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Career Studies students place at national meet

June 27, 1998

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Washington County Career Studies Center students were among the top finishers at the 31st annual Skills USA Championships, part of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Kendra Simmons finished third in the preschool teaching assistant demonstration contest and Angela Warner placed fifth in job skill demonstration. They received their awards Friday night at a banquet that concluded the four-day conference.

Contestants in the pre-school teaching assistant contest were given assorted materials, as would be readily available in a child-care center. They were required to develop a lesson plan and "teacher-made" project to assist them in teaching a basic concept for one of a given list of curriculum areas for a mixed group of children ages 3 to 5. Contestants then demonstrated the lesson plan to a group of judges.

Four other Career Studies Center students were among the approximately 3,500 vocational students who took part in the conference.

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Jeremiah Shoemaker competed in extemporaneous speaking, Amanda Reed in food and beverage service and Chris McAfee in technical computer applications. CSC student Sarah Howell was Maryland's national voting delegate. The students were accompanied by C. JoAnne Knode, CSC's head adviser.

VICA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the Skills USA Championships to recognize the achievements of vocational students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

Simmons, Warner, Shoemaker, Reed and McAfee won the right to compete in Kansas City by winning their events in the Maryland VICA Skills Competition in Hagerstown in April.

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