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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 currently seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards and the deadline is Nov. 13. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories and you may nominate yourself. If you nominate someone else, please inform that person.

Winners will be recognized at the ACTE National Trade and Industrial Division meeting during CareerTech VISION.

Please inform the person you are nominating. Deadline for all nominations is Nov. 13.

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 2021 regional Advisors of the Year are:

Region 1 (New York)

John Stratton

A dedicated automotive instructor at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES in New Hartford, N.Y., John Stratton embraces all aspects of the SkillsUSA program and feels the SkillsUSA Framework can help every student. “By showing the interconnection and relationship of the Framework, students can see how the technical skills, personal skills and workplace skills all combine together to help reach success,” he says. Stratton has been the lead SkillsUSA advisor for 16 years and is the mechanics cluster chair for SkillsUSA New York’s state championships. He also serves as a national judge. Stratton has been recognized for excellence with several industry awards, coaches sports and is involved in the Boy Scouts. One of his SkillsUSA members describes Stratton as having “a friendly disposition and outstanding knowledge of SkillsUSA. He is always willing to guide students, but he encourages us to take the leadership role and develop our own projects.” Watch his video.

Region 2 (Georgia)

Rushe Hudzinski-Sero

Rushe Hudzinski-Sero is an instructor in business management at Savannah Technical College (Ga.), a position she embraced after an award-winning career in human resources, training and recruiting. The SkillsUSA lead advisor on campus, Hudzinski-Sero was named by the college as its 2020 Instructor of the Year. She has been recognized regionally and nationally for the development of training programs in customer service and human resources. The New York native holds an MBA, is active in professional associations and holds several industry certifications. One of her students describes this professor as helping her to develop soft skills such as confidence and communication. “She has mentored me and taught me how best to represent myself, my team, and my college,” the student says. “Her lectures are creative and intriguing. She tirelessly answers questions until we have a satisfactory understanding of all material. She persistently conveys a positive attitude and ensures a safe learning environment for all students.” What more could any student ask for? Watch her video.

Region 3 (Wisconsin)

Fred Ganter

Fred Ganter is a physics instructor at Elkhorn Area High School (Wis.) and enjoys helping students find a passion and a career path. He has been a SkillsUSA chapter advisor since 2015 and built the SkillsUSA program at the school from the ground up. His chapter has received SkillsUSA Models of Excellence awards, including Quality Chapter, Silver Chapter of Excellence and Gold Chapter of Excellence. He was also recognized with the 2019 Rising Star Advisor award for SkillsUSA Wisconsin. Ganter enjoys getting to know his students and helps them grow and develop skills that are necessary for them to be college and career ready. He believes strongly in developing the Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework in students. “As an advisor, I can provide opportunities for competitions, classes and industry networking to help students gain experiences and be ready to succeed on their career pathways,” he says. One of his students describes him as “a great teacher who has a passion for helping his students find their next step into a career where they find meaning and success.” Watch his video.

Region 4 (Missouri)

Gloria Houston

Gloria Houston teaches health science at New Madrid Technical Skills Center (Mo.). She loves teaching in the healthcare field where, as she puts it, “you can make a difference.” Houston has a master’s degree in career and technical education leadership and administration and has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. She has been teaching for 11 years and is a huge advocate for both career and technical education and SkillsUSA. Houston has won numerous awards in her community, including Educator of the Year, Home Health Nurse of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Woman of the Year. “When you help a student find what they are passionate about and then watch them excel,” she explains, “nothing compares to it.” One of her students describes her as “an amazing person who is always there for her community, students, administrators and peers.” Watch her video.

Region 5 (California)

Nikki Gerner

Nikki Gerner teaches courses related to life skills management at Dinuba (Calif.) High School, and she’s been the school’s main SkillsUSA advisor since 2015. Gerner strongly believes in the SkillsUSA Framework and how it empowers students as they develop their skill sets through real-world application. During the pandemic, she integrated the Framework into virtual chapter activities. Last year, SkillsUSA membership at Dinuba increased from 150 to more than 450 active members, allowing the chapter to better serve the community. “The Essential Elements are the key pieces to our world of work puzzle and are needed for today’s students to understand the complexity of obtaining and keeping a job and progressing into a career,” Gerner says. One of her students describes her as “always going above and beyond for every one of us, a source of motivation and someone who wants to see us succeed.” Watch her video.

Honorary Life Nomination Form

SkillsUSA Honorary Life Nomination

Use this form to nominate someone for Honorary Life membership.

Nominate someone online here.

Outstanding Educator Nomination Form

Use this form to nominate someone for the Outstanding Educator Award.

President's Volunteer Service Award

PVSA

Note: Please do not apply for the PVSA through SkillsUSA if you are not an active member of a SkillsUSA chapter at your middle school, high school, or college/postsecondary institution. SkillsUSA can only process the applications of current SkillsUSA members. For information about starting a SkillsUSA Chapter at your school, click here.

About the Presidential 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 (PVSA) was created! The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups who have achieved a certain standard of service — measured by the number of volunteer hours served over a 12-month period (or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime).

Applying for the PVSA through SkillsUSA

Recipients can receive an official lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. SkillsUSA is a certifying organization for the PVSA. To apply for the PVSA through SkillsUSA, an applicant must be an active, current member of a SkillsUSA chapter at their middle school, high school, or college/post-secondary institution. If you are not a current member of a SkillsUSA chapter, please do not submit an application for the PVSA to SkillsUSA. Proof of SkillsUSA Membership must be submitted with your application. For information about forming a SkillsUSA chapter at your middle school, high school, or college/postsecondary institution, click here. This page provides instructions on how SkillsUSA members can apply for the PVSA through SkillsUSA.

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. Emailed or faxed entries will not be accepted. SEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Deadline: Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2022.

Materials must be sent as one complete package and received (not postmarked) no later than April 1, 2022. No exceptions will be made.

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

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: 

  1. Coversheet for Individual Awards
    • your name
    • age
    • home address
    • total hours
    • school name
    • chapter advisor’s name
    • school address
    • advisor’s email address
  1. To apply for the individual award, candidates must document their volunteer activities and the number of hours served. This record of service may be: a diary, a calendar, or a timesheet. The diary, calendar, and timesheet must be signed by a representative of the agency for whom the applicant performed volunteer service.
    • If your service involved overnight 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.)
    • Time logs 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” is not acceptable.)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for individuals by age group.(See below.)
  5. To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June 2022, 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.

TEAM (CHAPTER) AWARDS:
Team is defined as 2-50 people. Maximum number of people on a team is 50.

  • If submitting hours as part of a team, you cannot apply for an individual award.
  • If 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.

  1. Coversheet for Team Awards:
    • team (chapter) name
    • total number of people on the team
    • total team hours
    • school name
    • chapter advisor’s name
    • school address
    • advisor’s email address
  1. To apply for the team award, each team member must document their volunteer activities and number of hours served. This record of service may be: a diary, a calendar, or a timesheet. The diary, calendar, and timesheet must be signed by a representative of the agency for whom the team member performed volunteer service.
    • If your service involved overnight 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.)
    • Time logs 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” is not acceptable.)
  1. A letter from every agency, organization, school, church, etc., (on their letterhead) where each team member volunteered must accompany each time sheet and be signed by an agency representative verifying your hours. Verifying letters must be on the organization’s letterhead.
  2. Candidates for Team Awards 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Families and Groups. (See table below.)
  5. To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June 2022, 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.

For both individual and team awards, hours served fulfilling your responsibilities as a local, state or national officer do not count for the PVSA. However, volunteer activities performed while an officer are acceptable.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2022, 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.

Mail entries to:

SkillsUSA
c/o Megan Flinn
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176

Entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2022.
Faxed or Emailed entries are not accepted.

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, 2021 and March 31, 2022)

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.

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2021 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President's Service Award for 2021:

Individual

Arizona

River Valley High School
Nicholas Palfi (Gold)
Brayden Lott ( Gold)
Ethan Fromm (Gold)
Kevin Guenther (Gold)

California

Downey High School 
Anna Arambula-Pena (Gold)
Evelyn Picazzo (Gold)
Kimberly Ortiz (Silver)
Leticia Velarde (Silver)
Amier Auberry (Bronze)
Alondra Jauregui (Bronze)
Karen Barajas (Bronze)
Ingrid Belmonte (Bronze)
Camila Garcia (Bronze)
Natalie Garcia (Bronze)
Andrew Henriquez (Bronze)
Samantha Lorenzo (Bronze)
Araceli Magdaleno (Bronze)
Melisa Martinez (Bronze)
Charity Olavydez (Bronze)
Maria Palacios (Bronze)
Christian Pepaj (Bronze)
Nisa Rueda (Bronze)
Christina Salazar (Bronze)
Irane Santiago (Bronze)
Bridgette Yaquian (Bronze)
Isabella Delira (Bronze)

John Burroughs High School
Gabrielle Mathis (Bronze)

Massachusetts

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
Aliyana Martin (Gold)

New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Kara Koska (Gold)

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Christopher Amcimbert (Gold)

Blackstone Regional Vocational Technical High School
Madeline Poitras (Silver)
Abby Kelly (Silver)

Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
Lorelei Hetzler (Silver)

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
Lord Custudio (Silver)

Bay Path Regional Technical Vocational High School
Cody Douglas (Silver)

New Jersey

Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Aarsha Sha (Gold)
Evelyn Chuo (Silver)
Charlene Cai (Silver)

Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools
Christopher Masiello (Silver)

New York

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
Sean Townsend (Gold)
Joshua Calvani (Gold)
Emily Barron (Bronze)

Texas

John A. Dubiski Career High School
Troy Dwayne Broussard

Team

New York

Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Gold)

Massachusetts

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Gold)

Oklahoma

Metro Technology Center South Bryant Campus: Law Enforcement Cadets (Silver)

New Jersey

Bergen County Academies (Bronze)