Students bring home nearly four-dozen awards
Nearly four dozen Career & Tech students won
awards at the March 14 SkillsUSA Regional Competition at
Schenectady County Community College, where they competed against
their peers in career, knowledge and employment skill
Team Career & Tech brought home 13 first-place place trophies, eight second-place awards, 10 third-place honors, 13 fourth-place awards and three fifth-place awards. Several of the honorees will advance to the New York State SkillsUSA competition April 25-27 in Syracuse.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students, and competitions are held annually at the regional, state and national levels. At Career & Tech, SkillsUSA members are school leaders and good citizens. They organize campus-wide events such as holiday food and fund drives, community service projects and blood drives. Recognizable by their red blazers, SkillsUSA members also serve as school ambassadors, welcoming guests to such Career & Tech events as the fall open house and BOCES Annual Meeting.
Dallas Mesick of Duanesburg is a Criminal Justice student at Schoharie Career & Tech who is not only that campus’ SkillsUSA chapter president, but also serves as New York State SkillsUSA president. In that position, he leads more than 10,000 career and technical education students like himself in activities that build professional and personal skills. Participating in SkillsUSA, said Mesick, is a “life-changing experience.”
“A lot of kids may have low confidence, and then they win their competition at regionals, and even go on to states, and they are like completely different people,” Mesick said. “Before SkillsUSA, I, myself, was not outgoing — loud maybe — but shy in front of others. Then, I gave a speech at the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference and I loved it, and wanted to run for president. I now love to speak in front of people and inspire them.”
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