SkillsUSA Nationals

CEC students heading to Kansas City contest

by Celia Shortt

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Central Educational Center students Breanne Thompson and Lauren Veal will compete in the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri June 22-27, as part of SkillsUSA’s 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Thompson (CEC and Northgate High School) won First Place in Graphics Communications and Veal (CEC and Newnan High) won First Place in Early Childhood Education at this year’s SkillsUSA Georgia competitions. 


Two Coweta students will be competing in this summer’s SkillsUSA national championships.

Both Breanne Thompson and Lauren Veal are students at the Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center in Newnan. Thompson is also a student at Northgate High School, and Veal is a student at Newnan High School.


Thompson won first place in graphics communications at this year’s Georgia SkillsUSA competition. Veal won first place in Early Childhood Education. Both will compete in the 2014 SkillsUSA championships held in Kansas City, MO, from June 22 to June 27. The competition is part of SkillsUSA’s 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.


Thompson and Veal are joining more than 6,000 career and technical education students who will compete in 99 different trade, technical, and leadership skills. All of the students competing in the national competition won at a state competition.


At the state level, they were among 1,876 competitors from 168 chapters across Georgia to compete in this year’s SkillsUSA 2014 Georgia event, held in Atlanta on March 13-15. They were among 10 team members from Central Educational Center who competed in the state SkillsUSA contests, including:


• William Shellnutt (Newnan High School) - Welding

• Busby Mitchell (Newnan High School) - Technical Drafting

• Breanne Thompson (Northgate High School) - Graphic Communications

• Lauren Veal (Newnan High School) - Early Childhood Education

• Camp Coker (Newnan High School) - Aviation

• Elijah Caldwell (Northgate High School) - Aviation

• Brandon Johnson (Newnan High School) - Aviation

• Lucas Head (Northgate High School) - Aviation

• Tony Lawrence (Newnan High School) - Aviation

• Nikolis Hyatt (Newnan High School) - Aviation


SkillsUSA Georgia’s annual State Leadership and Skills Conference provides Georgia’s best and brightest high school career and technical education students the opportunity to take the skills, knowledge and experience that they have gained in their classrooms to a new level, as contests are based on industry standards and business partners design and judge the competition. 

Participating students excel at competition because they have received their education by being involved in high school programs throughout the state that focus on architecture, construction, communication, transportation, culinary arts, personal care services and public safety.



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