TCAT team wins 'Silver'

Pictred, L-R, are: Senior CAD Engineering Design Instructor, Darren Aldred, and Engineering Design Technology Students Joey Adams, Waldemar “Max” Wensell, and Ethan Cope.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown students recently attended the National Leadership Conference and competition in Louisville, KY.

This conference is held annually for both secondary and post-secondary students. To participate a student must win a gold medal at the state competitions. Students who advance to the national competition represent the top two percent of their chosen field of study.

This conference and competition is a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week of June 25-29, more than 6,300 students competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

TCAT Morristown sent six competitors in four different areas of competition: Richard Phillips (Advisor Darren Aldred) competed in Architectural Drafting; Hayden Settle (Advisor Steven Robbins) competed in Aviation Maintenance; Josh Thompson (Advisor Tim Solomon) competed in Sheet Metal; and Joey Adams, Max Wensell and Ethan Cope (Advisor Darren Aldred) competed in Engineering Design Technology.

After winning the gold medal at the Tennessee State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, the Engineering Design Technology team carried that momentum to the national conference by winning the silver medal. This is quite an accomplishment considering the competition for this event was from two and four year colleges and universities from across the United States. The team’s advisor, Darren Aldred, stated that, “these students put in thousands of hours and used their own resources to accomplish this feat and I am really proud of them”.

“Being able to compete and win at this level against the type of competition they were up against should send a positive message to future TCAT Morristown students and make them realize the education and training they receive will allow them to compete and succeed in their future employment endeavors. I am very proud of our students” said John Burdine, TCAT Morristown’s lead advisor. “Although our other three competitors did not medal, they did an outstanding job of competing in their area of expertise. As stated earlier, to reach the nationals you are in the top two percent of your chosen field of study. Aviation Maintenance and Sheet Metal finished in the top ten in the country in their respective contest. Architectural Drafting finished in the top 15. I would like to thank all of the people who gave of their time, abilities and other resources to assure the success of our students. This would be all of the advisors, faculty and staff who contributed so much. I would also like to extend a thank you to our president, Mr. Jerry Young, for his continued support of SkillsUSA.”