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30 Lake Tech students win top honors in regional SkillsUSA contest

Thirty Lake Technical College students received high marks and were awarded medals during the regional SkillsUSA competitions.
Lake Tech's SkillsUSA chapter is made up of over 270 students and advisors, many of whom recently competed at the Region 3 level. The students who received medals at the regional competition will move on to the state level competitions APril 23-26 at the SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership and Skills Conference in Lakeland.
Congratulations to the following Lake Technical College students (* indicates a high school student who is dual-enrolled at Lake Technical College):
Culinary Arts
  • Christina Kieth, Baking -- Gold
  • Thomas Nash, Hot Foods -- Gold
 Medial Assisting
  • Stephanie Spoon, CPR/First Aid -- Gold
  • Cassandra Labour, CPR/First Aid -- Silver
  •  Francisco Murillo, Medical Assisting -- Silver
  • Becky Rodriguez, Medical Assisting -- Bronze
  • Stephanie Ruiz-Perez, Job Interviewing -- Bronze
Pharmacy Tech
  • Hailey Hadden, Medical Math -- Gold
  • Eldresah Hughes, Prepared Speech -- Gold
Admin. Office Specialist
  • Lynnette Gibbs, Customer Service -- Silver
  • Jacqueline Villegas, Customer Service -- Bronze
  • John Keith, Extemporaneous Speaking -- Silver
  • Kareem Rahim, HVAC secondary* -- Gold
  • Christopher Herring, HVAC secondary* -- Silver
  • James Cefalo, Diesel secondary* -- Gold
  • Hayden Niblack, Diesel post-secondary -- Silver
  • Michelle Evey, Cosmetology post-secondary -- Silver
  • Kelli Meoak, Cosmetology post-secondary -- Bronze
  • Alyssa Deshenes, Cosmetology secondary* -- Gold
  • Taylor Hatcher, Cosmetology secondary* -- Silver
Nail Care
  • Brianna Rose, Nail Care post-secondary -- Bronze (model, Caitlin Hartog)
  • Rodrianna Stevenson, Facials post-secondary -- Gold (model Ashleigh Rowe)
  • Amy Dunkel, Facials post-secondary -- Bronze (model Kourtney Archer)
  • Whitney Blanchett, Facials secondary* -- Gold (model Makenna Fross)
  • Kailie Barnett, Facials secondary* -- Bronze (model Lushonda Langle)
The students are raising funds to help cover their travel expenses to the state competitions. Donations can be made directly to the Lake Tech Business Office for SkillsUSA. Please call 352-589-2250, ext. 1827.
SkillsUSA is a nationally recognized organization whose mission is to "empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America's skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work." More about SkillsUSA can be found on their website,