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26 Seconds Campaign Final Project and Grand Prize Entry

April 30th, 2012

State Farm would like to thank all those who have supported the 26 Seconds campaign. The final BMOR project monthly activity for this school year has been launched. In addition to a chance to win a prize for the final activity, high school students have until May 10 to enter to win a grand prize.

By completing five of the eight BMOR Project activities, they are automatically entered to win the GRAND PRIZE – an end-of-the-year PARTY for their community. In addition to getting to invite 100 of their closest friends, they also get to play host, select the music, food, and all the fun activities for the celebration. They also win a TABLET computer.

Encourage students to complete all eight activities. State Farm will send all who do a limited edition T-shirt marking their accomplishment and participation.

Time is short.  Please visit the BMOR Project tab on our Facebook page today at:

Official Competition Clothing

April 30th, 2012

All SkillsUSA Championships competition clothing should be purchased through SkillsUSA’s officially licensed merchandiser, EGroup. If EGroup doesn’t offer some item of official competition clothing required by some contests (e.g., plain black slacks, culinary tunics), such items of competition clothing may be purchased from non-EGroup sources, but must comply with clothing rules set forth in the Technical Standards 2011-2012 or in the contest updates, if cited. Official competition clothing can be purchased at:

2012 NTHS Scholarships

April 30th, 2012

The 2012 NTHS Scholarship recipients have been announced. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from NTHS. There were 138 applicants for this year’s scholarships.

High School Recipients

  1. Jennifer Trevino, Dubiski Career High School, Cosmetology, Grand Prairie, Texas
  2. Izaak Noman, Canadian Valley Technology Center, Computer Aided Drafting, Chickasha, Okla.
  3. Christianne Durham, Meridian Technical Charter High School, Electronics Technology, Meridian, Idaho
  4.  Kimberly Reed, Mid-Coast School of Technology, CNA, Rockland, Maine

Congratulations to each of the recipients!

Blood Drive at NLSC

April 30th, 2012

There will again be a blood drive as part of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The drive will be sponsored by the Kansas City Community Blood Center and will be held on Wednesday, June 27, Bartle Hall, Room 2105 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Kansas City Community Blood Center hopes to receive at least 55 pints of blood from the drive. Blood collected will be used in the Kansas City community and they are very much in need of donations. At last year’s blood drive, 45 donors registered to donate and 32 pints were collected. There were 42 first-time donors.

Donors ages 16-19 will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle Fire. As an extra incentive, if the Kansas City Community Blood Center registers at least 60 donors this year, all donors will be entered into a drawing for six $25 gift cards. The gift cards will be sent to those six individuals after they return home.

Please try to take the time to stop by and participate in this worthy cause and help save a life. You may also register for an appointment ahead of time at: and enter the sponsor code “SkillsUSA.”Anyone who signs up for an appointment in advance can enter the raffle for gift cards twice.

Note: Donors must weigh no less than 115 lbs and must be at least 17 years of age (or a donor can be 16 years of age with written parental permission).

SkillsUSA Champions Magazine: Summer 2012

April 30th, 2012

The Summer 2012 issue of SkillsUSA Champions marks the 10th anniversary of our member magazine. This issue, which is arriving in schools now, is also available online:

In 2002, it was determined that our members would be well served by a new publication. We didn’t want to be like all the other association magazines, full of snippets and news items that would be meaningless in a few months. Instead, our talented editor E. Thomas Hall and his staff focused on building a magazine rich with personal stories – real lives, real successes, real problems faced and overcome, the greatness and the humanness that connects us.

To celebrate 10 years of SkillsUSA Champions, the new issue features cover models from earlier years and where they are today. Every one of them is a former student member of SkillsUSA. Some, like Ed Soto, have traveled the world. Culinary student Megan Barnes Vissari, who appeared on our first cover, later served in Afghanistan and taught school, but she is now at home, raising a family and baking custom cakes. All who were interviewed felt their SkillsUSA experience made a difference in their lives, and we continue to hear that from the onetime cover models who contacted our staff after the issue went to print.

Stories like these are timeless and inspiring. You can go online and read every single issue of SkillsUSA Champions magazine ever published. Go to: There’s a lesson plan to help you share each issue with your students.


Heart Saver SkillsUSA University Session at NLSC Reminder

April 30th, 2012

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association is offering the American Heart Association – Heart Saver course during SkillsUSA University at NLSC 2012. This session is open to all NLSC participants, educators and students and will be offered Sunday, June 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

Every three seconds in the United States someone suffers from a cardiac arrest or other cardiac-related emergency. The American Heart Association now offers a hands-on approach to ensure victims receive immediate care by non-medical personnel. This short SkillsUSA University session will provide the basic knowledge to save a life in the event of such emergencies.

The pre-registration fee is $20 for this certification, $30 registration fee at the door (space permitting). The presenters are: Brice Harader-Pate, RN, BSN and alumna, and Emily Hughes, EMT-B and alumna. Pre-register for this course at:

Contact Niki Clausen at or 703-737-0639 with questions or for further information.

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