively, 20 E&T students who competed in Louisville ultimately finished in the nation’s top-10 in their respective competitions!

“UVU is always trying to promote our E&T programs,” said Darin Taylor, coordinator of UVU’s SkillsUSA. “We are constantly trying to let the community realize these programs are alive and well and ranked as some of the nation’s best. Our success in SkillsUSA is a stellar reminder of just how excellent these programs really are.  These students showed up ready to compete.  They were serious and focused on their individual contests, and as the results have shown, they were judged to be among the elite in the nation.”

Nearly 6,300 students from across the nation competed in over 100 different trade, technical and management fields. The UVU students competed in 21 of the categories. “To bring this into perspective, there were 34 states that did not earn as many post-secondary national medals as UVU did as a single institution,” said Taylor.

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E&T Gold Medal Winner (National Champion):

Automotive Refinishing Technology - Scotty George


E&T Silver Medal Winners (2nd nationally):

Audio/Radio Production - Samuel Adams

Audio/Radio Production - Gage Freeman

Cabinetmaking - Andrew Dearing


E&T Bronze Medal Winner (3rd nationally):

Collision Damage Appraisal & Total Loss Evaluation - Cayden Bailey


Other E&T Students in Top-10 Nationally:

4th place - Commercial Baking - Elena Linfesty

4th place - Engineering Technology Design - Alex Bowden, Tyler Larson, John Sadlier

4th place - Extemporaneous Speaking - Andrew Carling

5th place - Related Technical Math - Julie Hansen

5th place - Mechatronics - John Hawker, Taylor Johnson

6th place - Carpentry - Taylor Stout

6th place - Industrial Motor Control - Colby Christiansen

6th place - Robotics & Automation Technology - Miguel Ortinez, John Hawker

7th place - Collision Repair Technology - Bryan Magallanes

7th place - Motorcycle Service Technology - Kaija Kalm

8th place - Restaurant Service - McKenzie Jorgensen



Also competing from UVU:

2nd place (Silver Medal) - Criminal Justice - Andrew Wright

2nd place (Silver Medal) - Firefighting - Schylar Jones

4th place - First Aid/CPR - Emma Weatherhead

5th place - Crime Scene Investigation - Brooke Edgley, Chelsea Gipson, Alan Walker

7th place - Medical Math - Abinidi Gray

10th place - Job Interview - Haley Schurter