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CCATC SkillUSA students earn first

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The Carroll County Area Technology Center Skills USA chapter won first place in the leadership event called “Community Service” for their project, “A Place to Sleep,” in the 2013 SkillsUSA Conference and Skills Championship. The championship was held April 3 at the Galt House in Louisville.

The Kentucky National Guard sponsored and judged the event.

Zach McBurney of Carroll County, Rene Rabago of Carroll County and Nathan Jude of Owen County (pictured from left to right) presented the project. The students received a $5,100 grant from Lowe’s for the project, which paid for materials and tools in the shop to construct the beds, carpentry teacher Tim Mason said. “It’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s helping the community and letting those who can contribute (have) the chance to give back to the community. Local churches, businesses and Lowe’s have contributed and a lot of students at ATC, not just in carpentry, but in the other classes also.”

The Kentucky Department of Corrections will be donating box springs for the beds April 30.

The students are seeking sponsors for their team to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championship, held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.