GTCC medal winners are from left to right: Sam Gladden, Kathleen Keene, Kathleen Mavarakis, Logan Brown.

GTCC medal winners are from left to right: Sam Gladden, Kathleen Keene, Kathleen Mavarakis, Logan Brown.


July 2, 2015

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – Guilford Technical Community College claimed four national medals last week at the 51st Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Kathleen Mavarakis of Summerfield, N.C. won a gold medal in Medical Assisting and Logan Brown of Stoneville, N.C. also won a gold medal in Dental Assisting. This is the first time GTCC competed in the Medical Assisting contest.

In addition, Kathleen Keene of Thomasville, N.C. won a silver medal in Criminal Justice and Sam Gladden of Greensboro, N.C. won a bronze medal in CNC Turning – a first for GTCC.

Thirteen GTCC students attended the contest June 22-26 in Louisville, Ky. and competed in 12 different contests including Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Baking and Advertising Design. In addition to the medal winners, the following GTCC students finished in the top 10 in the nation:

Program Name Finish City
Advertising Design Caroline Kearns 5th Greensboro
Aviation Maintenance Technology William Rountree 9th Greensboro
Commercial Baking Alexia D’Egidio 8th Greensboro
Culinary Arts Sarah Mayer 10th Jamestown
Electrical Construction Wiring Ronnie Kluch 7th Greensboro
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio Stephanie Williams 5th Archdale

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Through its local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

At this year’s national competition, more than 6,000 career and technical education students – all state winners – from across the United States competed in more than 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at