National Leadership and Skills Conference

National Leadership and Skills Conference 2016 in Review

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, took place June 20-25, 2016, as part of the SkillsUSA 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America every year at an estimated cost of more than $36 million.
During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like plumbing, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive service technology and broadcast news production. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions.  Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education.  In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. SkillsUSA Georgia came in 3rd in the nation in medallion count.  Georgia high school competitors brought home 29 medallions and 32 top scorer positions.  A pinnacle achievement for SkillsUSA members as part of the Work Force Ready System is the awarding of Skill Point Certificates.  Earning a Skill Point Certificate is a significant achievement that documents a student’s knowledge and abilities within a certain area.  This criterion is developed and endorsed by industry representatives.  Sixty-four Georgia students earned Skill Point Certificates, signifying that they achieved technical competencies and proficiency on the national level.

This year Georgia once again had six chapters from the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) progress to judging on the national level.  CEP honors chapter achievement relative to the SkillsUSA framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” It also serves as the blueprint for career readiness — our ultimate goal as an organization. Paramount to framework success is the creation and implementation of an effective program of work — SkillsUSA’s planning tool for chapters. By participating in program of work activities, SkillsUSA chapters become conduits for meaningful student growth. The CEP recognizes these efforts by offering every chapter an opportunity to attain measurable competencies in pursuit of framework objectives. Georgia, for the second year in a row, had six of the 24 chapters that were competing for the ultimate SkillsUSA recognition, the Model of Excellence Chapter. The chapters that competed were; Cambridge High School, Cross Keys High School, East Laurens High School, Sandy Creek High School, Stephens County High School and Union Grove High School.  This year Cambridge High School was awarded the Model of Excellence Chapter in Personal Skills.  

National Leadership and Skills Conference Georgia Highlights at a Glance:

  •         3rd in the Nation in medallion count
  •         295 Georgia High School Attendees
  •         163 Georgia Contestants
  •         29 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions presented to Georgia High School Students
  •         32 Top Scorer Positions Earned- top 10
  •         64 Skill Point Certificates Awarded
  •         Cambridge High School, awarded Model of Excellence Chapter (Personal Skills)
  •         Helen Smith of Sandy Creek High School, elected as a SkillsUSA National Officer

 

 

 

 

Gold Medallion Winners

School

Contestant’s Name

Contest

NLSC Placement

Lumpkin County High School

Henry Conteras

Building Maintenance

Gold

Cambridge High School

Ashley Robinson

Community Action Project

Gold

Cambridge High School

Harley Valbuena -Jordan

Community Action Project

Gold

Cambridge High School

Chandler Fields

Digital Cinema Production

Gold

Cambridge High School

Sahana Subramanian

Digital Cinema Production

Gold

Apalachee High School

Kerrigan Ellington

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

Gold

Camden County High School

Knute Jones

Industrial Motor Control

Gold

Gordon Central High School

Sly Lumpkin

Motorcycle Service Technology

Gold

Camden County High School

Brooke Butler

Occupational Health and Safety - Multiple

Gold

Camden County High School

Nancy Marquez

Occupational Health and Safety - Multiple

Gold

 

Silver Medallion Winners

School

Contestant’s Name

Contest

NLSC Placement

North Murray High School

Trey Williams

Criminal Justice

Silver

Harris County High School

Ezekiel Moore

Graphic Communications

Silver

Cambridge High School

Grant Mitchell

Job Skill Demonstration Open

Silver

Union Grove High School

Andre Blair

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Kimberly Erett

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Justin Gittermeier

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Kaitlyn Mote

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Anthony Odom

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Nathan Rhineheimer

Quiz Bowl

Silver

Union Grove High School

Matthew Seitz

Quiz Bowl

Silver

 

Bronze Medallion Winners

School

Contestant’s Name

Contest

NLSC Placement

Cross Keys High School

Antonio Morales

Occupational Health and Safety - Single

Bronze

Cross Keys High School

William Roblero

Occupational Health and Safety - Single

Bronze

Cross Keys High School

Jonathan Ventura

Occupational Health and Safety - Single

Bronze

Cross Keys High School

Rosa Bello-Aguilera

Outstanding Chapter

Bronze

Cross Keys High School

America Flores

Outstanding Chapter

Bronze

Adairsville High School

Carter Arrington

TeamWorks

Bronze

Adairsville High School

Jason Burdette

TeamWorks

Bronze

Adairsville High School

William Kujaneck

TeamWorks

Bronze

Adairsville High School

Adam Thomas

TeamWorks

Bronze

 

 

Top Ten Finalists

School

Contestant’s Name

Contest

NLSC Placement

Cross Keys High School

Da'Jah Harris

CPS-Information Technology

4th

Cross Keys High School

Karla Lopez

CPS-Information Technology

4th

Cross Keys High School

Lisabeth Sabino

CPS-Information Technology

4th

Hart County High School

Avery Feith

Additive Manufacturing

4th

Hart County High School

Parker Hackett

Additive Manufacturing

4th

Jordan Vocational High School

Taylor Johnson

Promotional Bulletin Board

4th

Jordan Vocational High School

Khristy Newson

Promotional Bulletin Board

4th

Jordan Vocational High School

Tennille Wise

Promotional Bulletin Board

4th

College and Career Academy

Jordan Decker

Major Appliance & Refrigeration Tech

5th

Rockdale Career Academy

Dorothy Corbett

Broadcast News Production

5th

Rockdale Career Academy

Lena Curtis

Broadcast News Production

5th

Rockdale Career Academy

Madelyn Principe

Broadcast News Production

5th

Rockdale Career Academy

Jasmine Robbins-Simmons

Broadcast News Production

5th

Rockdale Career Academy

Randall Reeves

Information Technology Services

5th

Sandy Creek High School

Kristofer Davis

Mobile Electronics Installation

5th

Cambridge High School     

Hayriye Polik

Medical Math

6th

Floyd County Schools College & Career

George Pitcock

Sheet Metal

7th

Harris County High School

Bryce Grove

Action Skills

7th

Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career

Myles Mitchell

Firefighting

7th

Harris County High School

Erica Castro

CPS-Arts, Audio Technology & Comm.

8th

Harris County High School

Lauren Smith

CPS-Arts, Audio Technology & Comm.

8th

Harris County High School

Preslie Stowe

CPS-Arts, Audio Technology & Comm.

8th

Cross Keys High School

Karina Castillo

CPS - Ag, Food & Natural Resources

9th

Cross Keys High School

Jeanette Chishbanji

CPS - Ag, Food & Natural Resources

9th

Cross Keys High School

Joann Dominguez-Mariano

CPS - Ag, Food & Natural Resources

9th

East Laurens High

Elaina Snow

CPS-Health Science

9th

East Laurens High

Hannah Strickland

CPS-Health Science

9th

East Laurens High

Terrie Wilkes

CPS-Health Science

9th

Camden County High School

Phillip Herndon

Masonry

10th

Cross Keys High School

Pranto Dey

Mobile Robotic Technology

10th

Cross Keys High School

Xushuai Qu

Mobile Robotic Technology

10th

Walton High School

Sarah Bauman

Screen Printing Technology

10th