ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Career technical students in Limestone County competed this weekend to see who will represent the school at state, with hopes of qualifying for the national finals.
The Skills USA program has competitions in such areas as carpentry, cosmetology, and welding. The Limestone County students are competing to be the best in their trades.
"We have good students. It shows that they come from good homes and that's where it starts and so our students are doing very well, not only here but across the state and across the nation," said Brian Terry of the Limestone County Career Tech Center. "We're represented well in Kansas City by our students."
Kansas City hosts the national competition for the winners of each state. Terry said he is confident some local students will be there.
"We win more awards at the state contest than any one specific school," said Terry. "We're kind of, I guess, other schools are jealous of us, but we don't mind that title and we wear it very well."
But while winning is the current mission, the long term goal is preparing these teens for careers in fields such as auto repair, carpentry, and cosmetology.
"With Skills USA, it has given me many networking opportunities to where I can go to almost any salon and they'll know Ms. Black and they'll know her training and know that I am ready for the workforce," said Morgan Garris, a senior at Elkmont High School.
And while Terry says the program's success is due to the hard work of the students, those kids give credit to the extra effort their instructors give.
"Mr. Terry's done it, Ms. Black's done it, every teacher will go above and beyond to make sure your student, or your child, or you, will be ready to go into the workforce when you graduate," said Garris.
The Skills USA Alabama State Championships will be held April 24 and 25. The national championship is in June, and there's even a world championship. This year's event will be in Germany.