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SkillsUSA Striving for Excellence

The George Washington Carver SkillsUSA program would like to acknowledge our Quest Middle School SkillsUSA and our Carver Center Saturday SkillsUSA programs for all of the due diligence that they have shone throughout this school year. A major and first undertaking was their collaboration with Toys for Tots and The George Washington Carver Community Center. The SkillsUSA members were in charge of escorting the recipients through the stations to collect toys and valuable information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has had to make major adjustments to its components for the remainder of the school year.

The SkillsUSA Illinois Competition to be held in Springfield this April had to be canceled. Unfortunately, several of our students were not able to compete as planned. Carver Center would like to recognize the following participants for their efforts and hard work in preparing for the State Competitions. Tamia l. Burke, Chelsea Diaz, Melissa Diaz, Jz’ryiah T. Marks, Jah Y. Mabalama, Jayden L. Whitby, Adysen Whitby, Nyquavion M. Martin – Childs, Kanye J. Smith, Kamiyah Kimbrough, Derosa Y. Crawford, and Elianna Keyes. We would also like to thank our other outstanding students who were not participating in the competitions but are nonetheless an important part of the team: Madalyn E. Johnson, Avalyn M. Larson, Kyleigh M. Muex, Shamya Collins, Isaiah Jones, and Kia Cannon.

The areas of competition were First Aid/CPR, Community Service, and Creative Photography. We look forward to recognizing the students for their accomplishments, teaming, and preparation with a luncheon and award presentation at the Carver Community Center in June. It has been a pleasure to work with such an outstanding group of students, parents, and volunteers. We will continue to climb high for the 20-21 school year!

If you would like more information about the program or how to support the program, contact Carver Center Program Director Sandra Burke; SkillsUSA Coordinator Charles Miner or SkillsUSA Facilitator, Billy Young at (309)839-0722.