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Students and Teachers Make Leadership Fun in the Sun

Leadership Development Academies are designed to make students better students, teachers better teachers and everyone better human beings. What’s not to like?

Seventy-five high school and college students, as well as 40 instructors, “got their leadership on” at SkillsUSA’s latest Leadership Development Academy (LDA). Held in Orlando, Fla., from July 24–28, this LDA trained students and instructors (separately) in the art of—surprise—leadership development, as well as management skills. Topics covered included effective communication, how to run meetings, planning educational workshops and more.

Students put their skills into action by participating in a variety of local community service projects. Participants also visited the Kennedy Space Center and Epcot Center’s popular “Test Track,” a visit sponsored by General Motors Corp. The overall sponsor of the LDA was State Farm Insurance Companies. Look for another LDA next summer.

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It’s Hammer Time

Your SkillsUSA chapter has been invited to participate in The Woodworking Shows, a series of consumer-based trade shows across the United States promoting woodworking and cabinetry. Benefits for getting involved include free admission for instructors and students, opportunities to participate in a contest or special project during the show, the chance to mentor children who are learning about woodworking, and more. The Woodworking Shows are crossing the nation through May, so there’s bound to be one near you. For a schedule and more information, visit

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2002 NLSC Rocks the Nation

We warned you, didn’t we? We told you that the 2002 National Leadership and Skills Conference would be the “biggest and best ever.” Maybe next year you’ll believe us when we make the same claim for the 2003 event—because it’ll be true then, too!

This year’s SkillsUSA Championships featured the most contests ever held (73), along with over 4,100 competitors. TECHSPO, the nation’s largest trade show for technical education, featured the most business and industry sponsors in its history, and Skills University featured more educational seminars than ever, covering a wide variety of topics.

The week got off to a rousing start at Tuesday night’s opening ceremony, as Timberland Co. CEO Jeff Swartz addressed the 10,000-plus students, teachers and business partners in attendance. “In your skilled hands,” Swartz said, “is the strength, the energy and the purpose to build one America.” Later in the week, SkillsUSA students followed Swartz’s call to serve through a local community service project (see next page).

“[SkillsUSA students] can communicate with you, they’re comfortable, they’re professional, they’re poised. It’s just really energizing,” said Mary Bell, vice president of distribution services for Caterpillar Inc. Her sentiments were echoed by thousands of other business and industry representatives, awed by the mass of talent and potential in Kansas City, Mo.

Over 1,500 medal winners claimed gold, silver or bronze at Friday night’s awards ceremony, the climax of a week made possible by an estimated $25 million effort from industry and education.

And next year, June 22–28, we’ll outdo ourselves once again.

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Spending a Day Helping Others Builds a Bond

Leadership isn’t giving a speech, it’s when “you get out there and you pull on your boots and help,” Jeffrey Swartz, CEO of the Timberland Co., announced to everyone at SkillsUSA’s national conference. “Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to build storage sheds, we’re going to landscape. We’re going to build compost bins and cold frames. We’re going to fix the plumbing. We’re going to paint the place. And we’re going to build bleachers for a softball field.”

And all went as he promised, down to the “hot, muggy day … when it’s hot, I mean really hot, where you can cut it it’s so hot.” About 200 SkillsUSA members devoted their day in the sun to Kansas City’s Ozanam House, which aids children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

The organizers were Timberland and City Year, an urban youth service organization. Companies such as DeWALT, J.E. Dunn Construction, Marshalltown Trowel, Snap-on Tools and Costco donated tools, materials and refreshments.

“I think this is a privilege, to have the opportunity to serve, because as the president of Timberland said, you always gain so much when you contribute to others,” said Nancy Noyes. The media technology teacher from Duncanville (Texas) High School had three students there to film the first-time event. One of them, Marie Watts, pointed out, “I love how the whole SkillsUSA, not just from states or districts, are all coming together for a common bond to help out people that aren’t as fortunate as we are.”

That was reason enough to sign up for Angelo Zangare, from Delaware County Technical School in Folcroft, Pa. Hauling construction materials, the culinary arts student reflected, “I should be back at the barbecue, cooking. I don’t know anything about building. But I’m here to help.”

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Honorees and Gold Medalists: Conference 2002

Honorary Life Members
Sharon Schaub, Tulsa (Okla.) Technology Center; Marcus Wallace, Virginia SkillsUSA alumnus

Advisor of the Year
Lou Edna Musquiz, Del Rio (Texas) High School

Professional Development Program, International Degree
Melissa White, St. Louis, Mo.

Paul E. Pentz True Leader Award
Sharon Gordon, Albuquerque (N.M.) Technical Vocational Institute

Outstanding Educator
Dr. Thomas C. Campbell, Central Illinois Higher Education Consortium

Pat Dalton Outstanding Achievement Award
Leo Passage, Pivot Point International Inc.

Torch Carrier Award
Mary Bell, Caterpillar Inc.; Judy Rambert, Pivot Point International Inc.

SkillsUSA Championships GOLD MEDALISTS

Trade, Industrial and Technical Contests
3-D Visualization and Animation: Marshfield (Wis.) Senior HS; Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah

Action Skills: Brandon Henry, Franklin County AVTS, Chambersburg, Pa.; Bruce Burton, Riverside (Calif.) CC

Advertising Design: Jamison Brogdon, Alta HS, Sandy, Utah; Tiffany Jasmer, Hennepin Technical College–North, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Architectural Drafting: Brett Richardson, Dothan (Ala.) Technical Center; Nathan Meade, Macomb CC, Warren, Mich.

Automated Manufacturing Technology:
McCann Technical HS, North Adams, Mass.; Pikes Peak CC, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Automotive Service Technology: Jeremy Phelps, Pocatello (Idaho) HS; Sheldon Whitworth, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Mark Steenland, St. Clair Tech, Port Huron, Mich.; Greg Souther, Georgia Aviation and Technical College, Eastman

Building Maintenance: Scott Brinkman, Millstream North, Findlay, Ohio; Bradley Rhodes, Western Technical Center, Burns Flat, Okla.

Cabinetmaking: William Newman, Churchill County HS, Fallon, Nev.; Adam Peterson, Hennepin Technical College–North, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Carpentry: Dustin Hepworth, Northridge HS, Layton, Utah; Adam Stiffler, Williamson Free School of Mech Trades, Media, Pa.

Collision Repair Technology: Wayne Zoller,
St. Cloud (Minn.) Technical College; Rick Barker, Utah Valley State College, Orem

Commercial Baking: Kristie Paget, Davis Applied Tech Center, Kaysville, Utah; Jane Tang, Minuteman RVTS, Lexington, Mass.

Computer Maintenance Technology: Kevin Jenner, Naperville (Ill.) Central HS; Jared Morris, Valdosta (Ga.) AVTS

Cosmetology: Ashlie Gilbert, Kankakee Area Career Center, Bourbonnais, Ill.; Summer Petersen, Salt Lake CC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Criminal Justice: James Russell, Forrest Career and Technical Center, Leonardtown, Md.; Dennis Valone, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.

Culinary Arts: Mark Andrews, Carroll County Career and Technical Center, Westminster, Md.; Vincent Salvatore, Macomb CC, Warren, Mich.

Diesel Equipment Technology: Nakia Berg, Minnesota Riverland Technical College, Austin; Mark Kuhns, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport

Electronics Applications: John Loyd, Mexico (Mo.) AVTS; Dustin Boyd, Mexico (Mo.) AVTS

Electronics Technology: Josh Deehr, Mexico (Mo.) AVTS; Ryan Phillips, Lansing (Mich.) CC

Food and Beverage Service: Sandra Guerrero, Skyline Center, Dallas, Texas; Steve Shannon, McFatter Vo-Tech Center, Davie, Fla.

Graphic Communications: Emily Bawn, Minuteman RVTS, Lexington, Mass.; Tracey Steinkraus, Nichols Career Center, Jefferson City, Mo.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Nicholas Keziah, Woods Technical Center, Mooresville, N.C.; Jory Leksen, Minneapolis Technical College

Industrial Motor Control: Thomas McCarter, Center of Applied Technology–South, Edgewater, Md.; Curtis Steinert, North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit

Internetworking: Wesley McBride, Round Valley HS, Springerville, Ariz.; Jacob Heap, Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Ariz.

Job Skill Demonstration A: Michelle Price, Conroe (Texas) HS; Laura Espinoza, ELA Occupational Center, Los Angeles

Job Skill Demonstration B: Fatima Maddela, Radford HS, Honolulu; Melanie Stohlton, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Major Appliance Technology: Silvio Garcia, Robert Morgan Vo-Tech Institute, Miami;
Sean Keys, Mid-Florida Technical Institute, Orlando

Marine Service Technology: Tate Jones, Northern Vance HS, Henderson, N.C.;
Avery Kirschman, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton

Masonry: Blake Goodyear, Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna, Ohio; Chris Sutherland, PTEC St. Petersburg (Fla.) Campus

Mechatronics: Matt Lindemann, Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College; Allen Stenzel, Central CC, Columbus, Neb.

Motorcycle Service Technology: Jason Kempenaar, Ramona (Calif.) HS; Joe Burton, Salt Lake CC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nail Care: Jessica Walsh, Upper Cape RVTS, Bourne, Mass.; Marie Jones, Traviss Technical Center, Lakeland, Fla.

Photography: Wade Morgan, Tucson (Ariz.) Magnet HS; Sara Lynn Duquette, Macomb CC, Warren, Mich.

Plumbing: Mark Wilson, Hodgson Vo-Tech, Newark, Del.; Cleve Smith, Salt Lake CC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Power Equipment Technology: Nate Wozniak, Grafton (Wis.) HS; Zach Schramm, Iowa Lakes CC, Emmetsburg

Precision Machining Technology: David Hubble, Anderson County Career and Technical Center, Clinton, Tenn.; Stephen Langegger, Macomb CC, Warren, Mich.

Preschool Teaching Assistant: Holly Carrino, Charles County CTC, Pomfret, Md.; Sue Bechtold, St. Cloud (Minn.) Technical College

Residential Wiring: Zachary Unger, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville, Pa.; Jay Poulos, Guilford Technical CC, Jamestown, N.C.

Robotics and Automation Technology: Minuteman RVTS, Lexington, Mass.; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Sheet Metal: Daniel Levesque, Diman Rvths, Fall River, Mass.; Shane Player, Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah

TeamWorks: Lorain County JVS, Oberlin, Ohio; Salt Lake CC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Technical Computer Applications: Rey Mendoza, La Joya (Texas) HS; Scott Anderson, Rolla (Mo.) AVTS

Technical Drafting: Jim Hall, Dakota HS, Macomb, Mich.; Brad Kerbs, Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah

Television (Video) Production: Duncanville (Texas) High School; Riverside (Calif.) CC 

Welding: J.T. Sayre, Meridian Technical Center, Stillwater, Okla.; Miles Tilley, Washtenaw CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Health Occupations Contests

Basic Health Care Skills: Jackie Wendling, Lake Area Multi District, Watertown, S.D.

Dental Assisting: James Organ, Kokomo (Ind.) Area Career Center; Kendra Weiers, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Health Knowledge Bowl: Magic City Campus, Minot, N.D.; Albuquerque (N.M.) Technical Vocational Institute

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio: Kelly Kohl, Northridge HS, Layton, Utah

Medical Assisting: Tiffany Pina, Greater New Bedford ( Mass.) RvtHS; Cynthia Elrod, Griffin (Ga.) Technical College

Nurse Assisting: Jennifer Hoover, Eberle Technical Center, Buckhannon, W.Va.; Paula Cooper, Columbus (Ga.) Technical College

Practical Nursing: Chanel Burlett, Southern Adirondack Ed Center, Hudson Falls, N.Y.; Denise Coley, Ltc Sullivan Campus, Bogalusa, La.

Leadership Development Contests

American Spirit Award: Kendrick HS, Columbus, Ga.

Chapter Business Procedure: East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Chapter Display: Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Central Georgia Technical College, Macon

Community Service (gold standard): Bay-Arenac Career Center, Bay City, Mich.; Shannon Learning Center, Halton City, Texas; Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Sewell, N.J.; Unitah HS, Vernal, Utah

Extemporaneous Speaking: Samantha Langevin, Alpine (Texas) HS; Renee Mendenhall, Warrensburg (Mo.) AVTS

Job Interview: Peyton Holland, Northwood HS, Pittsboro, N.C.; Amanda Skelton, Quapaw Technical Institute, Hot Springs, Ark.

Occupational Health and Safety: (single section) Bucks County Technical School, Fairless Hills, Pa.; (multiple section) Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Dekalb County Technology Center, Rainsville, Ala.;
Salt Lake CC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Outstanding Chapter: (single section) Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.; (multiple section) Kaw Area Technical School, Topeka, Kan.

Prepared Speech: Doug Busacker, River Ridge HS, Lacey, Wash.; Bryn Stewart, Garden City (Kan.) CC

Promotional Bulletin Board: Saunders Trade and Technical HS, Yonkers, N.Y.; Newaygo County AVC, Fremont, Mich.

Quiz Bowl: Ayala HS, Chino Hills, Calif.; Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech, Oklahoma City

Occupationally Related Contests

Customer Service: Josephine Smith, Tulsa Tech Southeast Campus, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Joshua Klemp, CC of Rhode Island, Warwick

First Aid/CPR: Tara Billings, Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick, Md.; Joshua Forsyth, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Principles of Technology: Rebecca Law, Gilbert (Ariz.) HS; Robert Hall, Southern Utah University, Cedar City

Related Technical Math: Jennie Schiffman, Chapel Hill (N.C.) HS; Jeff Lack, Lamar University Institute of Technology, Beaumont, Texas

Total Quality Management (gold standard): East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa, Ariz.; Mesa (Ariz.) HS

Demonstration Contests

Audiovisual Technology: Red Bank High School, Chattanooga, Tenn.; North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit

Tech Prep Showcase (gold standard): Shawsheen HS, Billerica, Mass.; Greater Lowell Technical High, Tyngsboro, Mass.; Central HS, San Angelo, Texas; Pioneer CTC, Shelby, Ohio; Greenville Senior HS, Greenville, Ohio

Limited Participation Demonstration Contests

CNC Milling: Zjani Dame, Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah; Ed Fetingis, Oakton CC, Park Ridge, Ill.

CNC Turning: Hollie Tippetts, Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah; Samuel Davenport, Central Piedmont CC, Charlotte, N.C.

Telecommunications Cabling: Tyler Denney, Tulsa Tech–Riverside, Tulsa, Okla.; Kenneth Coffey, East Central Technical Institute, Fitzgerald, Ga.

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