Chyanne Hawkins, a junior nursing major from Greenwood, received a gold medal in the postsecondary nurse assisting competition at the 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Nineteen students represented the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC) at UAFS at the event.

Other winners included:

Barling: WATC student Tiffany Bardin of Southside High School, fifth in the secondary nurse assisting competition.

Fort Smith: WATC students Benjamin Truong of Northside High School, Forrest Teeter of Southside High School and Sarah Peary of Mansfield High School, fourth place in the secondary health knowledge bowl. UAFS students Amanda Page and Lidiana Quezada, fifth in the postsecondary health knowledge bowl; and Tonny Pham and Stewart Martin, finished in the top 10 in the 3D visualization and animation competition.

Hartford: UAFS student Jessica Souvatdy, fifth in the postsecondary health knowledge bowl.

Ozark: WATC student Karissa Coget of County Line High School, finished in the top 10 in motorcycle service technology.

Roland: UAFS student Ramie Bise, fifth in the postsecondary health knowledge bowl.

Van Buren: WATC students Dakota Amos of Van Buren High School, fourth place in secondary health knowledge bowl; and Zackary McClain of Van Buren High School, fifth in the diesel equipment technology competition.

Waldron: WATC student Taylor Isham of Waldron High School, finished in the top 10 in basic health care skills.

Approximately 15,000 people participated in the week-long event in Kansas City. The SkillsUSA Championships are a way for students to showcase their respective technical skill on a national stage. Students qualified to compete at the national level by receiving a gold medal at the state competition in April. The SkillsUSA mission is to help its members become world class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

WATC provides high school juniors and seniors from area school districts in Western Arkansas an opportunity to earn college credit in a number of fields.