The Kenai Peninsula regional SkillsUSA recently hosted its 8th annual meet at Soldotna High School, Skyview High School and the Kenai Peninsula College welding shop. SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that focuses on leadership, technical, vocational and employability skills. Students from Homer, Skyview, Kenai and Soldotna competed in events varying from public speaking to floriculture to welding. "The 2011 CTSO conference provided students with valuable resources that will help them in entering the career field that they choose, while also providing the friendly competition between students and schools in their respective events." Wesley Matthews, Skyview.
The regional SkillsUSA advisors and members would like to thank the many volunteers for their contribution of time, effort and equipment donations. The community involvement of volunteers really shows that local businesses and individuals care about their community, and especially demonstrates the significance of supporting the upcoming leaders who fill our local high schools. A variety of volunteers, both individuals and local businesses, generously donated their time and resources.
A special thanks to the following businesses and individuals for making the 2011 SkillsUSA regional meet a true success: United Rentals; Airport Rentals; Betty Miller, of KPBSD; Kathy McCubbins-Carlson, of Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Rape Aggression Defense; Ben Stanton, of KDLL radio; Terry Edmundon, of Central Emergency Services; Bruce Jackmon, of Tesoro; Greta Cox, of KCHS; JoAnne Martin, of Diamond M Ranch; Susan Byrne, of Kenai Alternative High School; Debbie Honer, of Central Peninsula Hospital; Ted Pearson and Tim Cole, of Chevron; Debbie Morris and Debbie Wick, of Tammy's Flowers; Wally Ward, of Marathon Oil; Reuben Foster, of the state Department of Corrections; JW Johns, of Spenard Builders Supply; Doug Grzybowski, of the state Department of Labor; Curt Wagoner, of the City of Kenai; Bob Hammer, of the Kenai Peninsula Home Building Association; and the following community members who helped make this work, Walt Ward and Marty Andersen.
Barry Hartman; Skyview Vocational Technology, Regional SkillsUSA Advisors
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