The SkillsUSA Maryland Fall Leadership Conference was held earlier this month in Ocean City. Students could earn the Statesman and Advanced Statesman awards and attend workshops and activities.
Nineteen North Point High School students attended the conference. “It builds character,” said North Point senior Umi Daniels of being a part of SkillsUSA. Daniels, who is in the cosmetology program, said she used to be reserved around new people. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she said. North Point senior Nisha Lathrop, who is studying education careers, said SkillsUSA helped her build the confidence she’ll need as she moves on to college and the workforce.
The Robert D. Stethem Educational Center sent 18 students to the conference, where 11 earned their Statesmen designation and eight became Advanced Student Statesmen. Kimberly Clements, Maryland SkillsUSA state board member and interactive media advisor, also earned an Advanced Statesmen award.
SkillsUSA is a student-led organization that teaches leadership skills, said Ron Scott Jr., North Point’s job placement coordinator and SkillsUSA advisor. “It prepares them to be better workers,” he said.
The SkillsUSA regional competition where Charles County students will compete against students from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties is in February, with a state competition in April. The national competition is in June.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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