Sowela Students Receive Gold

Sowela Students Receive Gold

Pictured L-R:: Skylar McMillian and David Sonnier with SOWELA SkillsUSA Advisor Darrell Buck in the middle.

Sky McMillian and David Sonnier, SOWELA Technical Community College Graphic Art students, won Gold in Television (Video) Production in the recent SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest skill competition in the world.

“Overall, it was a great experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare our work with other students from across the nation. Winning a gold medal means the world to me and shows the importance of having a skill,” said SOWELA student Skylar McMillian.

“It means a lot to win gold because it validates what I’ve been working towards. When I first graduated high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’ve always had a passion for theater and film, so I set out to achieve something in that area,” said SOWELA student David Sonnier.

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career, and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 75 years. For more information, visit

CONTACT Marianne P. White SOWELA Technical Community College              Phone: (337) 421-6903Fax: (337) 491-2610                  visit for more information