TRG hosts Top Tech competition

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cheyanne Samples, 315th Training Squadron instructor, watches Airmen make paper flowers for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Samples taught the Airmen the skills needed to make flowers without assistance. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cheyanne Samples, 315th Training Squadron instructor, watches Airmen make paper flowers for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Samples taught the Airmen the skills needed to make flowers without assistance. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Cori Gawthrop, 312th Training Squadron instructor, teaches about sun protection for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During his presentation, he talked about the different ingredients in sunscreen and what they do. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Cori Gawthrop, 312th Training Squadron instructor, teaches about sun protection for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During his presentation, he talked about the different ingredients in sunscreen and what they do. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen fill a jalapeno with a cream cheese mixture at the Top Tech competition in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen fill a jalapeno with a cream cheese mixture at the Top Tech competition in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebekka Thompson, 316th Training Squadron instructor, repots a plant at the Top Tech competition outside the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Thompson taught about the proper care of a Moss Rose for her presentation. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebekka Thompson, 316th Training Squadron instructor, repots a plant at the Top Tech competition outside the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Thompson taught about the proper care of a Moss Rose for her presentation. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Luis Berrios, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion instructor, teaches about driving safety for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During his presentation, he demonstrated how to properly secure a booster seat in a car. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Luis Berrios, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion instructor, teaches about driving safety for the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. During his presentation, he demonstrated how to properly secure a booster seat in a car. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th Training Group Deputy Commander, asks Tech. Sgt. Cheyanne Samples, 315th Training Squadron instructor, about the paper flower she used in the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Watts announced Samples as the best instructor of the 17th TRG for the first quarter. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th Training Group Deputy Commander, asks Tech. Sgt. Cheyanne Samples, 315th Training Squadron instructor, about the paper flower she used in the Top Tech competition at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Watts announced Samples as the best instructor of the 17th TRG for the first quarter. During the competition, instructors had to teach a subject and audience members had to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Group held a Top Tech competition at the Event Center May 5, to determine the best instructor in the group.

Kicking off the event, Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th TRG deputy commander, encouraged the competitors.

“It means a lot that someone is going to get their name up there, because they were the best instructor this quarter,” said Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th TRG Deputy Commander. “This is a really exciting opportunity, and wish you all the best of luck.”

To determine the best instructor, each of the 17th TRG squadrons and the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion individually picked their own member to go head to head against the other participants.

“I was shocked that I was picked,” said Tech. Sgt. Cheyanne Samples, 315th Training Squadron instructor and Top Tech competitor. “I work with a lot of really good instructors, who are just awesome people, to be selected out of that group to come here was an honor.”

At the event, each instructor received 30 minutes to teach something with the theme West Texas Summer. The competitors could use a slideshow, handouts and visual aides to help them teach their students.

Once the presentation was complete, the audience received a test on what they learned.

“I thought I did well, but the competition is strong,” Staff Sgt. Rebekka Thompson, 316th Training Squadron instructor and Top Tech competitor. “I feel privileged to be here with these awesome instructors.”

When all the instructors finished, the judges came together and picked Samples as the Top Tech winner, who did her presentation on Mexican paper art.

“I think it was excellent,” said Tech. Sgt. Roy Campos, 312th Training Squadron instructor and Top Tech coordinator. “We are out here trying to figure out who the best instructor is, but at the same time we are trying to make ourselves better instructors, so we can better train these Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.”