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GISH SkillsUSA Students Earn Awards at Mid-America Leadership Conference

8 GISH students smiling wearing their SkillsUSA red blazers and standing with two teachers

SkillsUSA students at Grand Island Senior High continue to add hardware to the trophy case.

Ten GISH students attended the Mid-America Leadership Conference in Columbus, NE from Oct. 20-24 and brought home 12 awards.

The Mid-America is a leadership conference with training for state/local officers and advisors on how to run a local SkillsUSA chapter. Students are broken up into multiple chapters that complete a year's worth of SkillsUSA chapter business in three and a half days. Mid-America Conference chapters are composed of students from many different states. Together, the students elect chapter officers, run chapter business meetings, compete in competitions, organize industry tours, and participate in community service events.

“The Mid-America Leadership Conference is considered by many to be the most rigorous SkillsUSA event in the region,” said Alex Kemnitz, an alternative energy and robotics teacher at GISH.  

Congratulations to the Islanders on attending and receiving awards at the Mid-America Leadership Conference!

GISH SkillsUSA Team Results:

  • Cesar Aguilar: Statesman award
  • Antonio Corretjer: Chapter Vice President, Statesman award
  • Meredith Barrett: Chapter Treasurer, 3rd place Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Statesman award
  • Juana Reynoso: Statesman award
  • Zoie Haar: Chapter treasurer, 2nd place Opening & Closing Ceremonies, 3rd place prepared speech, 3rd place Treasurer's notebook, Statesman award
  • Civana Cruz: Statesman award
  • Chris Rosales: Statesman award
  • Charlie Gentry: Chapter president, Statesman award
  • Adeline Goodwin-Jensen
  • Jaden Somer