Photos: Beth Scott and Ray Price
Telecom students competed at the SkillsUSA District 4 Leadership and Skills Conference on February 5 at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.
District 4 includes Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Poquoson, Williamsburg and the Eastern Shore.
Because Telecom has no competition from local schools in TV production, the district competition focuses on leadership and professional knowledge rather than skills. Telecom will enter TV production teams in the state competition, which will be held in April.
According to SkillsUSA Advisor and Telecom Supervisor Ray Price, the district conference is a good place for students with skills outside of TV production to shine. If a student is artistic or good at public speaking, he says, there are many opportunities to compete: designing the state conference pin (these are worn and collected), making a promotional bulletin board, giving a speech or participating in the job interview category.
One of the favorite categories is Quiz Bowl, and Telecom's team won the gold medal. In the quiz bowl category, competitors must quickly answer questions about academics, professional development, and current events. The Telecom team is made up of: Dalton McAninch and Allison Davis of Menchville High, Jaida Brinkley and Jahleel Burrell of Woodside High, and Demitre Waddell of Heritage High.
Brinkley also took first place in Promotional Bulletin Board, and Isis Roldan of Warwick High took third. These posters are based on the annual SkillsUSA theme and promote career and technical education. The contestants also create a notebook documenting the making of the bulletin board, and make an oral presentation.
Students who placed first in Districts – the quiz bowl team and Jaida Brinkley for her Promotional Bulletin Board – move on to the state competition April 4–5 in Roanoke. Because Brinkley is part of the quiz bowl team, too, she had to choose which category to compete in at the state competition, since a student can only enter one category. She plans to compete in Quiz Bowl.
Alexia Sowell and Anthony Dixon, both of Woodside High, received third place for their Occupational Scrapbook. The scrapbook is both artistic and informative, and illustrates the video production profession.
Dixon also placed second in the Job Interview category. In this category, students must go through a mock interview, including filling out an application and submitting a résumé and portfolio.
Winners at the state level advance to nationals, which will be held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year will be the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Nearly 6,000 career and technical education students – all state contest winners – will compete in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Skills USA District 4 competition: