W.Va. Students to Compete at National Career and Technical Conference

June 19, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Seventy-four West Virginia career and technical students who captured the state titles in a variety of competitions earlier this year will compete next week at SkillsUSA’s 43rd National Leadership and Skills Conference.  

The West Virginia students will join more than 14,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business and labor representatives at the five-day conference that begins Monday in Kansas City, Mo.  

The SkillsUSA championships will take place June 27-28 with 87 hands-on skill and leadership competitions, including advertising design, architectural drafting, carpentry, computer maintenance, culinary arts and job interview, among others.  

SkillsUSA is a co-curricular student organization that serves high school and postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. It serves more than 280,000 students and instructors annually through 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.  

At the state level, West Virginia students competed for more than $200,000 in scholarships and $30,000 in prizes for capturing first, second and third place.  

New state officers for 2007-2008 are: President: Leah Young, Ben Franklin Career Center; Vice-President, Region I: Kristin Miller, Carver Career Center; Vice-President, Region II: Kris Minney, Fred W. Eberle Technical Center; Secretary: Aaron Harvey, Academy of Careers & Technology; Treasurer: Derek Dove, Hampshire High School; Reporter: Andrew Canan, Hampshire High School; Historian: Ryan Canfield, Randolph County Technical Center; Parliamentarian: Zachary Williams, Randolph County Technical Center.  

For more information, contact Anne Meadows in the Office of Career and Technical Instruction at (304) 558-6314 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.  

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