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SkillsUSA Theme

July 31st, 2011

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2011-12 year is:

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Skilled and Motivated

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests is how our slogan, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, relates to our national program of work in the area of Professional Development.

Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:

  • How does participation in SkillsUSA increases student motivation for success?
  • How do SkillsUSA’s Championships provide students an opportunity to showcase their technical and professional skills?
  • How does involvement in SkillsUSA increase America’s competitive edge in the global economy?
  • How does participation in SkillsUSA give students hope for their future?
  • What activities in SkillsUSA assist students in mastering technical skills?
  • How does SkillsUSA train a motivated workforce?
  • How do SkillsUSA’s partnerships with business and industry ensure that students are prepared for tomorrow’s workplace?
  • What opportunities does SkillsUSA provide to celebrate and honor student achievement?
  • How does involvement in SkillsUSA keep students in school?
  • How does involvement in SkillsUSA inspire students to continue life-long learning?
  • How does participation in SkillsUSA assist students in finding their passion?
  • How does participation in SkillsUSA motivate students to pursue their career dreams?
  • What strategies does SkillsUSA use to promote student success?

SkillsUSA Championships Medalist Photos

July 31st, 2011

The medalists’ photos from the 2011 SkillsUSA Championships are categorized and the captions have been completed. We’ll be happy to send a winners’ photo or photos to anyone who requests it. If you’d like to receive a photo, please email Jane Short at

Washington Leadership Training Institute Congressional Appointments

July 31st, 2011

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, the students and advisors attending WLTI will have time to go to Capitol Hill and visit with their Senators and Representatives between 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (The bus leaves at 3 p.m.) Appointments need to be set up ahead of time. A sample letter is available here.

We suggest delegations first fax the appointment request letter and follow it up with a phone call. Letters sent by mail may take a month to reach Congressional offices because of security systems. But, if you do send a letter, please hand-write or type the address – don’t use a label. The label will be blackened because all Congressional mail goes through an irradiation process. And, don’t rely on an email invitation. Congress is receiving a massive amount of emails right now, so there is a good chance it could be overlooked, depending upon the office.

If you have questions or need information about how to contact your members of Congress, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or by email at

2011-12 National Officer Team

July 31st, 2011

The new national officers have been trained and are ready for assignments. If you are interested in having a national officer visit your state, please contact Deb Tripp at 703-737-0637 or Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622. The newly elected officers for 2011-12 are:

High School Division
President: Victoria Holbert, Mass.
Vice President: Karmen Ayres, Wash.
Secretary: C.J. DeHart, Texas
Treasurer: Emad Madha, N.J.
Parliamentarian: Caleb Houston, Ohio

Region I Vice President: Elena Melekos, N.J.
Region II Vice President: Diego Carvallo, Ga.
Region III Vice President: Kathryn Berry, Ohio
Region IV Vice President: Marco Cavazos, Texas
Region V Vice President: Christi Durham, Idaho

College/Postsecondary Division
President: Chance Litwin, Ala.
Vice President: Jeremy Ballentine, Tenn.
Secretary: Veronica Senkowski, Okla.
Treasurer: Stephen Allen, Ga.
Parliamentarian: Wade Persson, S.D.

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