Three Cave City High School programs Caveman Radio, Caveman TV and EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technologies), entered 56 students in several different competitions at the SkillsUSA state championships recently.
SkillsUSA is a vocational education club for high school and college students that exposes students to workforce skills and helps prepare them with leadership skills enabling them to successfully transition from their place of education into the workforce.
To that end, SkillsUSA hosts a state competition where students enrolled in vocational programs across Arkansas come to Hot Springs and compete against other students enrolled in the same kind of program from other schools. The judges are educators and professionals in the respective contest fields. The students are awarded medals, prizes and scholarships for their efforts. Cave City High School students earned a total of 28 medals in nine contests this year.
In the Leadership Contest category, the following students won Bronze Medals for their efforts: In Promotional Bulletin Board -- Mary Bailey, Suzanne Smith and Jessica Kennedy, Extemporaneous Speech -- Kalah Wooten, Prepared Speech -- Nikki Davis, and Job Interview -- Megan Graddy.
Also in the Leadership Contest category of Job Skill Description, Levi Watts took home a silver medal. Gold Medals were awarded to Kendra Demster, Tyler Tully, Sarah Bagwell, Journey Byler, Kristen Homer, Jeri Anderson and Heather Tate for the Opening and Closing Ceremony Team.
In the Technical competitions, Cave City students Alan Wright and Nicole Spurlock won Bronze Medals in Audio Production. In Broadcast News Bronze Medals were awarded to Brittney Landers, Brittany Smith, Courtney Ewing and Tiffany England. Gold Medals were awarded to Kevin Hoggard and Dakota Tuggle for Audio Production. Gold also went to Novie Demster and Vanessa Baxter for Video Product Development.
Cave City also won gold in Broadcast News with students Corrina Myer, Tiffany Duke, Whitney Bell and Amie Wilmuth.
All the gold medalists are awarded scholarships and are automatically eligible for national competitions in their respective categories during June in Kansas City, Mo. The Arkansas Broadcasters Association sponsors the audio and video contests and students who medal in these contests win cash prizes, as well.
Cave City High School students are now actively engaged in fundraising for their trip to Kansas City. Anyone who would like to make a donation to help fund the trip to the national competition can call 870-283-3309 for more information.