College of Western Idaho (CWI) Internetworking student, Lisette Baer, secured a silver medal finish at the 51st-annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 22-26. Baer was one of ten competitors representing CWI at the prestigious event, which hosted over 6,000 career and technical education students from around the country.
In addition to the runner-up title secured by Baer, fives students competing in the Quiz Bowl competition earned a Bronze award. The Quiz Bowl competition tests the team’s ability to quickly respond to questions covering areas of academic knowledge, professional development, and current events. CWI competitors included Adam Hayman, Cole Rogers, Marcus Sirounian, Tera Filan, and Andrew Doxey.
Another CWI participant, Lisa Webb, is also being celebrated for a number of achievements she enjoyed at nationals. Along with finishing seventh in the Prepared Speech competition, Webb also experienced a couple firsts for the state of Idaho. Webb was one of 74 participants honored at the conference with the President’s Volunteer Service Award; making her Idaho’s first recipient of the award through SkillsUSA. She also had the opportunity to represent the state as a member of the student voting delegation, which serves as governing body for affairs associated with the organization’s student constitution.
The most recent national awards for SkillsUSA add to the College’s reputation of quality education demonstrated through students qualifying and securing top national recognition for career and technical skills.