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Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Wins National Public Relations Media Award

First row: Jody Kane, CTE Coordinator; Nathanial Grizzard, SkillsUSA member; Samantha Dickens, SkillsUSA Member and President;  LaMeka Harrison, GCHS Principal. Second row: Stephen Wells, Advisor; Joshua Sutton, SkillsUSA Member and Treasurer; Destiny Johnson, SkillsUSA Member and Secretary; Marsha Campbell, Advisor; and James Wright, Advisor.

The online challenge encouraged local chapters and state officer teams to demonstrate how they showcased SkillsUSA to the news media in ways that highlighted career and technical education opportunities and student success. The purpose of the challenge was to help students grow in their communication and teamwork skills and to promote SkillsUSA to a wider audience. Teams promoted SkillsUSA to a minimum of three audiences in the community and then documented all media coverage.

The public relations challenge was open from Sept. 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018. The required media coverage period was three months to six months. Coverage included broadcast television, print media, social media and video posts, blogs, and school newspapers.

The goal of the challenge was to gain positive local media attention for schools, programs, and events. Participation in the SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge supported the program of work and chapter standards by helping students learn to document and measure efforts. 

GCHS SkillsUSA received a grant of $300 in recognition of their media efforts this school year. The first-place school winner and SkillsUSA Media Champion was Hueytown High School, in Hueytown, Ala. 

SkillsUSA’s head advisor is carpentry instructor, James Wright. Remaining SkillsUSA advisors are: Welding Instructor, Jerry Brown; Economics and Personal Finance Instructor, Marsha Campbell; Graphic Imaging Instructor, Dennis Holland; Culinary Arts Instructor, Stephen Wells; and Drafting Instructor, Gerald Wozniak. GCHS CTE Coordinators are Jody Kane and Courtney Mosley. .

The members and advisors will receive additional recognition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference, June 25-30, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Students will be sponsoring fundraisers throughout May. Please support the club in their efforts to attend the national conference. Members are currently selling tickets for the Annual Boston Butt until the day of the sale, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  Please see any member to purchase a Boston Butt party pack for $50.00 or Boston Butt Only for $35.00.

If you would like to make a donation to support the club, send to Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Club, 403 Harding Street Emporia, Virginia, 23847. If you need additional information please contact one of the advisors: James E. Wright, Jerry Brown, Marsha Campbell, Stephen Wells, Gerald Wozinak, or Brittany Wright at 434-634-2195. Greensville County High School SkillsUSA would like to extend a special thanks to the GCHS CTE Department, GCHS faculty, parents, and community for their continued support and donations to the club.

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