By, Stephanie Carter and Lezlee Whiting
Students from Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) recently tested their medical terminology, metal and woodworking skills against peers from across the country and came out victorious.
Earlier this year Josh Costello, Masen Holmes, Jordan Wynn, Noah Morley, Marlie Holmes and Madison Bulloch claimed gold medals in their respective areas of expertise at the SkillsUSA Utah Leadership & Skills Competition held in Salt Lake City.
They recently returned from the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky where Wynn and Costello were ranked among the top three in the nation in welding and cabinetry, respectively.
Wynn competed in welding at nationals and brought home a bronze medal. He is now eligible to compete in the welding World Trials held in Alabama next year. He’ll go up against the top five competitors from both 2017 and 2018 in hopes of representing the United States on the World Team.
He will be the second consecutive UBTech welding student to compete at the World Trials, following classmate Chandler Vincent who competed in 2016 and won.
Wynn said he changed his career path from medicine to welding when he realized how much he enjoyed it.
“Because my family has a small farm, I enrolled in a welding class to learn how to fix gates and other things. Once I started welding, the more I enjoyed it,” he said.
“Originally I wanted to become a doctor, but when I was a junior and started competing, it really sparked my interest towards a career in welding.”
Wynn is a 2017 Union High graduate and will begin classes this fall at Utah State University – Eastern where he will pursue a welding engineering degree.
Costello competed in cabinetmaking and also brought home a bronze medal. Cabinetmaking category sends only gold medalists to the World Trials.
The recent Union High School graduate said his future plans include owning his own cabinetry business.
“I really enjoyed my cabinetry classes and Aaron Reary has been my favorite instructor,” Costello said. “I was a junior when I realized that this is what I wanted to do.”
Bulloch, a sophomore at Uintah High School, competed in Medical Terminology, placing 7th in the nation. She plans on competing again next year as a junior.
“My goal is to place in the top three next year,” said Bulloch. “I’ve enrolled again in the Medical Terminology class and I’m also going to be Mrs. Fletcher’s aid to enhance my skills. I loved medical terminology, it’s a self-paced class and I was able to complete it in a month.”
Bulloch’s knowledge of medical terminology will give her a head start in medical school. She wants to become a surgeon, specializing in spinal orthopedic or cardiothoracic surgery. She will graduate from in 2019 and wants to attend University of Utah.
Wynn, Costello and Bulloch each attribute their success to their instructors. The instructors aren’t only the best in the state, but also the best in the nation, they said.
“This is the power of technical education,” said UBTech President Aaron Weight. “Students discover their passion and start making career goals as early as their freshman year in high school. They complete a program at UBTech with technical skills that will make them successful in the workplace or as they further their education. We are immensely proud their success.”
SkillsUSA students were helped by local businesses and fundraisers so they could attend nationals. A special thanks to Shiloh Williams, Roosevelt Vision Clinic, Pumpers and Strata.