SkillsUSA week honors organization’s success

Photo courtesy of Sandra Matson-Fennell

SPHS celebrated its annual SkillsUSA week on February 6-10 with pancakes, ice cream and Red Vines following their recent success at the Skills Regional Leadership and Skills Conference.

The week kicked off with SkillsUSA Awareness day on Monday. Members wore their Skills shirts on campus and encouraged students to ask questions about the organization. On Tuesday, Skills sent thank-you cards to advisors Sandra Matson-Fennell and Mike Hogan as well as other Career Technical Education teachers, including Pat Rini, Eef VanIrsel, and Cathy Mason.

Faculty appreciation continued on Wednesday, when Skills members arrived at school early to make pancakes for the staff. On Thursday, Skills served ice cream to its members outside CC1 at lunch to celebrate their chapter’s regional wins. The last day of SkillsUSA week had members wearing red and passing out Red Vines to raise awareness about the organization.

“SkillsUSA week was amazing. [The pancake breakfast] received a lot of positive feedback from the teachers, and it was a great opportunity to show our appreciation and to grow our name. Overall, it was great to see how much our club has grown and to celebrate with our members, students, and faculty” junior Damian Ugalde said.

SkillsUSA’s next major event is the State Leadership and Skills Conference in San Diego on April 20-23.

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