NWF students excel at SkillsUSA regional competition

March 9, 2017

NICEVILLE- On March 1, several NWF SkillsUSA studentsstudents from Early Childhood Education, Radiography and Dental Assisting programs competed at the SkillsUSA regional competition held at Pensacola State College.

SkillsUSA is an educational partnership that provides students, teachers and other professionals with the tools needed to excel in the workforce. Each year, SkillsUSA puts on several competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels to test the skillset of students who are preparing to begin their careers.

At this year’s regional competition, two teams represented NWF in Career Pathways: Education and Training Services division. Both teams excelled, bringing home both first and second place. The first place team consisted of Heather Bryson, Stefanie Fontaine and Susan Sirois. The second place team consisted of Tawanda Brown, Mary Swisher and Maria Gibson. A team of radiography students competed and placed first in Career Pathways: Health Science division. This team consisted of Megan Campbell, Kelsie Jacobs and Kathleen Tully.

Additionally, several students placed individually. For Dental Assisting, Tara Rex placed first, Iryna Slyusar placed second and Brittany Robertson placed third. For Early Childhood Education, Maria Gibson placed first and Destiny Leggett placed second. NWF Director of Business and Computer Technology, Wanjiku Jackson, was awarded as the 2017 Advisor of the Year for SkillsUSA Florida Region 1.

All NWF students that competed and placed at the regional level are eligible to compete at the state level in Lakeland on April 23-26.

Photo (L-R): Front row: Brittany Robertson (Defuniak Springs), Iryna Slyusar (Baker), Kathleen Tully (Niceville) Second row: Mary Swisher (Ft. Walton Beach), Susan Sirois (Crestview), Maria Gibson (Crestview), Megan Campbell (Corvallis, Oregon), Kelsie Jacobs (Destin) Back row: Tara Rex (Hurlburt), Stefanie Fontaine (Ft. Walton Beach), Heather Bryson (Crestview), Tawanda Brown (Crestview), Destiny Leggett (Eglin AFB)