Sixteen Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence students earned awards at a statewide technical skills competition this month and seven of them will head to national SkillsUSA finals.
Winners included: Akilah Jefferson, Darina Courtney and Kayla Canova won first place in crime scene investigation; Dyllon Grimm won first place in welding sculpture; Eric Bilyard, Israel Ramos and Daniel Smith won fourth place in welding sculpture; Aaron Holmes, Amori Pringle and Lewis Morgan won first, second and third place, respectively, in master hair care.
Also, Salome Edwards won first place in promotional bulletin board; Kayla Skarla won second place in restaurant service; Brendan Washington won fourth place in culinary arts; Chad Rasmussen won first place in automotive service technology; Elliott Mayer won fourth place in power equipment technology; and William Ferlo won fourth place in carpentry.
All the students who won first place will advance to the national finals.
The state competition was held April 11-13 in Greenville. Nearly 450 students from 52 S.C. schools competed.