Tristan Walker, a student at Cedartown High School, was among the winners at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Walker received a Skill Point Certificate – the high school bronze medal in plumbing.

The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.

Industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education.

The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

“Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. “Students, instructors and industry representatives are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.”