SkillsUSA SkillsUSA Champions Winter 2010 : Page 12

For these high-level achievers, SkillsUSA runs in the family S The Sandow brothers of Blackfoot, Idaho, may be a SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking dynasty. Mason (center) won national gold in 2008 and silver in 2009. The younger Taylor scored sec-ond at his 2009 state com-petition. Pictured with the brothers are their parents Doris, a businesswoman, and Garrett, an attorney. • tep-siblings since kindergarten, Victoria Slagle and Tanner Hicks have always been raised as twins. It’s fitting, then, that their achievements in SkillsUSA have been similarly impressive. Hicks, a 2009 national gold medalist in Power Equipment Technology, bested 2,000 elite applicants for a full scholar-ship to Nashville Auto-Diesel College. Winning it depended on aptitude test scores (only 23 percent even pass) and interview performance. Hicks aced the test and was the only applicant to ever achieve a perfect score in the interview. “All of it came from SkillsUSA,” he says. “That was the key that helped the most: SkillsUSA, my parents and my advisor, James Winkles.” Hicks hopes to work for NASCAR after graduation. Slagle is studying graphic commu-nications at Georgia Southern Univer-sity. In SkillsUSA, she served as the state president in 2007, was named Georgia’s outstanding student in 2008 and earned national bronze in Screen Printing in 2009. She’s consid-ering a run for national office in 2010. “SkillsUSA always gave me the training to handle every situation,” she says. Both students became SkillsUSA members when their mother, graphic design instructor Amy Hicks, started a chapter at Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga. Their father, Greg Hicks, is involved as a local business partner and state judge. “We have supported each other so much,” says Slagle. • PROFESSIONAL PILOT PROGRAM AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY AVIONICS TECHNOLOGY QUALITY CONTROL & NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING YOUR FUTURE IN FLIGHT » » » » » » » Over 247,000 square feet of training facilities Financial Aid to those who qualify 80 Years in Aviation and over 90,000 graduates Hands-on training on industry current equipment Accredited member: ACCSCT Licensed by: OBPVS FAA approved aviation maintenance and flight programs CALL SPARTAN TODAY! 1-800-331-1204 8820 East Pine Street Tulsa, OK 74115 Licensed by: OBPVS Accredited member: ACCSCT Photos: Lloyd Wolf Champion Profiles by Tom Kercheval

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