Four JVS students recently participated in a 3-day SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute (ROTI). These students attended as North Central Regional Officers for SkillsUSA Ohio.
Elizabeth Rickard, an industrial electricity junior from North Ridgeville; Rachel Aponte, a cosmetology junior from North Ridgeville; Travis Hunter, a cosmetology junior from Wellington; and Matthew Markutsa, an industrial electricity junior from Avon Lake participated in the training.
During the conference, Lizzie Rickard was elected and appointed as President; Travis Hunter as Vice President, Matt Markutsa as Treasurer and Historian, and Rachel Aponte as Secretary and Reporter/Parliamentarian.
The students were also awarded the SkillsUSA National Statesman Award which is presented to members who demonstrate SkillsUSA knowledge and civic awareness, along with an understanding of the SkillsUSA Framework and how to articulate their personal experience in career and technical education (CTE).
Rickard shared why she wanted to be a part of the SkillsUSA organization. “I want to be a leader, and also wanted to take on the challenge. Leadership is a serious commitment.” She also stated that the 3-day conference helped prepare her and her classmates for the Regional Competition Awards Ceremony, where they virtually welcomed all to the North Central Regional event and orchestrated the SkillsUSA emblem ceremony.
The following Lorain County JVS students, listed by associate schools, received awards at the SkillsUSA Regional Awards Ceremony.
Rebecca Porter, a senior in the precision machine technology program, earned a silver medal in the CNC Technician event
Kyle Mettler, a senior in the industrial electricity program, earned a silver medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring event; Haylee Roach, a junior in the collision repair program, earned a silver medal in the Automotive Refinishing event
Anthony Klesta, a senior in the industrial electricity program, earned a gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring event
Simon Rivera-Evans, a senior in the precision machine technology program, earned a silver medal in the CNC Turning event