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Region Competition Winners!




On January 24, Cross Keys SkillsUSA Chapter attended Region 3 Competition.  A total of thirty-one (31) students attended the competition.  Success was great for Cross Keys.  Participants placed in the following contests: 




Opening/Closing Ceremony

Maria Lorenzo

Gabriele Herrera

Kaylen Dinh

Alexa Giron

Belem Dominguez

Evelin Contreas


Job Demonstration Open

Elvis Rodriguez



Fidel Laguana


Job Demonstration A

Enrique Ramirez


Quiz Bowl

Nyamanga Ator

Sebastian Zambrano

Brian Berduo

Pedro Ignacion

Thierno Barry


Pin Design

Zachary Hunter


T-shirt Design

Lennox Ogander


Zachary Hunter, who placed second in Pin Design, stated, “using my communication skills paid off.  We learned this from the SkillsUSA Frameworks and at competition put it to use.”  Thierno Barry, a quiz bowl participant, grinned and said: “Learning the SkillsUSA Framework and the history of SkillsUSA helped us to place.  We are going to study and take the gold at State Competition.” 
School Visit
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On January 17,2020, Cross Keys SkillsUSA visited the Aviation Institute of Maintenance to tour the aircraft facility and learn more about their programs.

Ms. Sherita Sutton, Educational Outreach Coordinator, had visited our school to discuss “Personality Profiles”.  She invited the chapter to tour the Institute.  The Chapter’s Health and Safety Committee wanted to observe their safety procedures that are in place for aircraft training.

Enrique Ramirez, automotive service student, stated; “these engines are a hundred times larger than an engine car.  I would love to work on these engines.”  Members had the opportunity to FAA safety regulations as well as OHSA guidelines for aircrafts. 

Child Identification
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On December 12, Cross Keys SkillsUSA Chapter went beyond the call of duty in completing their community service project.  This year’s project, Child Identification Card Services, was designed to provide ID cards to children under the age of 13.  Criminal justice student, Anahi Varela, stated, with more than five children missing per day, this information could assist law enforcement authorities in locating missing children.  We need to do this.”

This purpose of this project was also to enhance our job specific skills learned in the classroom. Members from construction, computer technology, criminal justice and healthcare science had an opportunity to display skills acquired in their technical classes to complete the Child Identification Card Services.

Alexa Giron stated that her computer skills were definitely tested in this project. SkillsUSA members completed more than one hundred child ID cards.  

SkillsUSA Day with Veterans
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On December 14, the Cross Keys High School SkillsUSA Chapter spent their Saturday playing BINGO with hospitalized veterans at the Veterans Medical Center.  Members demonstrated the essential elements of work ethics and responsibility as they assisted the veterans playing Bingo.  Ashley Portillo stated that “these veterans take Bingo very serious.”  The veterans immediately wanted to know what the prized was.  Members had to donate $2.00 per game to the winners.  Using their professional skills, each member was responsible for assisting a veteran.

After a total of eight games, Members had an opportunity to talk with the veterans about their military.  Gustavo talked with his veteran about his service in the air force.  Gustavo stated that “Mr. Johnson was injured in World War II and it has been bothering it ever since.”  Theirno who called out the numbers stated “let’s do this again, they liked us being with them”.  

      Pictured above is Mr. Bob Bradley of Mechanical Contractors of Georgia.  Mr. Bradley talks with SkillsUSA member, Jose Cruz about his welding apprenticeship program.  Jose stated that the programs here have so much to offer but I like aircraft maintenance more.  SkillsUSA members and students received information from Georgia Power about their lineman apprenticeship program
    On November 21 Cross Keys SkillsUSA hosted Taste of Tech, a college fair with only apprenticeship programs and specialty colleges.  Some of the colleges in attendance were: International School of Skin and Nails, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Institute of Medical Ultrasound, etc.
Construction Class Partners with Georgia Power!
      Cross Keys Construction class SkillsUSA joins partnership with Georgia Power Company in preparing students for employment as a lineman. Georgia Power offers a paid apprenticeship on-the-job training as well as in-classroom training before becoming a journeyman line. Their workforce is aging and they needed a supply of individuals who have the skills, knowledge, and ability to work safely in difficult conditions. Tony Owen and Marilyn Walker informed students of qualifications for the training program.
      Students in the construction class visited the training site on September 25 to observe their training facilities.  While on the job training site, Gavin Heneghan and Edwin Reyes had an opportunity to climb a utility pole. Anthony Lam had an opportunity to drill a hole or spikes fin a utility pole. 
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