Statesboro High School wins Regional Skills Challenge at Bulloch Ag Complex
Statesboro High School architecture and construction students won first place overall in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge held Thursday at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex in Statesboro.
SHS students who are members of the school’s SkillsUSA chapter placed first against 15 area high schools that came to compete in blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, heavy machinery, masonry, plumbing, roofing and welding.
The following Statesboro students also received individual awards and will now advance to the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Competition in February 2024: Carson Wobena, first place in carpentry; Jack Blackmon, second place, electrical wiring; Ricky Aquilar, second place in construction; Cole Phillips placed third in plumbing.
The Architecture and Construction Career Group at Statesboro High School is part of the Bulloch County Schools Technical and Agricultural Education Program, which consists of 13 different career groups and 30 career paths with course offerings that can help develop our workforce of the future.
More than 1,500 Bulloch County high school students are enrolled in at least one career path course. Learn more at www.careerreadybulloch.org.
The skills event is hosted annually by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Ace Electric, Inc.; Choate Construction Company and West Construction Company. Contests like Thursday’s are held at the Ag Complex in eight regions across the state. Overall, more than 2,300 students from nearly 100 schools will compete.
Thursday’s Bullock County event included students from high school building programs in the following counties: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bullock, Camden, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glenn, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh. , Montgomery, Pierce, Scriven, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Wheeler.
“Every year, our students work hard to compete in the AGC Georgia Skills Challenge because it provides an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Josh Hall, SHS construction teacher. “The hands-on, down-to-earth environment creates an atmosphere that our students appreciate and enjoy.”
AGC Georgia is a professional trade association and statewide chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. AGC Georgia member companies perform the majority of public and private commercial construction work in Georgia.
“Skills Challenges provide high school students enrolled in construction programs an opportunity to showcase their trade talents in a ‘game day’ atmosphere,” said Mike Dunham, CEO of AGC of Georgia. “For some competitors, this event serves as a ‘Friday Night Lights’ experience with the opportunity to receive job offers from participating industry representatives. Each year, we are proud to partner with our amazing member contracting companies to showcase rewarding construction career opportunities to student competitors and observers.”