Davis Technical College Students Take Home Silver and Gold

07/15/2019 | Press Release

Davis Technical College Students Take Home Silver and Gold

KAYSVILLE, Utah– Davis Technical College students took home two gold medals and one silver medal at this year’s national SkillsUSA competition, and won 17 top 10 finishes at the international Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) competition. The SkillsUSA competition was held in Louisville, Kentucky from June 24-28, and the HOSA competition was held in Orlando, Florida from June 19-22.

SkillsUSA provides education programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms. Students from Davis Tech have participated in the SkillsUSA competition for over 20 years, and even those who do not take home a medal gain valuable experience from the event.

“Students get the opportunity to gain work skills in a competitive environment, and then demonstrate their skill set. In some cases, judges are actually able to provide job opportunities,” said Kelley Rhoe-Collins, director of service professions and academic development.

HOSA is a unique program that provides leadership and skill development, motivation and recognition to students pursuing careers in health professions. Competitions held by HOSA allow students to showcase their skills at a competitive event.

“We got to watch the instructor and our student take first place. We were all cheering, and we’re from this small tech school in Kaysville Utah, it was incredible,” said Leslie Mock, vice president of instruction at Davis Tech.

However, these events are about more than winning.

“Taking students to these competitions is a way to let them know we really care about what they’re doing and we really want them to get out there and excel,” said Mock. 

The following is a list of students who received medals at the national SkillsUSA competition.


  • Keith Ashby, Plumbing, second consecutive year winner
  • Porter Kwiatkowski, Welding Sculpture


  • Kara Wheeler, Esthetics, with model Bailey Hawkes

The following students placed in the top 10 at the international HOSA competition.

Clinical Nursing:

  • Barbara Hanson (1st)
  • Paige Gomm (2nd)
  • Kelsey Schendel (top ten)

Medical Assisting:

  • Zamora Reed (1st)
  • Ashten Beal (1st)

Health Career Display:

  • Rainee Bell (top ten)
  • Krissie Devere (top ten)

Health Career Photography:

  • Cami Allen (2nd)

Creative Problem Solving:

  • Lexi Shelton (top ten)
  • Amber Jenkins (top ten)
  • Ashley Smith (top ten)

Dental Science:

  • Desiree Doxey-Young (top ten)

Behavioral Health Knowledge Test:

  • Kaitlyn Mills (2nd)

Pharmacology Knowledge Test:

  • Shelby Patterson (2nd)

Medical Terminology:

  • Baylee Wilson (top ten)
  • Ashley Tanner (top ten)

Prepared Speaking:

  • Michael Conn (1st)


Everyone at Davis Tech congratulates the competitors, and is excited to see what these incredible students do next.