Statesboro High School wins Regional Skills Challenge at Bulloch Ag Complex

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.


Jack Blackmon, 17, of Statesboro High, installs a board while competing in the electric category during the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge at the Bullock County Agricultural Complex on Thursday, Nov. 2.
-Photo by Scott Bryant/Staff

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

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.


Senator Billy Hickman (right – Statesboro, front row standing, far left) congratulates Statesboro High School architecture and construction students, SkillsUSA members, and SHS construction teacher Josh Hall (back row, third from left) after winning first place overall in Southeast Georgia The Skills Challenge is Nov. 2, at the Bulloch County Ag Complex in Statesboro.
– The photo belongs to the Herald newspaper

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.”


Ricky Aguilar, 16, of Statesboro High checks the level while competing in the construction category.
-Photo by Scott Bryant/Staff

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