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April 2016

ASUN Students Excel at Arkansas SkillsUSA Competition

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Eight Arkansas State University-Newport students earned recognition, including five gold medals and one first place blue ribbon, at the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition held earlier this month at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Cosmetology students Chelsea Barnett of Jonesboro, Mysti Kirkpatrick of Little Rock and Ashlyn Warren of Brookland all finished in first place, with Barnett winning the gold medal in Cosmetology.  Kirkpatrick took gold in Esthetics, with Warren serving as her model.  Timothy Snodgrass of Bradford earned the gold medal in Electrical Construction Wiring, Michael Conaster of Trumann won the gold in Information Technology Services and Kadie Hollis of Parkin won a blue ribbon in the Mannequin Display (makeup) competition. 

All of ASUN’s gold medalists will now advance to the National SkillsUSA competition this summer in Louisville, Ky.

Other medalists for ASU-Newport at the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition were Allison Light of Jonesboro who won the silver medal in Cosmetology, and David Vickers, who finished third to take home the bronze medal in Electrical Construction Wiring.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel, and is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Allison Light and Chelsea Barnett - Skills USA Winners
Allison Light of Jonesboro (left) earned the silver medal in Cosmetology, while Chelsea Barnett of Jonesboro (right) finished in first place to earn the gold medal.  
Micheal Conaster - Skills USA Winner
Michael Conaster of Trumann earned the gold medal in Information Technology Services.
Mysti Kirkpatrick and Ashlyn Warren
Mysti Kirkpatrick (left) of Little Rock and Ashlyn Warren (right) of Brookland teamed to win the gold medal in the Esthetics competition, with Warren serving as the model.  
Timothy Snodgrass and David Vickers - Skills USA winners
Timothy Snodgrass (left) of Bradford won the gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition, while David Vickers (right) of Paragould finished third to win the bronze.  
Kadie Hollis - Skills USA Winner
Kadie Hollis of Parkin finished in first place in the Mannequin Display competition.