National Ambassadors Will Travel, Meet with Partners and Enhance Professional Skills
Leesburg, Va., June 29, 2017 – Fifteen SkillsUSA students were selected by their peers to serve as national officers during the 53rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky., last week. The students, representing both secondary and postsecondary schools in various fields of career and technical education, will serve for one year as ambassadors for the organization, representing all SkillsUSA student members. Elections were held during the national conference through a formal election process in the SkillsUSA House of Delegates.
High School Leaders
The following five high-school students were elected at-large and their individual offices were determined following their first training in June, after national conference:
- Lizetthe Moreno, President, a law enforcement student at Porter High School in Porter, Texas.
- Scott Hicks, Vice President, an automotive service technology student at Troup County High School in LaGrange, Ga.
- Marangelis Lopez, Secretary, a health technology student at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Conn.
- Rosa Cartagena, Treasurer, a digital design student at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Fla.
- Laila Mirza, Parliamentarian, a pre-engineering student at Worcester Technical High School in Newark, Md.
The following five students were elected to represent the states in their SkillsUSA regions:
- Grace Kirrane, a health occupations student at Montachusett Regional Vocational School in Fitchburg, Mass. (Region 1)
- Hunter Radford, a carpentry student at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Va. (Region 2)
- Jade Barma, an engineering student at Waunakee Community High School in Waunakee, Wis. (Region 3)
- Brenna Stinnett, a cosmetology student at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, Okla. (Region 4)
- Bryce Romero, a robotics/engineering student at Excelsior A.M.E. Academy in Victorville, Calif. (Region 5)
The following five college/postsecondary students were elected at-large and their individual offices were determined following their first training in June, after national conference:
- Josie Wolfe, President, a baking and pastry student at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.
- Brad Ridder, Vice President, a computer repair and networking student at Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
- Maci Key, Secretary, a machine tool technology student at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala.
- Madison Whitney, Treasurer, an audio/radio student at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah.
- Jeremy Copeland, Parliamentarian, a structural welding student at Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Okla.
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.