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YUHSD students go to Washington for SkillsUSA

Yuma Union High School District

About 94 Yuma Union High School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) students went to Washington

YUMA, Ariz (KYMA, KECY) - Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) Career and Technical Education (CTE) student ambassadors went to Washington for the annual SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) from Sept. 17-21.

About 94 YUHSD students were able to go to the four-day conference and were able to have the opportunity to grow their professionalism, communication and leadership skills.

This offered the students to be able to meet with legislative representatives, have a tour of Washington D.C., visit monuments and museums, have a CTE rally and join a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

“The training is about advocacy,” YUHSD CTE Executive Director Lorie Honeycutt said. “It is about telling your story and articulating it clearly so others want to take action. By having the students take this training, they are learning that many adults don’t really have. It is a very select group that gets to go to this training from the different states. We are fortunate that SkillsUSA allows us to continue participating.”

Honeycutt also mentioned that 100 percent of the YUHSD students were awarded the National Statesman award.

“My experience during WLTI was very enlightening, educational and fun. WLTI impacted me with knowledge about how greatly important it is to be career ready, and how many job positions are in need of being filled. Being in CTE leadership was very academically informative, it even helped me with life outside of school," San Luis High School sophomore Anasofia Ramirez said.

“I felt so honored to be part of something so big and amazing. If I were to be offered the opportunity to attend other trainings and conferences again, I would definitely take the offer because it was such an amazing experience that I would love to be a part of again,” Kofa High School junior Alayna Pallanes added.

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