Northeast Technology Center’s Afton campus attended the “Northeast Leadership SkillsUSA Spring Conference” held on the Broken Arrow campus of Tulsa Technology Center.

Northeast Oklahoma high schools and technology centers gathered to compete in “Leadership Skilled” events such as Chapter Business Procedure, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Interview, Job Skill Demonstration A&B, Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Prepared Speech, and Community Service Demonstration. Competitors placing first or second in the events qualify to compete at the state level which will be held in Tulsa in late April. Competing in this years events were the Welding Technology, Electrical Technology, Diesel Technology, Automotive Collision Repair, and Carpentry programs.

Students placing in the competition were: Justin Yost a fourth year student in the Electrical Technology program from Miami placed first place in Job Skills Demonstration; Billy Larkin a first year student in the Carpentry program from Miami placed second place in both Job Skills Demonstration and Job Interview; Josh May a second year student in the Welding Technology program and senior from Vinita placed second in both Job Skills Demonstration and Extemporaneous Speech; Hayden Chewey a first student in the Carpentry program and junior at Welch placed third in Prepared Speech; and students from the Automotive Collision Repair program placed fifth in Quiz Bowl, Drew Fish a first year student and sophomore from Grove Alternative School, Dave Perry a second year student and senior from Miami, Shadd Perry a first year student and junior from Miami, and John Whitteaker a first year student and junior from Miami. The Extemporaneous Speech requires a contestant to give a three to five minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation. Contestants enter the preparation area one at a time where they are given a speech topic.

They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness.

The Prepared Speech competition requires students to deliver a speech five to seven minutes in length on a common theme established by National SkillsUSA early in the school year. Contestants are evaluated on their ability to present thoughts relating to a central theme clearly and effectively, and on voice, mechanics, and platform deportment.

 The Job Interview Competition is divided into three phases: completion of employment applications; preliminary interviews with receptionist; and, in-depth interviews. Contestants are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training.

The Job Skills Demonstration Competition requires contestants to demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training. Competitors in Job Skill A must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.

The Quiz Bowl tests a team of 5 competitors’ ability to quickly respond to questions covering the areas of academic knowledge, professional development and current events. The participants respond to a question by activating a buzzer system.

 The teams receive one point for a correct answer and lose a point for each incorrect answer. The active rounds (preliminary and finals) are 100 questions each.   

Others competing in the Leadership Competitions were; D. J. Mulleneaux a first year student in the Welding Technology program and junior from Bluejacket competed in Job Interview and Job Skills Demonstration, Tyler Bryant a second year student in the Electrical Technology program and senior from Vinita competed in Job Skills Demonstration and Job Interview, Josh Cox a second year student in the Electrical Technology program and senior from Afton competed in Job Interview, Aaron Norman a first year student in the Electrical Technology program from Seneca Missouri competed in Job Skills Demonstration, Dustin Crane a first year student in Electrical Technology program and junior from Quapaw competed in Job Skills Demonstration, Josh Benson a first year student in Electrical Technology program and junior from Wyandotte competed in Job Skills Demonstration, Zach Rendel a first year student in the Welding Technology program and junior from Miami competed in Job Interview, Nick Ritter a second year student in Diesel Technology program and a senior from Wyandotte  competed in Job Interview, Jim Crane a second year student in Diesel Technology and senior from Afton competed in Job Interview, and Corey Rabel a second year student in the Diesel Technology program and senior from Miami competed in Job Interview.