We had a great rollout of the Tough Tools for Cool Schools campaign with Lowe’s at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. An obvious highlight was having NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson pull the #48 racecar into the Lovejoy automotive lab. In the words of instructor Price Jacobs who is a 20-year construction trades instructor at Lovejoy: “This is the greatest day of my teaching career.” Lowe’s will be presenting Kobalt tools to 515 SkillsUSA building trades programs nationwide. The estimated value of the tools is $317,000. National officer Cameron Thomas of Texas was a great speaker at the event. He spoke of the value of his teachers, CTE and SkillsUSA. Wendy Venturini, an anchor for the Speed Channel was mistress of ceremonies for the event. The nice part? Wendy is from North Carolina and a former gold medalist in Prepared Speech at SkillsUSA. She told everyone that her career had been directly influenced by her participation in SkillsUSA. Here’s a link to an ESPN video and the Lowe’s event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY5Q89GObP4. A big thank you to Gayle Silvey, Georgia state association director for all her work in organizing the event at Lovejoy High School and getting the students and teachers prepared for the spotlight.
We hope you watched the Speed Channel on Saturday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. PST for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Irwindale Speedway. In the Jig-A-Loo USA Inc. orange #83 Chevrolet was Peyton Sellers opening the 2009 NASCAR season. Of course, at SkillsUSA we’re also excited by the fact that his car had a big SkillsUSA decal on both rear panels. Thanks go to YDF member Cindy Sutton, vice president of sales and marketing, Jig-A-Loo USA, Inc. for not only getting us on the car, but also promoting SkillsUSA in her press materials.
And, despite the heavy rain and multiple weather delays at Irwindale Speedway, Peyton Sellers and his #83 Jig-A-Loo Chevrolet proved again why they are one of the most inspiring race teams in NASCAR. Peyton Sellers led the last five laps of the race before a rough collision took him out only yards from the finish line. Impressed by Sellers performance both on and off the track, Jig-A-Loo USA, Inc. announced it will honor the SkillsUSA “Watch with Peyton and Win!” campaign by providing a full travel scholarship to the 2009 SkillsUSA National Conference in Kansas City. The SkillsUSA student and advisor who won the trip to NLSC are: Zak Wood and Vicky Carter, Hart County High School, Hartwell, Georgia. Several other SkillsUSA members also won crew shirts.
Enter today through January 23, and you can win a SkillsUSA Travel Sholarship from Jig-A-Loo by simply registering your information below and correctly guessing the number of laps that Peyton Sellers will lead in the 250 lap Toyota All Star Showdown, to be televised on the SPEED channel, driving the #83 Jig-A-Loo/SkillsUSA Chevrolet.
If Peyton wins the Toyota All Star Showdown and you guess the correct number of laps led, then you win the “Win With Peyton and Jig-A-Loo” contest.
Five entrants will be selected at random to win an autographed crew shirt from Peyton Sellers.
To register, go to the Web site here.