Teachers at the North Central Career Center in Leslie traveled with nine area high school students and four college/post secondary students to compete at the Arkansas SkillsUSA championships held April 9 at the Summit Arena and Convention Center in Hot Spring.

Students competing were Jason Barnett, Tonya Bratcher, Caleb Brenaman, Stephanie Bresette, Levi Cole, Gunner Evenson, Tiffany Ragland Horton, Kelsey Newton, Karli Pitts, Cody Pruitt, Amber Reed, Jessica Wallett and Josh Weaver. Students competed in the areas of cosmetology, Nail Care, Job Skill Demonstration, Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Parts Specialist, Automotive Refinishing Technology and Nurse Assisting.

All nine student contestants scored 90 percent or higher on the National SkillsUSA written exam which earned each student the National Statesman Award.

Awards also won by the North Central Career Center students and faculty were: Cosmetology Instructor, Kim Hendrix-Arkansas SkillsUSA Adviser of the Year; Stephanie Bresette-Arkansas SkillsUSA Outstanding High School Student of the Year and High School-Silver-Cosmetology; Tiffany Ragland Horton-College/Post Secondary-Silver-Cosmetology "Nails"; Jessica Wallett-Skills USA College/Post Secondary Outstanding Student of the Year.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 304,000 high school and college post secondary students and professional members in career and technical education training programs.