Letter to the editor: PHS grad wants to beef up SkillsUSA

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PHS Industrial Technology teacher Curt Cornelius, left, served as chaperone for PHS students, frm left, T.J. Sheehy, Devin Patrick and Sadee Whitfield at the 2016 Skills USA National Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.


To the editor:

My name is Sadee Whitfield, and I am a Perry High School graduate, class of 2018.

I am writing in support of the industrial technology addition and improvements. Throughout high school, the industrial technology department was a huge part of my life and helped shape me into the person I am today.

As some of you may know, I was involved in SkillsUSA, and it was the main focus of my time and energy in high school. I was a SkillsUSA state officer all four years of high school and was the president my junior and senior years. I spent countless hours in the shop, working on speeches, projects and contest preparation as a whole.

I am forever grateful for the opportunities I received from Mr. Steva and Mr. Cornelius. I was lucky enough to attend nationals all four years of high school and even placed 13th in digital cinema production my junior year.

Attending nationals gave me many opportunities to meet tons of students, teachers and industry representatives. Meeting so many individuals from all across the country gave me a pretty good idea at where myself, my peers and our technology department as a whole stood.

We were behind, lacking the equipment, space and resources we needed to compete with other schools and programs. The new addition would provide updated equipment and more space in the classroom/work space and would improve the overall safety of the students who use the facility.

The classes offered in the industrial technology department help prepare students for the workforce after high school as well as teach them basic life skills.

The industrial technology addition would bring great opportunities for students in the classroom and in their respective trades. Please vote Yes in support of the bond referendum on Feb. 5.

Sadee Whitfield
Perry

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