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Three NNPS Telecom students participated in the SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference held in Virginia Beach April 19-21.

Telecom students have been going to SkillsUSA conferences for well over two decades. Telecom Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. chaperoned the students for the weekend trip.

The conference and competitions were held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization, the goal of which is to ensure a skilled U.S. workforce.

Woodside High School Junior Chase Willett competed in the State T-Shirt Design, which is pre-judged. He designed a T-shirt following the required specifications and with an explanation about the design. It was submitted in March.

Woodside Senior Ethan Clinkenbeard and Junior Donovan Crowder both competed in a job skill demonstration, in two different competitions.

Clinkenbeard gave a presentation and demonstrated how to use Adobe Premiere with preset effects for use in editing videos, while Crowder's presentation was demonstrating TV Camera Setup and Operation.

For those competitions, the students present in front of about four judges in a room. They must give the judges their résumé and then do their presentation and demonstration.

The Telecom students had a laptop and a camera and tripod, but other competitors had a car tire, a heavy box with a battery, and other interesting "props."

The students were able to watch some of the other demonstrations like culinary, carpentry, and mechanical skills.

Though the Telecom students did not place in the top three to move on to the national competition, they enjoyed participating in the competition and conference. Preparing for it and competing is good experience for them, and an extra activity to put on their résumés or college applications.