Six students at Bethel High School in Hampton, Va., competed to be named “Mr. and Ms. BHS” at a pageant fund-raiser. Held at the school, the event earned $2,500 to send members to their state SkillsUSA Championships.
Pageant contestants had to complete an application, be a junior or senior in good standing with no suspensions and have a 2.5 grade-point average. The application required teacher recommendations and a parent’s signature of permission.
The chapter’s ways and means committee enlisted the help of classmates, volunteers and the school’s advisory committee members. Members created a schedule to develop the program, contestant criteria and information packets.
The students developed an event agenda, wrote their own script and created committees to handle food preparation and decorations. For publicity, they made fliers and posters and sold $5 pageant tickets outside the cafeteria. They also created a souvenir program with ads that sold for $35.
On pageant night, the school’s jazz ensemble and chapter members performed between contestant appearances.
Judges for the event included an area newspaper reporter, a local film student, an advisory committee member and a state SkillsUSA district chair.
Thanks to the work of an advisory committee, U.S. Navy Seabees are mentoring construction technology students at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga.
Stationed at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, skilled engineering specialists come to the school twice a week to work with students studying construction, metalworking, drafting and automotive technology.
The word “Seabee” comes from “C.B.,” for construction battalion. Instructor Carlos Jones says the Seabees provide a great deal of motivation for his students, and the benefits are twofold: he has students who now want to be Seabees.
The Norris High School SkillsUSA Chapter in Firth, Neb., held a food drive during SkillsUSA Week in February. Students went door-to-door asking for nonperishable items and collected more than 500 pounds for the local food bank.
Also, to help meet the criteria to enter the SkillsUSA Championships Outstanding Chapter contest, the members rang bells for the Salvation Army and served at a local soup kitchen.
SkillsUSA Champions | Summer 2003 | Volume 37, No. 1