WCCC students learn at SkillsUSA summer events

Six students in Warren County Career Center’s SkillsUSA chapter attended the SkillsUSA National Conference in Kansas City June 23-29.

The school’s local chapter earned a Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement at the Ohio conference recently.

Rising senior Haley Pickett, Waynesville, Health Science, is the Ohio SkillsUSA Treasurer, and rising senior Shea Walker, Franklin, Cosmetology, is the Ohio SkillsUSA Secretary. Both attended the SkillsUSA National Conference as officers.

Sierrah Jones, a 2013 graduate of Little Miami and WCCC in Health Science, took fourth place in the Prepared Speech contest at the National Conference. Sierrah also served last school year as the Southwest Ohio Regional President. Marical Ryan, a 2013 graduate of Waynesville and WCCC in Criminal Justice, was the 2012-13 SkillsUSA National Parliamentarian. She attended the 2013 National Conference and was involved in the planning of that event.

Rising senior Chelsea Feagans, Little Miami, Graphic Arts, attended the National Conference as a lead voting delegate for Ohio. Easton VonHolle, a 2013 graduate of Little Miami and WCCC in the Criminal Justice program, was also a lead voting delegate at the National Conference. Advisors who attended with the WCCC students were instructors Carrie Frandoni, Deon Gephart and LeAnna Kincer.

“I learned so much at the National Conference,” Shea Walker said. “I think the biggest thing I learned was to communicate well with others and to make sure that what I am doing is what is good for me and accept my limitations and find my strengths. I plan to compete in Prepared Speech next year.”

Students at National Competition from Ohio marched in a parade around the block, observed the competitions, spent time with national officer candidates, and also enjoyed some fun activities such as concerts and dinners.

Hocking College in Nelsonville was the site of the SkillsUSA Ohio Leadership Conference in July. The WCCC students attending camp were Shea Walker, Franklin, Cosmetology senior; Haley Pickett, Waynesville, Health Science senior; Kelsey Gaylor, Little Miami, Criminal Justice senior; Chelsea Feagans, Little Miami, Graphic Arts; and Sierrah Jones, Little Miami Class of 2013 and WCCC Health Science.

Activities at the leadership camp included a "Co-Initiative Course" with the National Guard, which focused on developing teamwork skills through a physical obstacle course that included critical thinking and problem solving skills, and "Paint the Town" Community Service project, which involved sprucing up 17 area homes and businesses with new paint and landscaping. All campers were involved in a mock election for Camp Officers and competed in their choice of Leadership Competitions such as prepared or extemporaneous speech, opening/closing ceremony, Flag Raising, Quiz Bowl, Technical Math, and National Anthem.

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