Midway student is SkillsUSA national winner

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Posted 7/16/21

LEESBURG, Va. — A Midway High School career and technical education student won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2021 SkillsUSA Championships, held virtually this year due to the …

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Midway student is SkillsUSA national winner


LEESBURG, Va. — A Midway High School career and technical education student won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2021 SkillsUSA Championships, held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rising senior Carter Godwin, son of Mark and Janice Godwin of the Plain View community, was awarded the high school gold medal in the Job Skill Demonstration Open.

Carter is the grandson of Vearl “Peanut” Lackey and Joan Godwin, both of Dunn. He has been a part of Midway’s career and technical education and SkillsUSA programs throughout his high school career under advisers Heather Anderson and Vernon Blackman.

For his entry, Carter produced a video tutorial on how to edit a basic video.

He received notification of his win while on a family vacation at the beach and was quite surprised.

“I had to do a double take,” he said.

He thought his video was good, he added, but didn’t think it would win at nationals. “I was excited,” he said. “Kinda surprised, I guess.”

He said he thinks this may be the first time anyone at Midway has won on the national level.

After high school, Carter hopes to study business at either Western Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

“Carter is a very talented student,” said Anderson. “His willingness to take any opportunity and create something amazing from it is such an asset to our school and club.

“Carter is also a state officer for SkillsUSA NC this year,” the adviser added. “He sets goals for himself and works very hard to see they are achieved.”

Largest skill competition

More than 3,700 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical, workplace and personal skills in 107 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

Industry leaders from 650 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers.

Industry support of the in-person SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,000 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year. Due to the pandemic, contests were conducted locally at schools or industry sites nationwide, with proctors supervising events and judges evaluating the students’ work.

More than 1,100 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their trade or scholarships.

“More than 3,700 students from every state in the nation participated in the virtual 2021 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America’s skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics.

SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education.


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