SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College student Shondai Dunbar-Williams, of Fort Stewart, won the bronze award at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for nurse assisting. The win came after Dunbar-Williams won a gold medal at a state competition. At the national level, she competed with six other students in front of a panel of judges.
SkillsUSA is an annual competition where industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognize students for demonstrated excellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests.
Dunbar-Williams, who is studying practical nursing at Savannah Tech, was unaware that she would place.
“After competing I was not expecting to place, so to place and be acknowledged and awarded made me feel accomplished,” she said. “Being in the SkillsUSA competition was a very humbling experience. There is so much that I learned about myself and what I have to offer the world. After experiencing SkillsUSA, I know now that it is us — the ones who choose community or technical college to pick up a trade and go straight into the workforce — who make the difference.”
Savannah Tech health science instructor Kissiah Moore knew the potential Dunbar-Williams possessed.
“Shondai stood out amongst her peers by demonstrating her knowledge and skills exceptionally,” said Moore, who is Dunbar-Williams’ Skills USA advisor. “Her participation in class and in clinical demonstrate her ability to compete at the state level and national level. Shondai took this competition seriously, and that is why she won.”
Dunbar-Williams was accepted into the licensed practical nursing program at the Liberty campus in January 2013 and will complete the program in December.