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Chapter Standards

SkillsUSA salutes the 2006-2007 participants in our Chapter Standards program, which helps teachers track student growth and meet local and state requirements. The program is free to SkillsUSA members, and it’s here; click on the “Chapter Standards” link.

Alabama: Steve Icenogle and Ed Speigner, Enterprise High School

Arkansas: Leslie Jackson, Regina Woodard and Patty McCormack, Saline County Career Center, Bauxite; Verna Seawood, Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute, Forrest City

California: David Bayne, Pioneer High School, Woodland; David Herrera, Etiwanda High School

Colorado: Glenn Ashley, Bollman Technical Education Center, Thornton

Florida: Deborah Kenn, Lyman High School, Longwood

Georgia: Brad Randall, White County High School, Martin

Illinois: Steven Spaulding and Debi Zurek, Kankakee Area Career Center, Bourbonnais

Iowa: Diane Klenk, Herbert Hoover High School, Toledo

Kentucky: Brian Coleman, Carter County Career and Technical Center, Olive Hill; Sherman Cook, Rockcastle County Area Technology Center, Mt. Vernon; Roc Moore, Hughes Jones Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg

Louisiana: Debra Bothel and Kevin Ypya, Caddo Career and Technology Center, Shreveport

Maryland: Elaine Bradley, Calvert
Career Center, Prince Frederick; Bridgette Hopkins, Frederick County Career and Technology Center, Frederick

Missouri: Lacey Fischer, Warrensburg Area Career Center, Warrensburg; Donald White, Franklin Technology Center, Joplin

Nebraska: Jack Jenkins, Norris High School, Firth

New Jersey: Robin Friedman, Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro

New Mexico: Mary Anderson, Deming High School

New York: Midge McCloskey, WE-MO-CO Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Spencerport; Grace Jennings and Olimpia Nicholls, Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park

North Carolina: Minesia Gore, Cape Fear High School, Fayetteville

Ohio: Rick Conkel, Pike County Career Technology Center, Piketon; William Flora, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Canfield; Melody McBride, Stebbins High School, Brookville; Robin Schoonover, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Rio Grande

Oklahoma: Zena Amer, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman; Cynthia Franklin, Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee; Gay Johnston, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee

Oregon: Dennis Davidson, South Medford High School, Medford

Pennsylvania: Steven Aronne, St. Peter’s School, Philadelphia; Connie Muschko and Sharon Schaffer, Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School; Patricia Rhodenizer, Reading-Muhlenberg Area Vocational-Technical School, Reading

South Carolina: James Miller, J. Harley Bonds Career Center, Greer

Tennessee: Patricia Jones, Pearl-Cohn High School, Madison; Paul Kersey, Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg; Tommy Williams, Arlington High School

Texas: Lou Edna Musquiz, C.C. Winn High School, Eagle Pass; Greg Springer, Wills Point High School, Wills Point; Doug Wagner, Big Spring High School, Big Spring

Utah: Jerry Hansen, Tooele High School

Virginia: Becky Belcher, Southampton High School, Franklin; Jason Clark, Heritage High School, Lynchburg

Washington: Will Jones, Bremerton High School end of story

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Motivation to make plans, not just dreams

Caddo Career and Technology Center SkillsUSA students in Shreveport, La., are benefitting from part of a $10,000 Alcoa grant to the school called Motivational Makeover. The purpose of the grant is to hire motivational speakers and offer team-building exercises to encourage students to plan their futures instead of only dreaming about them.

Some of the team-building activities have been led by SkillsUSA officers.

During a session in which students were asked to record their thoughts, feelings, goals and plans, senior Jake Goodman volunteered that he plans to become a plumber.

“I’m probably going to college, and I’ll probably major in math,” he said. “I’ll just get a degree to fall back on in case plumbing doesn’t work out.” end of story

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Restoring historic train depot

With the approval of their city council, students at Montgomery County Area Technical Center in Mount Sterling, Ky., are working on the restoration of a local Chesapeake and Ohio train depot.

FBLA members handle logistics while SkillsUSA members handle refurbishing. The completion of the depot will provide the community with a multipurpose room and museum. The depot will also serve as a trail head for the Rails to Trails network.

Visit: www.montgomeryatctraindepot.com. end of story

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Christmas in April provides the gift of a better home


Howdyshell, left, and Smith work on the porch.

Hands-on training, community service, mentoring and networking all happen at once when students at Frederick (Md.) County Career and Technical Center partner with Rebuilding Together each year.

Their project, “Christmas in April,” brings together students and local businesses to help residents who are unable to maintain the upkeep of their homes, according to Frank Taylor, carpentry instructor (shown in photo below at far right, checking the progress of his carpentry students).

Delphine Zimmerman was tickled to have the crew of students show up at her home. “I think it’s great when kids help out,” she explained. Among other things, her back porch got a makeover, and her bathroom is now workable.

Rebuilding Together is part of the Frederick County Professional Remodelers Organization (PRO), a division for the Frederick County Builders Association.

A visit to the project finds David Mount of Rebuilding Together supervising students. “This is a chance for the students to come into a remodeling situation, where they’re ripping things out, having to fabricate and make it work,” Mount says.

PRO’s Jim Sexton says he likes the chance to promote the carpentry trade. “Here there are kids who are taking up the trade, so it’s good to talk to them and get them involved, and it’s good for business to see how we can help the kids.”

Culinary arts student Joshua Smith is impressed by having a peer show him carpentry techniques.

“There’s a team effort here,” he points out. “And, I know I’m helping someone rebuild her house who is less fortunate than others are in this world. It’s a good thing to do.”

Victor Perez, an automotive technology student, believes in helping the elderly. “It’s not good for the community or for the individuals to just walk by these situations. We need to help them out,” he says.

Serving as a lead peer didn’t stop Jeffery Howdyshell from learning. “I’m picking up some new tricks from the contractors who are here. And, I have a chance to get a job if they see I’m doing good work.” end of story

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Speedy paint job for mini race car

Dennis Crostic’s collision repair and refinish students at Chesterfield (Va.) Technical Center had just one week to paint a mini race car for the local Sam’s Club in Midlothian, Va.

The car was then run in the Wal-Mart Mini Grand Prix to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

For having the racer done on time, the SkillsUSA chapter was awarded a grant of $1,000 from Sam’s Club. end of story

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Fishing for funds

Dennis Crostic’s collision repair and refinish students at Chesterfield (Va.) Technical Center had just one week to paint a mini race car for the local Sam’s Club in Midlothian, Va.

The car was then run in the Wal-Mart Mini Grand Prix to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

For having the racer done on time, the SkillsUSA chapter was awarded a grant of $1,000 from Sam’s Club. end of story

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