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A welding sculpture of a Tennessee Walking Horse made from scrap vehicle parts will compete for a gold medal in National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky. June 25-29.  The horse sculpture was made by Michael Peterson of Hampton, who along with Samuel Lyons of Carter County (information technology services), and Austin Dowell and Austin Houser of Johnson County and Charles Sergent of Sullivan County (who developed a cavitation water heater) earned a berth in the national competition after receiving gold medals in SkillsUSA state competition in Chattanooga March 18-21. TCAT instructors were Jimmy Key (welding), Nate Hall (information technology services) and Brian Irick, (millwright skills).

Pictured are students from TCAT Elizabethton who were 2018 SkillsUSA state medalists in Chattanooga March 18-21. They are, from left, front row, are Austin Dowell (millwright skills), Michael Peterson (welding sculpture), Samuel Lyons (computer information technology), all gold medalists;  Daniela Martinez (administrative office technology), bronze medalist; and Cierra Lee; back row, Ron Petruzzi (diesel), silver medalist; Austin Houser and Charles Sergent (millwright skills), gold medalists; Jodey Preston Henderson, Chuck Conley (welding), silver medalist; and James Weynegar (computer information technology), silver medalist. 

John Lee, NC3 coordinator and SkillsUSA coordinator at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, was named 2018 SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year at the state SkillsUSA event.  For additional information, contact TCAT Elizabethton at 423-543-0070 or visit