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Awards

SkillsUSA provides many opportunities for recognition of your work as a student or advisor.

ACTE Trade and Industrial Division Awards

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards to be presented during the annual CareerTech Vision conference to be held Dec. 1-4, 2021. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 8. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please be sure to notify the nominee.)

For ACTE CareerTech Vision 2021 conference information, go to: www.acteonline.org/event/careertech-vision-2021/.

To nominate someone for the Teacher and Lifetime Achievement Awards, go to:  www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/acte-awards/.

Advisor of the Year

The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year Award honors SkillsUSA’s most dedicated career and technical education instructors. These talented instructors serve SkillsUSA advisors and embrace the SkillsUSA Framework and national programming to create career-ready graduates and opportunities for every member. States hold an Advisor of the Year competition, and the state winners advance to the regional competition. The top five regional winners are interviewed during the national conference, and a national Advisor of the Year is selected.

For more information, please contact your state association director.

The 2022 regional Advisors of the Year are:

Region 1 (New York)

Kimberly PetronellaKimberly Petronella  is the national 2022 Advisor of the Year

Kimberly Petronella has served as a health occupations instructor at Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES in New Hartford, N.Y., for 25 years. Prior to teaching, she worked as a nurse in various local health care facilities. Petronella has also been an award-winning SkillsUSA advisor for 20 years. In 2021, she was named the SkillsUSA New York Advisor of the Year and was also honored with the SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award. Petronella’s chapter has earned the SkillsUSA Gold Level in the Chapter of Excellence program for four consecutive years, and in 2021, her chapter was honored as a national Model of Excellence. She also helps the state association as a cluster manager and contest chair at both the Area 2 conference and the state conference. Petronella believes that career and technical education (CTE) is a gateway to a bright and prosperous career because she once attended the same CTE high school where she now teaches. “My CTE experience provided me with the opportunity to explore and learn about my career of choice, and I am so proud that I have the ability to pay it forward to future generations of health care providers,” she says. Petronella understands the value of SkillsUSA involvement from both the student and the teacher perspective, and her exemplary career continues to make a positive difference in many lives.

Region 2 (North Carolina)

Kenneth BrownKenneth Brown

In the 1980’s, Kenneth Brown was a student at Richlands (N.C.) High School, roaming the same halls he does today as one of the school’s teachers. “My senior year, I had no idea what career I wanted,” he says, “so my parents suggested I visit the guidance counselor. When I did, she pointed to a shelf and told me to look through the college catalogs to find a profession.” Brown ended up at Pitt Community College in the architectural drafting program and loved it, which eventually led to a job as a drafting teacher. “As a teacher, I never want a student to go into his or her future having no sense of direction,” he says. My philosophy is to expose students to my content area and to present every possible career option.” Brown knows that future employees sit in his classes and SkillsUSA chapter meetings. Therefore, he sees his job as not only to teach the curriculum but to prepare students to enter their careers ready to be reliable workers. He aligns his lesson plans and chapter meetings to include skill sets from the SkillsUSA Framework, saying, “It is my philosophy that teaching content alone to students will not send competent, well-rounded people into the workforce. Instead, the content needs to be taught along with essential skills from the Framework to make sure students become the types of professionals that can excel in the occupation of their choice.”

Region 3 (Ohio)

Warren CaskeyWarren Caskey

A dedicated criminal justice instructor, Warren Caskey served in the U.S. Army for four years before going on to college and receiving his master’s degree in career and technical education. He enjoyed a career in law enforcement for 30 years, serving as a patrol officer, school resource officer, detective, police chief and security driver. In 2013, Caskey was hired as a criminal justice instructor and volunteered to become the school’s SkillsUSA advisor. He’s also a SkillsUSA Ohio state advisor and annually leads a team of Courtesy Corps students at SkillsUSA Ohio’s State Leadership & Skills Conference. Caskey believes that CTE gives students an opportunity to explore their job interests while learning how to be career ready. To help them in that regard, he enforces workforce standards like dress code and behavior expectations in his class, and he puts students in positions with responsibility and accountability. Caskey teaches the Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework in many different activities during the school year. “Having my classroom being student-led is key to students adopting the Framework,” he says. “They need to see their peers practice the ideals and activities in a professional way, providing a positive example in real life practice.”

Region 4 (Nebraska)

Jesse ZweepJesse Zweep

Jesse Zweep has spent the last 15 years of his career at Louisville Public Schools in Nebraska. There, he teaches automotive, welding, small engines and home maintenance, an eighth-grade “Exploring Technology” course and a SkillsUSA leadership class. He has been a SkillsUSA advisor since starting the school’s chapter in 2007. In the time since, he’s been an advisor for state officer teams, assisting in leadership training and conference planning. He serves on the SkillsUSA Nebraska Board of Directors, and in both 2013 and 2022, he was awarded the SkillsUSA Nebraska Advisor of the Year award. In 2021, his chapter earned the SkillsUSA Chapter of Distinction award. Zweep incorporates the SkillsUSA Framework into his curriculum, saying, “The Essential Elements of the Framework help each student learn, practice and achieve their goals. By developing, practicing and applying elements like job-specific skills, teamwork, professionalism, communication and integrity, students are building their own road map for success.” Zweep advocated for the introduction of a SkillsUSA class in his school, and, for the last three years, students in grades 9-12 have been able to enroll in a class where they learn SkillsUSA’s creed, colors, motto, officer positions and methods of planning and organizing the Program of Work. The students also plan and participate in a community service project, and each completes OSHA training. Zweep sees career and technical education as a journey rather than a destination, adding, “It’s the variety of courses, the project-based learning and the connection to real-world experiences that make CTE so valuable and important. I never see my day of teaching as a chore, but as a blessing.”

Region 5 (Wyoming)

Troy ReichertTroy Reichert

“My philosophy on the value of career and technical education is a very simple one,” Troy Reichert says. “It doesn’t just teach you what you need to know; it teaches you how to grow.” Reichert’s lived that philosophy throughout his life. As a young person growing up on a Nebraska farm, he didn’t know what he wanted to do after high school, but he knew he wanted to work with his hands. He was introduced to SkillsUSA while attending college and eventually won the state carpentry competition in Nebraska. After graduating, he began a teaching career that started in Nebraska but has since placed him at Guernsey-Sunrise High School in Wyoming, where he’s served as a CTE teacher for the last 13 years. Reichert was selected as the Wyoming VFW Teacher of the Year in 2017 and was also a prize-winning teacher for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2019. Under his leadership, Guernsey-Sunrise High School’s SkillsUSA chapter membership has grown from five in 2019 to more than 60 in 2022 and now includes a new middle school chapter. Reichert knows that learning and applying the Essential Elements of the Framework are crucial to the success of students, both in school and when they go into the workforce. “All three parts of the SkillsUSA Framework, along with the 17 Essential Elements, overlap well,” he says, “and when developed properly, they will lead any student to a very successful and long career.”

SkillsUSA Hall of Champions Award

National-Level Recognition of  Lifetime Achievers Investing in Youth Development

Award Criteria
The SkillsUSA Hall of Champions Award is an honor bestowed upon those who have dedicated their lives, at a national level, to helping youth develop the components of the SkillsUSA Framework (personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics) necessary to be successful in a changing world. Their legacy on SkillsUSA will continue far beyond their career.

Hall of Champions Award

A candidate may be nominated by a state SkillsUSA association director or current or past SkillsUSA board member, SkillsUSA HQ staff member, SkillsUSA chapter, stakeholder, alumni, or other leaders in the organization. The nomination form must be accompanied by up to five (5) letters of support from SkillsUSA members, CTE instructors, SkillsUSA advisors, parents, advisory committee members, etc. The letters of support must demonstrate the nominee’s breadth and depth of impact on youth development within the SkillsUSA Framework.

Eligibility
Honorees to be recognized as Hall of Champion Award recipients must have performed service, at a national level, that had great impact on youth development in the components of the SkillsUSA Framework: personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. It is not necessary for nominees to have already received the state-level Hall of Champions Award.

General Information
The deadline for returning the application is April 1.

Apply online!

SkillsUSA Honorary Life

SkillsUSA’s highest recognition is the Honorary Life Membership. It is awarded for outstanding service that advances the purposes and goals of the national organization.   If you would like to nominate someone for Honorary Life Membership, please submit this form by Feb. 15.

Nominate someone online here.

SkillsUSA Outstanding Educator

Each year, SkillsUSA is proud to honor individual educators for their service and dedication to career and technical education and to SkillsUSA.   If you would like to nominate an advisor/educator for Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete this form by Feb. 15.

President's Volunteer Service Award

PVSA Service usually springs from selflessness, but the president of the United States wants to recognize volunteers just the same. That’s why the Presidential Volunteer Service Award was created, a national honor offered in recognition of sustained service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups who have achieved a certain standard — measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization for these awards. Recipients can receive an official lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

To apply for the award, candidates must document their volunteer activities and the number of hours served. This record of service may be a diary, calendar or timesheet with proof of service documented and verified by an agency representative.

Candidates must submit a letter of nomination from one of the following: the direct supervisor/agency representative working with the candidate, a school administrator, school SkillsUSA advisor or state SkillsUSA director. Proof of SkillsUSA membership must also be submitted.

Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the President’s Volunteer Service Award to reach the bronze, silver or gold levels of service.

NOTE: In a cooperative decision between the Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award is temporarily suspended as the program is evaluated.  Updates will be provided in the coming weeks about the Lifetime Achievement Award’s availability but there is no further information to share at this time.

SkillsUSA Requirements and Submission Items for the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

REQUIREMENTS MAY HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION THOROUGHLY AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. See the FAQ section.

INCORRECT OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION WILL BE RETURNED. SEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Deadline: Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1.

Materials must be sent as one complete package and received (not postmarked) no later than April 1. No exceptions will be made.

Emailed or faxed entries will not be accepted. Do not send incomplete submissions.

To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June, candidates must have performed hours within a single consecutive 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2021, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

1. Coversheet for individual

  • your name

  • age
  • home address
  • total hours
  • school name
  • chapter advisor's name
  • school address
  • advisor’s email address

Coversheet for team awards

  • Team name
  • Total number of people on the team
  • total team hours
  • school name
  • chapter advisor's name
  • school address
  • advisor’s email address

TEAM AWARDS: A timesheet of days/hours and proper verification of individual hours for EACH TEAM MEMBER must be included with a team submission. Team is defined as 2-50 people. Maximum number of people on a team is 50. (See below.) Each team member must have at least of 25 hours.

  • If you are submitting hours as part of a team, you cannot apply for an individual award.
  • If you are submitting hours as an individual, you cannot be part of a team award.
  • For team awards, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more, and each team member must submit timesheets and verification as part of the team submission.

2. Candidates must submit a documented record of volunteer activities and hours served. This record of service may be a diary, calendar or timesheet.

  • If your service involved over night stays, such as volunteering at a summer camp, only direct contact hours/hours on task may be counted. (Sleeping and driving hours do not count.)
  • Your time log must reflect each day you volunteered and the hours served on those days. (Range of dates with total hours are not acceptable. For example: February 1-15, 2014, 40 hours or June 2014-March 2015, 200 hours.)
  • Hours served fulfilling your responsibilities as a local, state or national officer do not count for the PVSA (volunteer activities performed while an officer are acceptable).

3. A letter from every agency, organization, school, church, etc., (on their letterhead) where you volunteered must accompany your time sheet and be signed by an agency representative verifying your hours. Verifying letters must be on the organization’s letterhead.

4. Candidates must submit a letter of nomination from one of the following: the direct supervisor/agency representative working with the candidate, a school administrator, school SkillsUSA advisor or SkillsUSA state director.

5. Proof of SkillsUSA membership must be submitted. Proof of membership can be a copy of a membership roster, your membership card, a certificate or verification from your school SkillsUSA advisor or state director.

6. Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. (See below.)

7. To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June 2021, candidates must have performed hours within a single 12-month period.  Hours prior to January 1, 2021 do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by April 1, SkillsUSA will verify all records and confirm that the candidate has completed the number of service hours in good standing as required to earn a President's Volunteer Service Award.

Faxed or Emailed entries are not accepted. Mail entries to:

Megan Flinn
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176

Entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 1.

For questions, call: 703-737-0622 or email: mflinn@skillsusa.org.

More information about the President's Volunteer Service Award Program is available at: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

Service Hours Requirements

(any consecutive 12 months between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021)

2022 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President's Service Award for 2022:

Arizona

Paradise Valley High School
Tej Desai
Atharva Goel

River Valley High School
Avalon Alexander
Brayden Lott
Kevin Guenther
Zachariah Morse

Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education *Chapter Award

California

California Virtual Academies
Lance Mathis

Columbus High School
Richard Carlos

Dinuba High School *Chapter Award

Downey High School
Alexander Ortez
Breanna Gaitan
Britney Ibarra
Caleb Verstegen
Camila Miranda
Celeste Corral
Christopher Storey
Edgar Flores
Elaine Barraza
Erick Felix, Jr.
Fidelia Rosales
Hailey Lutz
Helen Muro
Hunter Verstegen
Isabella De Lira
Karla Ramirez
Martin Poot
Melisa Martinez
Michael Vazquez
Savannah Fischer

Georgia

Gwinnett Technical College *Chapter Award

Massachusetts

Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational School *Chapter Award

Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational School
Hunter Claflin

Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Kayla Anastasio

Cape Cod Regional Technical Vocational School
Alyssa Bach
Etzer Lindor
Molly Cadigan
Ryan Hollis
Shannen Hardy
Sophia Dolan

Greater New Bedford Regional Technical Vocational School
Kara Koska

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Angelis Amaro

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute *Chapter Award

Old Colony Regional Technical Vocational School
Ariana Besse
Mary Quin

Upper Cape Technical High School
Ronan Gleason

Nevada

Pinecrest Academy Cadence
Colton Maxson

New Jersey

Bergen County Academies *Chapter Award

Cumberland County Technical Education Center
Michael Deem Jr.

Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Daisy Dong
Jessy Dong

Sussex County Technical School
Abigail Oras

New York

Thomas A. Edison Career Technical High School *Chapter Award

Ulster Vo Tech *Chapter Award

Ohio

Penta Career Center
Andres (A.J.) Ybarra, Jr.

Sentinel Career and Technology Center (Public Safety) *Chapter Award

Upper Valley Career Center
Quinci Voisard

Pennsylvania

State College Area High School
Aaron Chen
Tiffany Chen

Texas

Melissa High School
Ira Roy

Wisconsin

Lakeview Technology Academy
Shu Lan Schaut