UAFS WATC students traveled to the SkillsUSA Championships,
where they won a slew of awards.
Students in the Western Arkansas Technical Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith won a total of 18 medals – two of them gold medals – in the 2017 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.
Awards were given in the secondary and post-secondary division and included gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third places.
WATC Student Award Winners
Alma: Raven Bynum, Van Buren High School, silver in Promotional Bulletin Board.
Fort Smith: Alesha Thach, Southside High School, silver in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four).
Greenwood: Madison Oelke, Greenwood High School, gold in Preschool Teaching Assistant.
Mulberry: Nicholas Marrone, Van Buren High School, bronze in Pipe Welding.
Van Buren: Brandon Cross, silver in Promotional Bulletin Board; Joseph Harwood, bronze in Automotive Service Technology; Brayden Moor, silver in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Terri Morse, silver in Preschool Teaching Assistant; Kai Mortensen, silver in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); and Peyton Weege, silver in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four) all of Van Buren High School.
Waldron: Yasmin Cruz, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Hannah Hale, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Danielle Randolph, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Ruthie Reyman, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); and Elizabeth Soisouvanh all of Waldron High School.
UAFS Student Award Winners
Fort Smith: Elizabeth Chrisman, gold in First Aid/CPR; Debbie Robertson, silver in Medical Terminology.
In addition to the medals, WATC students who won gold medals received a four-year, $1,000 scholarship to attend UAFS.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for both high school and college students. The organization is designed to provide quality educational experiences for students enrolled in technical, skilled and service programs.
The Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS is an area secondary center serving a five-county area. WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credits in automotive technology, computer-aided drafting and design, criminal justice, early childhood education, electronics technology, engineering, graphic design, health sciences, information technology and welding technology.
About the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is the premiere regional institution of Western Arkansas, connecting education with careers and serving as a driver of economic development and quality of place in the greater Fort Smith region. Through a small campus, dedicated professors, and the university’s unique bond with its community, students at UAFS are able to do more in the areas they are passionate about, both on- and off-campus, in a way that prepares them for post-graduate success. To find out how you can do more at UAFS, visit www.uafs.edu.