The Central Valley High School chapter of SkillsUSA has been busy! As part of February’s Career and Technical Education Month celebration, officers presented to the district’s Board of Directors and shared just HOW busy!

Students talked about the after-school and competitive opportunities that are assisting them in honing their abilities and clarifying their future pathways. They represented courses and extended leadership activities involving interests and skills that ranged from computer science, engineering and robotics to photography and video media production. Rotating emphases on particular specialties enable members to participate in a variety of projects and narrow their focus as advisors demonstrate techniques beyond the classroom.

Robotics and drone competitions are in the works, the SkillsUSA regional video contest was recently concluded and the photography competition is just around the corner. CVHS Video Media teams placed first, second and sixth, with the top two spots qualifying for the state conference. The teams of Austin Florendo and Xander Plumly placed first with Derek Tresner and Devin York coming in second.

The other focus of the student presentation was service, specifically the annual “Bear in a Blanket.” Collaborating with the school’s Key Club, members plan and implement a unique stuffed animal drive in support of the Spokesman Review’s Christmas Bureau. A “Teddy Toss” from the upper mezzanine into the commons garners significant participation! This year’s collection broke prior records, bringing in nearly 3,100 furry friends. Since the inception of this event in 2011, approximately 10,000 stuffed animals have been donated. The next service venture involves the local Shriner’s Hospital.

Board and audience members were excited by the students’ involvement and sense of direction!

(L-R) Student officers Casey Constance, (President) Amariah Adams, Logan Fredekind, Brianna Creeger, Austin Florendo and Miranda Kuhlmann pictured with advisors Alan Wardsworth and Ron Beard following the school board presentation.