CCPS Students Excel at 2023 SkillsUSA Maryland Annual Fall Leadership Conference
Twenty Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) Career and Technology Academy (CTA) students demonstrated and honed their leadership skills at this year’s SkillsUSA Maryland Annual Fall Leadership Conference. The conference took place November 2-3, 2023, in Ocean City, Maryland.
“This conference provided valuable opportunities to for our students to expand and grow their leadership skills,” explained CCPS SkillsUSA Lead Advisor and CTA teacher Kimberly Clements. “Our students engaged with other SkillsUSA Maryland students, attended leadership training sessions on teamwork, communication, developing SMART goals, and time management.”
First-year attendees are eligible for the prestigious SkillsUSA Statesman and the second-year attendees who have earned the Statesman Award are eligible for the Advanced Statesman Award. These awards recognize students who have demonstrated their leadership skills and have mastered requirements in leadership training.
CTA Culinary Arts Student Callie Nicholson is a SkillsUSA Maryland state officer who led the “Crew Deck” teaching others about teamwork in the workplace. She has taken the skills learned through the program and applied those skills to teach others throughout the state.
“We are extremely proud to share that all 20 CTA students earned a leadership award at the 2023 Fall SkillsUSA Fall Conference,” shared Clements.
Advanced Statesman Award Recipients
Maggie Green, Culinary Arts
Sam Hall, Interactive Media Production
Nate Hawley, Academy of Health Professions
Amy Ontko, Culinary Arts
Courtney Smith, Culinary Arts
Hank Valentin, Welding
Destiny Wright, Interactive Media Production
Statesman Award Recipients
Alees Cook, Cosmetology
Maliyah Graham, Cisco Networking & Cybersecurity
Caleb Hood, Interactive Media Production
Rylee Horling, Culinary Arts
Sheala Jefferson, Culinary Arts
Charlee Lewis, Cosmetology
Alyssa Lane, Cisco Networking & Cybersecurity
Nathan Nguyen, Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education
Kelly Parker, Interactive Media Production
Jamie Pitcher, Welding
Lillyanna Rosa, Academy of Health Professions
Charles Smith, Interactive Media Production
Katori White, Interactive Media Production
SkillsUSA promotes skilled trades with a mission to empower students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members. Representing nearly 400,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools, and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide.