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mikeroweWORKS Foundation Scholarship Winners

June 14th, 2011

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, recently provided a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who placed first in their state association contests this year. Twenty $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to offset costs of travel and conference participation. Winners will also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff. The winners are:

  • Justin Holbrooks, Wood County Technical Center in Parkersburg, W.V.
  • Josie Colonna, Monmouth County Career Center in Freehold, N.J.
  • Brittany Belgarde, Helena High School in Helena, Mont.
  • Forrest Barker, Suwannee-Hamilton Tech. Center in Live Oak, Fla.
  • Carrick Ashworth, Sabin Schellenberg Center in Milwaukie, Ore.
  • Forrest Teague, Lawrence County Center of Technology in Moulton, Ala.
  • Luzbeth Rodriguez, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center in Warwick, R.I.
  • Forrest Smith, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center in Warwick, R.I.
  • Nina Palombo, Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Junction, R.I.
  • Kelli Green, Kamiah High School in Kamiah, Ore.
  • Pamela Roberts, Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Heidi Smith, H. C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Conn.
  • Scott Eckensberger, Seminole Vocational Education Center in Seminole, Fla.
  • Drew Forrest, Spring Lake Park High School in Spring Lake Park, Minn.
  • Terri Haupt, Seminole Vocational Education Center in Seminole, Fla.
  • Bryanna Auverson, Lewiston Senior High School in Lewiston, Idaho
  • Monica Briner, Highland Community College Technical Center in Atchison, Kan.
  • Supansa Banker, Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Julian Ellison, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative in Chaska, Minn.
  • Brian Murphy, Communications High School in Wall, N.J.

Sample Press Release for Competitors

June 14th, 2011

A sample press release has been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s a template to be used by state association directors, instructors, parents and others to help get the word out to the media when they return from conference about the students who competed or participated in some other way (i.e., as a delegate, Courtesy Corps member, etc.) during the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The letter can be sent to five media outlets at a time.

The site can be reached by going to

Please take advantage of and spread the word about this valuable tool.

Live Webcast from NLSC

June 14th, 2011

Once again, SkillsUSA will broadcast the pre-event activities and the entire opening and awards ceremonies online from the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. This live streaming video will give family, friends and sponsors the opportunity to watch the keynote speakers and see students as they receive their awards.

Please pass the word to advisors, students and family of conference attendees. The sessions will be broadcast here:

SkillsUSA’s web streaming from the NLSC is sponsored by Lowe’s.

Alumni NLSC Reminders

June 14th, 2011

The Alumni Coordinating Committee of the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association is requesting 160 total pins from each chartered state association. The pins will be used to create two pin sets for each chartered state association, six sets for the Alumni Association, and 25 will be given to the Courtesy Corps for their auction. Please drop off your pins at Alumni Headquarters by Tuesday, June 21st, at 10 a.m. Any chartered state association that does not turn in state pins will not receive their sets. The pin sets can be signed for and picked up at the state director breakfast on Friday.

Bosch Power Tools will, once again, help raise money for the Alumni Fund by hosting a dunk tank during the 2011 SkillsUSA National Conference.  The dunk tank will operate Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Bosch outdoor exhibit area. All proceeds raised by the dunk tank will benefit the Alumni Fund. Chances cost $1 a ball or 6 balls for $5.

All proceeds will be tracked by state. The state raising the most funds for the alumni will be recognized by SkillsUSA and Bosch at the August state director meeting.

We seek state directors, state officers, state trainers, national officers or others who are well known in the SkillsUSA family who can bring out a crowd to dunk them! “Dunkees” must be willing to spend an hour at the tank. All proceeds from that hour will be tracked by the dunkee’s state. Tank shifts are first-come, first-served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Dunkees should wear an appropriate swimsuit or clothes they do not mind getting wet. Towels will be available.

To schedule your state representative in the dunk tank, call Rebecca Langguth at Bosch at 224-232-2736 or email her at If you have questions for SkillsUSA on this effort, please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or by email to

5K Champions Run Location Change

June 14th, 2011

Sponsored by the Alumni & Friends Association, SkillsUSA will be holding the fourth annual 5K Champions Run in Kansas City during the National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year, the race takes place on Friday, June 24, at 9:00 a.m. at the new location, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, 8880 Clark Avenue in Parkville, Mo.

Transportation to the park will be provided from the Convention Center at 8:00 a.m. (students can shuttle from hotels to the Convention Center on Friday morning and then ride a designated bus to the 5K race or use private transportation). The new day and location provides an alternative activity for students and instructors on Friday and a chance to enjoy a beautiful park in the greater Kansas City area. Registration is $20 per person and includes a unique T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the first 300 finishers. Register now to be a part of this fun event that benefits the alumni organization.

For more information, please visit: Contact Niki Clausen with questions at or 703-737-0639.


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