Fourteen students from Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring participated in the Maryland SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Ocean City.
Thirteen of them earned statesman awards and one, Sara Pugh of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, earned the advanced statesman award.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens.
For the statesman award, students must answer 25 questions orally about SkillsUSA, including questions related to the group’s pledge and shield. The advanced statesman candidate has questions to answer but also must submit a resume and complete a job interview and other activities that relate to SkillsUSA.
Earning the statesman award were Eduardo Adum, Adonis Corvoisier, Angelo DiPasquale and Joshua Thompson, network operations; Benjamin Connors and Pornpim Phorntavewat, restaurant management; Amanda Gamage, Zachary Hough and Vivi Lethanh, graphics; Michael Prebble and Jayvon Sneed, electricity; Alison Coyne, interior design; and Dari Diaz, cosmetology 3.
The students also participated in a scarecrow-decorating competition. The Edison scarecrow, named Tom Eddy, represented the school’s programs. For example, the head was a light bulb; the eyes and mouth were car parts; the arms were metal tubes from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the hands were made from wood with fake fingernails; the shirt was designed by the graphics students last year; the feet were bricks cut to look like shoes; and the scarecrow was holding a tray with a blue print on it and fake fruit. Tom Eddy won first place.
More than 400 students from around Maryland attended the conference.