CATA students medal in SkillsUSA competition at Wallace State


CATA medalists, left to right, were: Savannah Sivley, Desirae Corbin, Maria Cortes, Dakota McDaniel, Karli Marler, Zach Stallings, Lillian Kaiser, Zack Warner, Adolpho Resina and Avery Hill. Medalists Raven Aldridge, Grace Allbright and Mackenzie Jones are not pictured.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – High school students from across the region came together for the Northeast Alabama SkillsUSA Conference Friday at Wallace State. The conference featured competitions in numerous technical fields.  Cullman area students enrolled in technical programs at the Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA) brought home their share of gold, silver and bronze medals, including:

  • Raven Aldridge – Welding
  • Grace Allbright – Auto Mechanics
  • Desirae Corbin – Auto Mechanics
  • Maria Cortes – Cosmetology
  • Avery Hill – Welding
  • Mackenzie Jones – Construction
  • Lillian Kaiser – Cosmetology
  • Karli Marler – Construction
  • Dakota McDaniel – Construction
  • Adolpho Resina – Construction
  • Savannah Sivley – Cosmetology
  • Zach Stallings – Construction
  • Zack Warner – Construction

Welding Instructor Jacob Ayers, Building Construction Instructor Mike Burkett and Cosmetology Instructor Tasha Flanigan accompanied the CATA SkillsUSA team to Wallace.  

Burkett added commendations for three of his students who didn’t finish in the medals: “While I am very proud of all of our CATA student winners, I am especially proud of three students who chose very difficult competitions (Applied Technical Math and Job Interview).  They are Seth Walker from Cold Springs High School, Alex Black from Holly Pond High School and KC Lenz from West Point High School. These three students chose to compete in extremely difficult categories for their own personal learning, and although they did not place, they advanced their career skills and personal growth greatly and I deeply respect them for that.”

Flanigan, whose students brought home gold and silver medals Friday right on the heels of first- and second-place finishes in regional competition at Bevill State last week, told The Tribune, “I’m so excited for everyone!  This is great; it’s great! They worked very hard; everybody put everything they had into it. It was a great day for us.”

Said Ayers, “I’m super proud of all of them; they worked hard.  Very deserving, ready for state!”

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