Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) students won 10 medals at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY, June 25-28, 2019.

The following students received eight gold medals in four categories and two bronze medals in two categories:

Paul Vu – GOLD medal in Related Technical Math

Cody Retiz & Hannah Retiz – GOLD medal in Community Action Project

Sara Patterson, Chris Hale, Danny Foots & Emily Barmore – GOLD medal in
Broadcast News Production

Sydney Green – GOLD medal in Prepared Speech

Juan Flores – BRONZE medal in Principles of Engineering & Technology

Alex Richardson – BRONZE medal in T-shirt Design

“We are exceptionally proud of all of the BPCC students who qualified for the national SkillsUSA competition,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr, BPCC Chancellor. “To qualify, they first had to win gold medals at the State Skills qualifying event last April. This year’s national competition was historic for us as we saw the greatest number of BPCC students bring home medals. I am proud of these students, their instructors, and their advisors for the extra time and effort they’ve all put into this successful outcome.”

Twenty-six students from BPCC competed in the national competition. The SkillsUSA National Championships include more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competing hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Two BPCC students, who were elected to serve as SkillsUSA state officers for the next year, also attended a three-day leadership-training while at the national competition.  Sara Patterson will serve as Louisiana’s president and Ethan Hagan will serve as vice president.

BPCC faculty/staff mentors in the different categories prepare the students for the competition each year and attend the competition for guidance and support. Faculty/staff attending include Communication & Performing Arts faculty members Melanie Lea, Jennifer Robison, and Jonathan Elmore; Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics faculty member June Schneider and Steven Turner; Program for Successful Employment Director Cindy Heying; and BPCC staff members Jim Boyter, and Kim Condon.


BPCC students at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY.

BPCC’s 10 medalists (8 gold & 2 bronze) at the National SkillsUSA competition.

BPCC’s Broadcast News Production team compete during the National SkillsUSA competition. (at desk: Sara Patterson, left’ Danny Foots, right; camera: Chris Hale; and not pictured, Emily Barmore – editor)

BPCC’s Sydney Green (3rd from left) wins gold in Prepared Speech at the National SkillsUSA competition.

BPCC’s Cody Retiz (2nd from left) and Hannah Retiz (3rd from left) win gold in Community Action Project at the National SkillsUSA competition.

BPCC’s Paul Vu at the National SkillsUSA awards ceremony. Vu wins Gold in Related Technical Math.