Area students from Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy competed at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. this spring. At the event, industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.
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. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967. The Skill Point Certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.
The following Lyndon Institute students are Skill Point Certificate recipients:
â?¢ Andrew Hershey, from Lyndonville, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Welding Sculpture.
â?¢ Jacob Daniels, from West Burke, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Welding.
â?¢ Miranda Martin, from Sheffield, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Nurse Assisting.
The following St. Johnsbury Academy students are Skill Point Certificate recipients:
â?¢ Andrew Biggie, from St. Johnsbury, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Cabinetmaking.
â?¢ Justice O'Neal, from Lunenburg, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Culinary Arts.
â?¢ Samantha Mason, from Passumpsic, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Commercial Baking.
â?¢ Vincent Jenulevich, from St. Johnsbury, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Restaurant Service.
"Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. "This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industry representatives are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities."