“Each of you champions, each runner-up, and each participant in these championships has turned an individual skill into such an art.” This is what Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley told the more than a thousand people last Friday evening at the 2016 SkillsUSA Maine Championship opening ceremony at Hampden Academy.
This year was also the celebration of SkillsUSA’s 50th year of the championships. Director Hal Casey addressed the State Advisors saying, “You have energy and you have enthusiasm; this room is filled with champions because of you.”
SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni. This year, a total 489 high school competitors, 36 College competitors, and seven middle school competitors were all champions.
Competitions ranged from courtesy corps and commercial baking to 3D visualization and animation to welding sculpture setup.