Twenty-two students represented the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and the Western Arkansas Technical Center at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

UAFS student Jarrod Ramsey of Lavaca was awarded a skill point certificate in advertising design. Skill point certificates indicate participants achieved national industry-defined scores in knowledge and hands-on examinations. Additionally, Ramsey placed in the top 10 of the advertising design competition.

UAFS students David Havel of Greenwood and Morgan Godfrey of Cedarville finished in the top 10 in the 3D visualization and animation competition.

Other participants and the events they competed in included:

Alma: WATC students T.J. McGowan and Matthew Musquiz, 3D visualization and animation; and Brandon Gregory and JR House, welding fabrication, all of Alma High School.

Charleston: UAFS student Robert Moore, prepared speech.

County Line: WATC student William Randolph of County Line High School, Health Knowledge Bowl.

Fort Smith: UAFS student Benjamin Truong, Health Knowledge Bowl; WATC students Elizabeth Crowley and Micah Galvan, Health Knowledge Bowl; Elaine Pigeon of Southside High School, early childhood education; Crystal Porter of Northside High School, Health Knowledge Bowl; and Ignacio Quezada of Northside High School, electronics technology.

Greenwood: UAFS student Gavin Comer, first aid/CPR.

Lavaca: UAFS student Daniel Romo, Health Knowledge Bowl.

Mountainburg: WATC student Tyler Drummond, welding fabrication.

Van Buren: UAFS students Dakota Amos, Health Knowledge Bowl; Zackary McClain, diesel equipment technology; WATC student Sarah Barnice, technical computer applications.

Waldron: UAFS student Taylor Isham, medical terminology.

Approximately 16,000 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.