SkillsUSA Is Changing Lives!
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry leaders working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce today and into the future. Originally founded in 1965 as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), SkillsUSA is a national organization that empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible citizens.
SkillsUSA helps students excel. With a nationwide network of members to bond with, our students develop their self-confidence, work attitude, and communication skills through leadership, teamwork, and community service. While competing at the district, state, and national level in their technical areas, our students discover and grow their career passions and learn to value their own self-worth.
Do you want to be more involved with SkillsUSA and take part in their educational programs, events, or competitions? Check out the following conferences:SkillsUSA Massachusetts District V Leadership Conference
Our students are honored to compete among the states' most talented vocational-technical students in the annual SkillsUSA competitions. The 2022 season of events starts at BVT on Wednesday, March 16th with the SkillsUSA District V Competition via online testing.SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills ConferenceThose students skilled enough to win at the district level will then compete at the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference Championships: The Leadership Events on April 14th at the Best Western in Marlborough, and the hands-on competitions are on Friday, April 29th at BVT. There are no outside visitors allowed during the live competition on the 29th. There will be an awards ceremony on May 13th at the Best Western in Marlborough. The competitions and awards ceremony is closed to the public.
SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
In 2022, competitions will be held from June 20th – 25th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Champions from all over the US will have an opportunity to participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference and compete in events featuring competitions, national officer elections, and business and industry partners and sponsors.
8 Medals and Top 10 Finishes at SkillsUSA Nationals
Our students proved their vocational-technical competency at the 58th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Demonstrating skills learned at Blackstone Valley Tech and applied during the competitions, our students won an impressive 8 medals – 7 gold and 1 bronze. Congratulations!
We had four National Voting Delegates elected during the State competition, successfully campaign for State Officer Elect Hunter Claflin, who was elected to serve as a National Officer for the 2022-2023 school year. The third and final stage of the SkillsUSA series had students competing on June 22nd and 23rd.
The following students, organized by hometown, earned medals, top 10 finishes, and earned Skill Point Certificates at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference:
4th place: Sara Lewis, Principles of Technology
National Voting Delegate: Haley McKinnon
Gold: Daniel Cardone, Web Design
Bronze: Allana Atstupenas, CNC Turning Specialist
5th place: Andrew Konicki, Entrepreneurship; and Kyle Penta, Entrepreneurship
National Officer Elect: Hunter Claflin
Gold: Brett Staples, Web Design; and Bryan Wheeler, Robotics & Automation Technology
4th place: John Kearney, Additive Manufacturing; and Chloe Vescio, Additive Manufacturing
5th place: Nicholas Valoras, Entrepreneurship
National Voting Delegate: Camila Ramirez
National Voting Delegate: Samantha Stephens
Skill Point Certificate: Mayra Desousa, First Aid/CPR
Gold: Julia Drapeau, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
8th place: Natalie Lambert, Culinary Arts
10th place: Myra Dehestani, Prepared Speech
Skill Point Certificate: Benjamin Judson, Automotive Refinishing Technology
We're so proud of Benjamin! He has been invited to compete in the 2023 Worlds Skills Competition in France.
5th place: Chloe Terrell, Entrepreneurship
National Voting Delegate: Mia Bellacqua
Gold: Riley Holt, Mechatronics; Robert Mellen, Mechatronics; Adam Pratt, Robotics & Automation Technology
4th place: Autumn Herrick, Telecommunications Cabling
SkillsUSA Chapter Meetings
Congratulations to Hunter Claflin
for being elected as a
National SkillsUSA Officer
for the 2022-2023 school year!
Join us for our monthly chapter
meetings by reaching out to an advisor
for more information.
All are welcome to attend!