The next time you hear people question the United States ability to compete on a global scale in the technical arena, tell em about TeamUSA 2003. This eight-member squad (photo and names above) ranked ninth out of 37 countries at the 38th WorldSkills Competition in St. Gallen, Switzerland. They are all so proud of our country and want so badly to do well for the U.S.A. and for their friends, family and especially instructors, said team leader Mark Claypool as the competition started. The team did not disappoint, bringing home seven awards. Brown took the silver medal in Auto Service Technology; Tilley nabbed the bronze in Welding; and Calouette and Stenzel each received a diploma of honor for Mechatronics, as did Davenport for CNC Turning, Dort for Refrigeration and Pruskowski for Ladies Hairdressing.
(Click here for more information on TeamUSA's journey in 2003).
Finally, SkillsUSA Champions is online (which, if you're reading this now, you should hopefully realize)! Review past issues, peruse the current one, submit story ideas, take part in interactive polls and more! (About the only thing you cant do on the site is look up the definition of peruse.) To view the site, youll need to enter a special user ID and password. Currently, the user ID is skillsusa and the password is champions. Both the user ID and the password will change with each new edition of the print magazine, but dont worrythey can always be found on Page 4 of each issue. Go to www.skillsusa.org/champions to log on. Some sections may still be under construction, so please pardon our dust as we finish the job.
We suppose it would be fair to say that the 2003 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., was just like any other NLSC. After all, like each that came before it, this years NLSC was bigger, better and more exciting than its predecessor!
The Opening Ceremony featured a historical first, as a SkillsUSA student2002-2003 secondary president Julia Abramovadelivered the main address to nearly 12,000 students, teachers and partners. TECHSPO, the nations largest trade show for technical education, buzzed with excitement, featuring the most participants ever and an appearance by NASCAR greats Tony Stewart (in the Home Depot booth) and Kurt Busch (in Rubbermaids).
Even Skills University was packed with the most seminars ever.And the SkillsUSA Championships? Mere words and pictures cant do justice to the sheer scope of this mammoth event, covering over nine football fields of floor space. And with the most contests (75) and competitors (nearly 4,200) ever, the SkillsUSA Championships secured its position as the Godzilla of career and technical education events.
SkillsUSA members returned to Kansas Citys Ozanam House, which aids children with emotional challenges, to finish the work they began last year. Students painted, performed landscaping and made numerous other improvements for the centers residents.
Finally, at the Awards Ceremony, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded, new national officers were announced, and a roar of personal and professional triumphs rocked the block one last timeuntil next year, that is, when the NLSC returns to Kansas City June 2025.
(Go to www.skillsusa.org/nlsc.html for more detailed information on the 2003 NLSC, as well as a day-by-day picture diary)
Forty-five students and 30 teachers from 10 states turned the Liberty Bell into the Leadership Bell at SkillsUSAs 2003 Leadership Development Academy in Philadelphia.
A community service project teamed SkillsUSA members with local residents to clean up inner-city neighborhoods (see photo above). Students also donated books to a local literacy program and raised $1,200 for Philadelphia Cares, a local volunteer organization. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Jesse Epps (who is also a lauded civil rights activist and was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) spoke on behalf of his organization, the National Union of Families, saying that caring for ones community and neighbors is what makes America great.
[We] thought the LDA was a blast, said Mississippi advisor Bill Norcross. We enjoyed meeting new friends and seeing the city."
(Check out www.skillsusa.org/training.html for info on upcoming Leadership Development Academies.)
SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2003 | Volume 38, No. 1