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The following students recently placed in the Region 2 competition for Skills USA. The event judged students’ abilities to tackle professional skills such as masonry, computer-based graphic design and automotive service, among other subjects.
Advertising Design: William Anthony, Johnson High School, first place
Auto Service Tech: Even Andrus, East Hall High School, third place
Cabinet Making: Dalton Echols, Johnson, third place
Carpentry: Zach Brown, Chestatee High School, second place
Computer Maintenance Technology: David Snelling, West Hall, third place
Esthetics: Jamili Rivera and Belinda Pham (model), Johnson, first place
Extemporaneous Speaking: Johnathan Martinez, Flowery Branch High School, second place
First Aid/CPR: Mario Aguinaga, Johnson, first place
Graphic Communications: Regino Zavala, Johnson, first place; Brannon Dean, East Hall, second place
Health Knowledge Bowl: Carly Smith, Katie Rowlett, Melissa Ancieta and Danira Lara, Johnson, third place
Job Interview: Mark Pettitt, Johnson, third place
Job Skill Demo (A): Michael Barrett, Johnson, third place
Masonry: David Harkins, Johnson, first place; Tyler Cole, Flowery Branch, second place
Nurse Assisting: Estaban Olivas, Johnson, second place
Plumbing, Shane Martin, East Hall, first place
Power Equipment Technology: Judd Robinson, East Hall, second place; Will Wallen, Johnson, third place
Prepared Speech: Nelson Yanes, Johnson, third place
Preschool Teaching Assistant: Amber Stamey, Johnson, first place (2009 national winner)
Quiz Bowl: Taylor Carrick, Josh Cone, Adrian Ramirez, Marcus Floyd and Cody Kemp, Johnson, first place
Residential Wiring: Miguel Ayala, East Hall, first place
Team Works: Dominic Armeni, Andy Peterson, Cody Darley and Tyler Wade, Flowery Branch, first place; Taylor Echols, Seth Trusty, David Salvadoor and Jose Resindez, East Hall, second place

Amanda Albertson of Gainesville has been named to the dean’s list at Shorter College in Rome for the fall 2009 semester. To qualify for this honor, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Bradley Cory Cole of Gainesville recently graduated from North Greenwills University in Tigerville, S.C.

Rebecca Howard of Buford was recently named to the dean’s list at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., for the spring semester. To qualify for this honor, students must have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 with at least 12 credit hours.

Kelly Michelle Jackson of Gainesville was recently named to the dean’s list at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon for the fall 2009 semester. To qualify for this honor, students must be enrolled in 12 or more hours and earn a GPA of 3.6 or better.

Holly McKinnon of Flowery Branch recently graduated from Mercer University with a master’s degree in education. She is the daughter of Dave and Cheryl McKinnon of Cornelia.
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