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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.

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA organization attended Virginia State Leadership Conference

 

The Greensville County High School SkillsUSA organization attended the 54th Virginia State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference April 20-21, 2018 in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The conference was attended by the following members:  Nathanial Grizzard, Mae Hammad, Destiny Johnson, Antonio Atchinson, Neal Powell, Samantha Dickens, Taylor Powell, Kamaray Sykes, and Joshua Sutton. The following club advisors were in attendance Jerry Brown, Brittany Wright, Marsha Campbell, and James E. Wright. Students’ competition areas include Presidential Volunteer Service Award, American Degree, promotional bulletin board, and chapter display. The chapter also competed in the Chapter of Excellence program. Nathanial Grizzard, Kamaray Sykes and Mae Hammad represented the chapter as voting delegates. The students placed in the following competitions:

  • Chapter Display: First Place: Neal Powell, Destiny Johnson, Antonio Atchinson

  • Promotional Bulletin Board: Third Place: Samantha Dickens, Taylor Powell, and Joshua Sutton

  • American Degree- Samantha Dickens

Service usually springs from selflessness. Through the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the President of the United States recognizes volunteers for sustained service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups who have achieved a certain standard — measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

The following students won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award:

Gold Level- Samantha Dickens

Silver Level- Taylor Powell

Bronze Level- Neal Powell and Maci Powell

The chapter also received the following awards:

  • Chapter of Excellence- Chapter of Quality Award
  • Chapter of Excellence- Chapter of Distinction Award- Gold Level
  • 100% Membership Award
  • Plus Member Award

The Chapter Excellence Program relates to the development of personal, workplace and technical skills.  The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens”.  It also serves as the blueprint for career readiness--- our ultimate goal as an organization.  Greensville is one of only two schools to earn Gold out of 125 Virginia schools.

The first place winners will represent the state of Virginia at the National Leadership Conference June 26-30, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Students will be sponsoring fundraisers during April- May. Please support the club in their efforts to attend the national conference.

Members will be selling tickets for the Annual Boston Butt sale starting this month 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: Jerry Brown, Brittany Wright, Gerald Wozinak, Marsha Campbell, Stephen Wells, or James E. 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 support and donations to the club.

Greensville County Skills USA District 12 Competition

The Greensville County SkillsUSA student organization participated in competitive events last week.

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 Greensville County SkillsUSA hosted the District 12 SkillsUSA Leadership competitions in Chapter Display and Promotional Bulletin Board. Students placed as follows:

  • Neal Powell, Ricky Norwood, and Ciara Wright  first place for Chapter Display
  • Samantha Dickens, Taylor Powell, and Anesia Powell first place Promotional Bulletin Board

On Monday, February 13, 2017 Greensville County Skills USA hosted the District 12 Welding competition.

  • Joshua Vaughan, first place  Welding
  • Hunter Cifers, second place  Welding

On Friday, February 17, 2017 Greenville County Skills USA hosted the District 12 Additive Manufacturing competitions.

  • All students competing in Additive Manufacturing will progress on to state competition
  • Jessie Gay and Austin Dixon  first place Additive Manufacturing Team
  • Cody Delgado and Deidra Mangrum second place  Additive Manufacturing Team

Congratulations to all members on job well done. The members will now move on to the State Leadership Competition in Fredericksburg, Virginia April 28-29, 2017.

GCHS SkillsUSA Attends State Leadership Conference

The Greensville County High School SkillsUSA club attended the 52ndAnnual Virginia SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The conference was attended by the following members: Jada Brown, Samantha Dickens, Taylor Powell, Anisa Powell and Nathaniel King. The following club advisors were in attendance Jerry Brown, Doris Bennett, and James E. Wright. The students competed in welding, promotional bulletin board, outstanding chapter, and job demonstration A.  Taylor Powell, Samantha Dickens and Anisa Powell served as voting delegates. The students placed in the following competitions:

  • Outstanding Chapter: First Place: Jada Brown
  • Promotional Bulletin Board: First Place: Taylor Powell and Samantha Dickens.

The first place winner will represent the state of Virginia at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-26, 2016.  Students will be organizing fundraiser during April and May.  Please support the club in their effort to attend the national conference. If you would like to make a donation to support the club, donations should be sent to Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Club, 403 Harding Street Emporia, Virginia, 23847. If you need additional information, please contact one of the advisors: Jerry Brown, Doris Bennett, or James E. Wright at 43-634-2195.  The club would like to extend a special thanks to the Greensville County Public School Division, GCHS CTE Department, GCHS faculty, Parents, and Volunteers for assisting with State Leadership Conference.

    

    

    

    

GCHS Celebrates SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA members at Greensville County Highs School are celebrated SkillsUSA Week during February 7-13, 2016 in conjunction with National Career and Technical Education Month.

Jada Brown (pictured at right, participating with the AKA One Million Backpacks project) is chairperson of SkillsUSA Week Activities at Greensville County High School where students are active in SkillsUSA. Members have plan the following activities for this week:

  • Monday: Signing of the SkillsUSA proclamation with principal Mrs. Burton
  • Tuesday: Business and Industry Field Trips: Gateway Bank and SteelFab
  • Wednesday:  Presentation of SkillsUSA power point in various classrooms
  • Thursday: Campus Cleanup – cancelled due to inclement weather
  • Friday:   SkillsUSA  Valentine Social

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA has been busy since the beginning of school attending competition at the Virginia State Fair, participating in leadership development training, and various community service projects. The organization officers are Jada Brown (President), Taylor Powell, (Vice President), Samantha Dickens, (Secretary), Titiana Nicholson (Treasurer), Regan Drake (Reporter), Ishmael Muhammad (Parliamentary) and Haylee Miller (Chaplain).

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and college/technical schools.

SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 members annually, organized into 18,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. For more information visit www.skillsusa.org.

    

Above right: SkillsUSA members participating in The Heart Truth Walk and balloon release.  Above left: SkillsUSA members on a tour at SteelFab

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