LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Volunteer High School’s CTE Program took 19 students to compete at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference and Competition in Louisville, KY, on June 24-28, 2019.

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

Through an investment from business and industry partners of approximately $36 million, the event occupies a space equivalent to 20 football fields. In 2018, there were more than 6,500 contestants in 103 separate events. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Participating from VHS were:

Criminal Justice Program: Advisor — Kevin Hilton

2nd Place (Silver Medal): Aedyn Mullins — Action Skills

3rd Place (Bronze Medal): Zach Mayo, Mary Morrison, Alexis Fansler, Ellie Mclain, Sara Gonce, Hannah Johnson: Chapter Business (Parliamentary) Procedure

5th Place: Garrett Armstrong, Elijah Whitehead, Jonah Price — Career Pathway Showcase

5th Place: Emily Christian — Extemporaneous Speaking

8th Place: Leah Hostetler — Prepared Speech

Culinary Arts Program: Advisor — Michael Gordon

11th Place: Hannah Russell, Hank Marshall, Alexis Moore, Ariana Rodriguez — Entrepreneurship.

Cosmetology Program: Advisor — Tammy Turner

26th Place: Delana Simmons, Haley Reynolds (model) — Nail Care.