CCSD Students Place in National Career Skills Competition
Students from Creekview High School and Creekland Middle School placed in the National Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Louisville. From left, Graham Bauch, Nathan Sewell, Bailey Hancock, Sydney Neff, Henry Diaz, Cade Smith, Jack Gluckson and Creekview HS engineering teacher Terri Hancock.
Cherokee County School District students placed in national career skills competitions this summer!
Cherokee High School Class of 2023 seniors Carter Goodrow, Braden Iovino and Michael Pugachow placed fourth in the Skills USA national welding contest in Atlanta. This followed their state first-place win, with teammate rising senior James Williams, and last year’s sixth place at nationals. Their coach is Career Pathways welding teacher Darryl Jones.
Students from Creekview High School and Creekland Middle School placed in the National Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Louisville. More than 8,000 student competitors vied for honors in STEM career skill events.
Creekland’s team of Graham Bauch, Henry Diaz and Jack Gluckson, now rising Creekview freshmen, earned seventh place in the Off The Grid challenge and 10th place in Data Science and Analytics in the national event. Coached by teachers Anne Benton, Connie Garrison and Logan Hostetter, the team qualified for nationals with a first-place Off the Grid win, with teammate Brad Rodriguez, at the state competition, where the students also earned six more top 10 placements.
Creekview’s team of Bailey Hancock, Sydney Neff, Nathan Sewell and Cade Smith earned honors including ninth place in Structural Engineering and top 12 semifinalist honors for Debating Technical Issues, Manufacturing Prototype and Systems Control Technology. The team, which is coached by Career Pathways engineering teacher Terri Hancock, also earned chapter membership recognition. The team qualified for nationals with three top-three wins at state, where the students also earned nine more top 10 placements.
“We’re so proud of you for earning national honors in recognition of your dedication to career skills. Congratulations!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Our career programs, and the outstanding teachers who lead them, make a positive difference in the lives of our students. These programs not only teach job specific skills, but also the importance of determination, teamwork and leadership, which are valuable skills for every student’s future success.”
Students from Cherokee High School placed fourth in the Skills USA national welding contest in Atlanta. From left, Class of 2023 seniors Braden Iovino, Carter Goodrow and Michael Pugachow.