Local students honored at SkillsUSA Championships

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LOUISVILLE, KY — Career and technical students from South Johnston High School won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 26-27.

More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a threshold contest score defined by specific industries. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.

Mattie Wheeless of South Johnston High School was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Chapter Business Procedure.

Katie Evans, Mary Scott Rhodes, Annah Kate Lassiter, Calesie Godwin, MacKenzie Swartz, Victoria Tuggle and Carrie Stevens, manning Team AC from South Johnston High, were awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Madison Miller, Savannah Myers, Everette Dodd, Erica Stanley and Dave Weeks from South Johnston High School were awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Chapter Business Procedure.

“More than 6,500 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations.

Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

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