Dusty Hart Wins First at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

By Jake Harber

Dusty Hart, a student at Utah Tech, recently attended and competed in the SkillsUSA national competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Hart works at Geezy Tees, where he helps screen-print t-shirts for local clients. He also works at the Human Performance Center on campus at Utah Tech and helps with rock climbing camps.

Hart, right, stands with fellow St. George competitor Dylan Pace, who competed in the high school level.

Getting familiar with SkillsUSA and participating in the graphics program in high school, Hart actually qualified for the nationals competition in 2021 but decided against participating, as it was held online due to COVID-19.

Hart calls SkillsUSA the “blue collar club”, where there’s over 100 competitions, ranging from welding to carpentry to motorcycle repairs to information technology. Hart participated in the screen-printing competition at the post-secondary level. He entered the state competition, held at Salt Lake Community College, where he got first place for his screen-printing work.

Hart also spends lots of his time rock climbing. He forms a part of Utah Tech’s rock climbing team, has won local competitions, and even placed third in his category at a competition at the University of Utah.

Hart then competed at the SkillsUSA national competition in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was awarded first place. Hart won a small printing press, an ink mixing system, a ticket to a MADE Lab class in Texas, and 500 dollars.

Learn more about Hart’s accomplishments at St. George News.