CTC Students Shine at SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training
In a spectacular display of talent and dedication, five outstanding students from Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center (CTC) participated in the SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute at the Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that helps develop leadership, teamwork, and professional skills of students.
- Incoming SkillsUSA Southwest Regional Officers
- Hailey Neer, a junior from Northeastern High School in the Computer Graphic Arts program
- Diego Martinez, a junior from Tecumseh High School in the Health Occupations program
- Current SkillsUSA State Officers
- Jaime Botello - a senior from Tecumseh High School in Electrical Trades program
- Leah Shafer - a senior from Tecumseh High School in Nurse Assisting program
- Xzavyier Mines - a senior from Springfield High School in the Engineering & Architectural Design program
Preparing the Next Leaders: Incoming Officers
The focus of the Regional Officer Training Institute is the incoming Regional Officers who were elected last fall and take office with the 2024-25 school year. Over 40 students, from the six SkillsUSA Ohio regions participated in the Training Institute to develop team building skills, leadership skills, and presentation and public speaking skills. The incoming officers also learned how to lead and participate in opening ceremonies, so that they are comfortable with assuming the ceremonial duties for upcoming regional competition events and award ceremonies. The students also explored Columbus, touring the State Capitol and the Veterans Memorial and Museum. Notably, they met with State Representatives, sharing their insights on career-tech education and SkillsUSA experiences.
CTC Students Bring Home Awards
During the Training Institute several awards were bestowed upon students for advocacy and goodwill presentations, 60-second elevator speeches, and opening and closing ceremony procedures.
Individual awards were earned by:
- Hailey Neer - Gold Medal for first place in the individual elevator speech.
- Diego Martinez - Statesmen Award, the highest award given at the Regional Officer Training Institute
- Jaime Botello - Statesmen Award, the highest award given at the Regional Officer Training Institute
- Leah Shafer - Statesmen Award, the highest award given at the Regional Officer Training Institute
- Xzavyier Mines - Statesmen Award, the highest award given at the Regional Officer Training Institute
The seven-member Southwest Regional Officer Team, which included CTC students Diego and Hailey, demonstrated exceptional skill attainment and were honored with:
- Gold Medal for their Advocacy
- Silver Medal for their Opening and Closing Ceremony
- Bronze Medal for their Goodwill presentation
CTC's Hailey Neer Named Regional President
During the Regional Officer Training Institute the advisors and state SkillsUSA staff observe and take note of students who step up into leadership roles. Hailey Neer's outstanding leadership qualities were recognized, and she was appointed as the Southwest Regional President.
Congratulations to all SkillsUSA Students
The Springfield-Clark CTC community celebrates the exceptional representation of these students, not only for the institution but also for all the students involved!
Congratulations to Jaime, Leah, Xzavyier, Diego, and Hailey! 🌟