NTC students head to Missouri for SkillsUSA competition

By Noel Lyn Smith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, June 27, 2013

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T wenty Navajo Technical College students will compete in the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which is a showcase of career and technical education students.

More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor union will participate in the conference held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.

According to an NTC press release, students attending the event are Louann Begay, Shannon Begay, Matthew Benally, Lorencita Billiman, Michaelene Brown, Walter Cloud, Clinton Desiderio, Sirius Eriacho, Jessica Gibson, Larry Hoskie, Al Hosteen, Leandrea Johnson, Jerrilene Kenneth, Shadrick Large, Katrina Morgan, Travis Morgan, Justine Pete, Adriane Tenequer, Joshua Toddy and Dellynn Wilson.

There are 63 skilled and technical sciences contests, 18 leadership development contests, 11 occupationally related contests, and six demonstration contests.

NTC students will compete in leadership skills areas based on industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

The categories they will compete in are culinary arts, digital cinema, entrepreneurship, commercial banking, early childhood education, medical terminology, nursing assistant, CPR, health knowledge bowl, masonry, sustainability solutions, related technical math, and restaurant services.

Students qualified for the event after competing in the New Mexico state competition in April, where they earned 26 medals and qualified 20 students for the national championships.

They will also participate as voting delegates for New Mexico along with electing the national officers, conducting business for their organization, listening to presentations from government officials, and meeting with business and industry representatives.

The group is leaving June 23 and staying in Shamrock, Texas then continue to Kansas City June 24 to begin competing the next day.

SkillsUSA is a national organization based in high schools and career and technical schools. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens.

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