Ten students from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS won medals at the 2012 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
Receiving gold medals in the Postsecondary Health Knowledge Bowl were WATC student Haley Owens of Greenwood (Greenwood High School) and UAFS students Ramie Bise of Roland, Okla., and Allie Kelley and Elisandra Bueno, both of Fort Smith. National officials allowed Owens to compete in the postsecondary category because she was enrolled in the same college courses as the other postsecondary team members.
Bronze medals in the Secondary Health Knowledge Bowl went to Kyla Hyatt of Rudy (Cedarville High School), Benjamin Truong of Fort Smith (Northside High School), Daniel Romo of Lavaca (Lavaca High School) and Sarah Peary of Mansfield (Mansfield High School).
Sebastion Bossarte of Van Buren received a silver medal in the computer programming competition. Chyanne Hawkins of Greenwood received a bronze medal in the nursing assistant competition.
Joshua Sangster of Van Buren (Van Buren High School) finished in the top 10 in the technical computer applications competition. Megan Stephenson of Ratcliff (County Line High School) finished in the top 15 in the preschool teaching assistant competition. Zackary McClain of Van Buren (Van Buren High School) finished in the top 15 in the diesel equipment technology competition.
Arkansas SkillsUSA members garnered a total of 13 medals, including the 10 won by UAFS and WATC students.
Approximately 6,000 students competed in the various events in Kansas City. The SkillsUSA Championships are a way for students to showcase their respective technical skill on a national stage. Students qualified to compete at the national level by receiving a gold medal at the state competition in April. The SkillsUSA mission is to help its members become world class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors from area school districts in Western Arkansas an opportunity to earn college credit in a number of fields.