Our 15 student national officers are always an impressive group of people. That seems particularly true this year. The officers were here on July 23-31 for some extensive and intensive training on their roles in SkillsUSA, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, news media interviews, etiquette, and planning and conducting workshops. Of course, throughout the week a lot of effort went into helping the students to bond as a team including the Inner Quest Challenge, usually called “The Ropes Course” because of some of the most memorable and challenging events in the course. (I know because I was there. More than one student had to overcome a fear of heights.) And, the officers were all briefed by the department directors on the work of their offices.
Judging by the obvious enthusiasm of the entire group, I’d say the goal to create a cohesive team was met. To see the officers and their offices – selected within the group by the end of the week – please go to: www.skillsusa.org/students/officers.shtml. Congratulations and thanks go to past national officers Jeremy Ballentine and Jonathan Irizarry and to our staff members for a successful launch.