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Twelve Fred Eberle students win gold at 2023 SkillsUSA state competition, move on to national competition

FAIRMONT – Fred Eberle Technical Center students put their skills to the test at the 2023 SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership & Skills Conference at Fairmont State University during a weekend competition.

According to the SkillsUSA WV website, more than 800 students from technical centers across the state gathered at FSU to compete in 65 different trade, leadership and technical industries for gold placing in the state competition. Gold medal winners then move on to the SkillsUSA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia held June 19-23, 2023.

“I know that the competitors that I talked to today are the future of the state of West Virginia,” said Dr. Dianne Phillips, Interim President at Fairmont State University during the closing ceremony. “I’m looking at the future professionals that will drive tomorrow’s manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality, human services industries, automotive industries among very many others. West Virginia is packed with talent and this year’s SkillsUSA event is absolutely proof of that.”

Watch the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2023 SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership & Skills Conference here.

The 12 gold medal winners from Fred W. Eberle Technical Center in Buckhannon will move on to the SkillsUSA National Conference held June 19-23, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Cosmetology- Mary Hull & Crystal Moss/Instructors 


  • SILVER – Channing Carson – Lewis County 

Diesel Equipment Technology 


  • GOLD – Carter Bowie – Harrison County 

Electrical Technology-Robert Lowther/Instructor 

Electrical Construction Wiring – SECONDARY  

  • GOLD – Lucas Queen – Lewis County 

Industrial Motor Control  


  • SILVER – Robert Holman – Upshur County 

Electrical Technology –John Marteney/Instructor 

Electrical Construction Wiring POST SECONDARY

  • GOLD – Richard Karnes – Upshur County 

HVAC – Dakota Workman/Instructor 

Furnace Diagnostics – SECONDARY 

  • BRONZE – Nicholas Ray – Upshur County 

Allied Health- Amie Hawkins/Instructor 

Medical Assisting – SECONDARY 

  • GOLD – Lauren Carpenter – Lewis County 

Allied Health – Promotional Bulletin Board 


  • SILVER – Faith Heater – Lewis County, Chloe Richards – Lewis County, Katlyn Tenney – Upshur County 

Computer Systems Repair Technology – Chad McKisic/Instructor 


  • GOLD – Miles Harman – Lewis County 

Computer Systems Repair Technology  


  • GOLD – Colin Heavner – Upshur County 

Welding Technology Welding Fabrication 


  • GOLD – Andrew Morris – Barbour County, Logan Shriver – Barbour County, Taran Thomason – Barbour County  

Welding Technology – Trey Fulton/Instructor 


  • SILVER – Collin Daniels – Randolph County 

Welding Technology-Welding Fabrication 


  • GOLD – Sydney Conniff – Barbour County, Matthew Matheney – Gilmer County, Anthony Weir – Upshur County  

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