Ozarka College Students Shine in State SkillsUSA Competition

Students from the Ozarka College Culinary Arts program recently completed the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition in Hot Springs, where they were able to put their culinary knowledge to work and bring home eight out of the nine medals available.

The Culinary Arts students who brought home gold medals are now eligible to compete in the SkillsUSA National Competition at Kansas City in June.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry partners working toward the future success of America’s workforce. There are more than 300,000 members nationwide, and roughly 1,600 of those members competed in Hot Springs this year.

Ozarka College medalists include the following:

Gold medals: Cole Case in Culinary Arts; Amber Seilhymer in Commercial Baking; Adam Askew in Restaurant Service.

Silver medals: Samantha Torres in Culinary Arts; Whitney Medlock in Commercial Baking; Justin Repech in Restaurant Service.

Bronze medals: Austin Horne in Commercial Baking; Mika Alexander in Restaurant Service.

Ozarka College SkillsUSA advisers are Miriam Newsome and Eric Smith, both instructors of Culinary Arts.

For more information about the Ozarka College Culinary Arts program, contact Kathryn Langston at (870) 368-2083 or by email at klangston@ozarka.edu.

Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical/community college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The college offers 28 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education.