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Built to win: Local carpenters compete in Skills-USA event in Gray

(PHOTO: T. Culbertson / WCYB)

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For now, it's a competition, but for some area high school students, the event that played out in Washington County, Tennessee on Wednesday could lead to a life-changing skill set.

The students took part in the Upper East Tennessee Regional Skills-USA carpentry competition in gray which includes students from Johnson County to Sevier County.

The competitors are g iven three hours to build a specified structure.

"We'll have four students that will qualify here to go to state and then if they win the gold medal at state we'll have one student from the state of Tennessee that will go to Nationals," said Sullivan Central High School carpentry instructor Lloyd Putney.

More than 300,000 students take part in several different skill area contests across Tennessee. The Skills-USA state finals are scheduled to take place in April in Chattanooga.

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