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SkillsUSA is a place for competitions, leadership

January 24, 2018 GMT

Editor’s note: The following article was written by Elyse Asmus, a junior at Watertown High School and president of SkillsUSA Wisconsin.

The article explains the work and mission of Skills-USA, a popular program at Watertown High School.

SkillsUSA is a place where the future workers of the world come together to compete against each other and grow in their skills and trades. By offering competitions from welding to robotic, commercial baking to video production, first aid and CPR to cabinet making, SkillsUSA offers a wide and diverse number of competitions for everyone in middle school, high school and college. In addition to all of these competitions, SkillsUSA offers an extensive amount of leadership training whether it’s at the local, state or national level. When I first joined Skills-USA as a freshman at Watertown High School, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, the opportunities and possibilities I could unlock. I knew nothing of the competitions or the leadership opportunities SkillsUSA offers. All I knew was that my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to join and I did. Over the duration of my freshman year of high school, SkillsUSA was a tool for me to develop into a successful and professional individual.

Currently, as a junior, I serve as the SkillsUSA Wisconsin state president where I’m blessed to have so many opportunities to travel and further my leadership experience while making new friends. Back in June of last year, through Skills-USA, I was able to go down to Louisville, Kentucky, for state officer training at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference. While I was there, I met hundreds of state officers from all over the country. Together, we practiced speech writing, held meetings and learned how to be effective, fair leaders.

No matter who someone is or what they enjoy doing, Skills-USA has a place for them. SkillsUSA is truly a positive force in thousands of people’s lives nationwide and can make a difference through the competitions and training the organization offers.