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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

Videos and Podcasts
Tori Hammers Sings National Anthem at StatePosted: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM Discuss
We were proud to have Tori represent the Dallas County Technical Center at this years SkillsUSA Opening Ceremony with her rendition of the National Anthem.
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Opening and Closing TeamPosted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM Discuss
Buffalo Students perform at Bison Time
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ParktacularPosted: Monday, October 31, 2011 Discuss
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SkillsUSA Serves Chamber of Commerce at the Timberline
Students from the Dallas County Technical Center recently helped serve Dinner at the Timberline Barn in Buffalo, MO for their Annual Awards Ceremony and Officer elections. Students in Graphic Arts, Kya Olmstead, Taydrianna Napier, Mollie Maddux, Ashley Conrad and Justin Ruble, as well as Welding student Gary Garrett all showed professionalism in their serving and personability skills. A great big thank you to these students in representing the DCTC SkillsUSA Chapter.
State Winners 2016
March 31st thru April 2nd marked the 50th year for SkillsUSA in Missouri. SkillsUSA is the organization, or formerly known as VICA, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. 40 students and 5 advisors from DCTC traveled to Linn, MO to compete at this year’s event located on the campus at Linn State Technical College. Over 2200 students and advisors attended the event in written, Skill, Leadership and Occupational related categories.
Students brought home 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Makayla Smith (Weaubleau) and Julia Hodge (Wheatland) for Out Standing Chapter Book, Gold. Rachelle Sanders (Fair Play) Pin Design, Gold. Mollie Maddiux (Buffalo) Employment Application Process, Gold. These students will continue onto Nations in Kentucky this summer.
Rachelle Sanders (Fair Play) Customer Service, Silver. Shanteal Wicklund (Fair Play) Photography, Silver. Bethany Fife (Hermitage) Professional Development Program, Silver. August Shields (Wheatland) Pin Design, Bronze. Haley Gronniger (Buffalo) Nurse Assisting Tech Info, Bronze.
There were several other solid top 10’s in Welding, Nurse Assisting, Screen Printing, T-Shirt Design, Photography and Courtesy Coups Competition. Overall it was a huge success and the event has inspired several SkillsUSA members who will be returning next year.
As always the staff and advisors at the Dallas County Technical Center admire the hard work and dedication the students put in to their projects and skill competitions. We are looking forward to another rewarding conference next year.
SkillsUSA Variety Show a Success

It is amazing what a small group of people can do. The SkillsUSA students at the Dallas County Technical Center planned and organized events to benefit the Relay for Life Team “Fightin’ for Pink”. The Variety Show took place on Saturday April 20th and although it was competing with many other events in the area the students raised $430.00 in 2 hours. The idea of the show was to have a variety of talents perform throughout the day including singers, dancers, gymnasts, and comedians. We had lots of groups sign up and some could not come at the last minute but we were still able to fill up the two hours. Tori Hammers, Chair of the event and high school senior at Buffalo, sang with Tyler Weeks and her mother Jeannie Hammers. They opened the show with our national anthem and performers from Buffalo Gals entertained the audience with their performance drills. The Dance Sensations students performed three routines including a jazz number from “Chicago”. Kimmie Clemmer stunned the audience with her dance and gymnastic talents and Emily Richards also sang. One of the highlights of the show was when Mr. Clemmer sang and played a song he had written for his daughters some time ago. 

The group also had bracelets and T-shirts for sale that they had designed and printed at the Technical Center in Louisburg, as well as serving hot dogs and drinks to a hungry group. Dr. Turner was there to cook the hot dogs for the event. There are bracelets ($1.00) and T-Shirts ($10.00) left if anyone is interested. The shirts are lavender, which is the color to support all cancers and the bracelets come in a variety of colors as well as lavender for specific types of cancer. The bracelets and T-shirts are both printed with the expression “Be Aware, Show You Care”. Some of the shirts have been signed by Tori and Tyler and are still available through the technical center. The committee’s goal was to raise $1000.00 this year for the team and they are currently at $754.00.

Business Expo 2013
SkillsUSA Students worked again along side the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce to bring together the community and businesses of Dallas County at the Buffalo Prairie Middle School. Kathy Kessler made remarks about how hard the students had worked at that she was very proud of the SkillsUSA group. Mr. Mankey, Mrs. Carter, Mr. McMillan, Mrs. Loges and Mr. Abel also worked our table giving out hats and T-shirts made by the Graphic Arts Students and the Health Sciences Students screened blood pressures for most of the day. Brianna Bradford, Trenity Benson, Raymond Schleuning, Donald Whitney and David Simpson helped with set up and tear down. Maddy Mayfield, Ashton Sandusky, Mellanie Ellis, Caroline Beyer and Jewelle Walls helped with blood pressure.
The Chapter Display from State Competition was set up for viewing by all.
State Winners 2013

April 4-6th marked the dates for the SkillsUSA State Championships in Linn, MO. Students from Dallas County Technical Center took part in contest areas of leadership, technical information, skill and occupational related. This year 40 students attended with 4 advisors and placed in several categories. For Buffalo High School Amanda Labbee placed 2nd in Leadership Essay, Makayla Gillispie placed 2nd in Pin Design, Madeline Mayfield 2nd in CPR/First Aid and Brianna Bradford, Kaila Chastain, Lindsay Halter and Shantel Cobb 3rd place for Entrepreneurship. Wheatland/Weaubleau students, Jalisa Poe took 1st in Professional Development Written and 3rd in T-Shirt Design, Kierston Duffy, Haley Pursley and Jerikah Mooneyham, 3rd in Career pathways. Halfway students, Angel Maxwell and Mallory Yahne placed 1st in Outstanding Chapter Book. Chapter Display placed 2nd and was planned and constructed by students at the Technical Center and presented by Matt Hickman (Halfway), Dustin Maggard (Skyline) and Dewayne Stafford (Humansville).

There were a lot of top tens and Promotional Bulletin Board had its best placing ever and was planned and presented by Kodi Tindle (Halfway), Amy Daniels and Amanda Labbee (Buffalo).

The competitions were very challenging and the students were happy with the results especially since they did not have the opportunity to compete at districts because of the weather issues. A lot of the students are juniors and will get the chance to try again next year
South Central District Competition
Although we were unable to attend the Leadership Contest and Awards ceremony I have the results. If you competed in Skills Area 1st and 2nd place continue on to State. Written and Leadership 1st, 2nd and 3rd continue on to State Competition. Congratulations to you all for your efforts.

Advertising Design  3rd            Jalisa Poe         

First Aid/CPR 1st                  Madeline Mayfield    3rd            Jeffrey Speno

Nurse Assisting  3rd            Melanie Ellis

Screen Printing  1st                  Amber Hamby

Technical Computer Applications  1ST             Chris Gavazzi  3rd            Omar Bennett

Welding  2nd            Tate Lear

Computer Networking Tech Info  2nd            Christopher Gavazzi                       

HVAC Tech Info  1st                  Dallas Strong  2nd            Kerry Novak  3rd            John Bennett                    

Medical Terminology  1st                  Jewelle Walls 

Professional Development Tech Info  1st            Jalisa Poe

Welding Tech Info   2nd            Joshua Adams (post Secondary)    2nd             Tate Leer

CPS Arts, Technology, Communication

1st   Kierston Duffy, Jerikah Mooneyham, Haley Pursley                       

CPS Health

•1st            Amanda Dorman, Emily Owens, Caroline Beyer

Chapter Display

Matt Hickman                       
Dustin Maggard

Leadership Essay

Amanda Labbee
Lindsay Halter

Outstanding Chapter 3rd             Mallory Yahne
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2nd            Makayla Gillispie  3rd            Taylor Belcher


2nd            Haley Childress   3rd            Angel Maxwell




Career Week at DCTC
Monday- Get out of bed and get a job... - Wear your Pajamas
Tuesday - Your late... Mis-match day
Wednesday - What do you want to be when you grow up?... Dress Professional for you Career Path
Officers will be going to Jefferson City for Legislative Day.
Thursday - Skills Day - Wear your Red Member Shirt and get Free Ice cream... All other $1.00...
Screen Printing Contest in Lebanon... Good Luck all!

Winning State Pin Entry
For the third year in a row Dallas County Technical Center has submitted the Missouri SkillsUSA winning state trading pin. We would like to congratulate Sarah Wilkes of Fair Play on her success. This is a great honor as this pin is not only worn by all State members and Advisers but it is traded at National Conference. Sets of these state pins can sell in excess of $250.00 to collectors.
Alivia Felin Wins Pin Design
This year Alivia Felin will be presenting her Trading Pin Design at National competition. Alivia has had good reviews throughout the process and has been provided good feedback in her performance at all levels. She feels very confident for her contest this summer. Pictured is a copy of the winning design.
SkillsUSA Students Succeed at State

March 29th -30th, thirty-two SkillsUSA students from Dallas County Technical Center and four advisors traveled to Linn, Mo to compete for a spot in the National Championships in Kansas City. Although three places are awarded in each category only a first place win will secure a spot in the competition.  This year, Rachel Loges of Mr. Brandon Mankey’s Health Sciences class placed first in CPR and First Aid. Rachel is a first year student who plans to attend college at the Missouri University (Mizzou) after graduation in 2013 to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Alivia Felin of Mrs. Loges’ Graphic Arts Class placed first in the Trading Pin competition. Alivia is a second year design student who is also interested in Photography and plans to attend art school in the future. Other first place winners, Haley Childress, Sarah Ryan and Amber Hamby with the Outstanding Chapter Book, are first year Graphic Arts students and were able to complete the book with the help and guidance of second year students Chelsi Woody and Alivia Felin.  The book is a compilation of all activities completed by officers and members of the chapter. There are 10 categories as well as a treasurer’s book and secretaries book that are reviewed by judges. The students participated in a grueling interview after presenting their book to judges.  The students will continue to work on the book to prepare for nationals in the summer.Amber Hamby of Humansville, placed second in Screen Printing and plans to compete again next year. Amber is a first year student of Graphic Arts and shows a lot of ambition in her chosen career path. Chelsi Woody of Fair Play placed second in Photography competition. Chelsi plans to graduate in May and continue her education and plans to become a photographer and graphic designer.
At the Opening Ceremony on Thursday the 29th the school was presented with awards for, Gold Chapter, 100% Participation and Alivia Felin, Anthony Sturgeon and Jalisa Poe were presented plaques for their T-Shirt and Trading Pin designs. Mrs. Dorothy Loges was presented with a plaque for Senior District Advisor and Mr. Evan Wingo received a $100.00 Lowes Gift Card.  The school was also honored to have local talent Tori Hammers of the Graphic Arts class sing the National Anthem. Tori competed against students across the state by sending in a recording of her voice to the state judges at Linn State Technical School. The Staff and Administration would like to congratulate all students that competed at state and wish all those going on to Nationals the very best. We also thank all the sending schools for their continued support in the success of the students that attend Dallas County Technical Center.
Back Row: Amanda Labbee, Matt Hood, Josey Dill, Shea Estep, Kaitlyn Carlisle. 3rd Row: Caleb Ryan, Heather Deckard, Jonathon Seebaugh, Angel Maxwell, Dallas Strong, Sarah Ryan, Jacki Perkins, Elizabeth Carter, Haley Childress, Robbie Gustin. 2nd Row: Alivia Felin, Jalisa Poe, Anthony Sturgeon, Austin Gosney, Lindsey Watkins, Chelsea Wedge, Emily Carter, Advisor, Dorothy Loges. Front Row: Advisor Christine Carter, Ashley Ward, Rachel Loges, Chelsi Woody, Amber Hamby, Stephanie Claunch, Tori Hammers, Jessenia Quintero and Shelby Owens.Not Pictured, Maddy Mayfield and Jared Kite.

Tori Hammers Wins!
Tori Hammers has won the opportunity to sing at the Opening Ceremony for State SkillsUSA Competitions. It took some time to get the entries in but it was worth it in the end. Anthony Sturgeon also competed.
Dallas County Alumni Banquet
SkillsUSA students, Abby Skinner, Rachel Loges, Matt Hood, Donald Whitney, Angel Maxwell, Mercedes Rodriguez, Sierra Franklin and Mrs. Loges recently helped to serve food to the Dallas County Alumni at their annual dinner. Students really enjoyed helping with service and cleaning up afterward, some even commented that they would enjoy this type of employment.
2012 South Central District SkillsUSA

Dallas County Technical Center hosted the SkillsUSA district competitions this year and as Senior District are proud to announce that all activities and events were successful. Students competed in Written areas from February 1st through the 7th, followed up with Occupationally Related and Skills areas on the 9th. Thursday the 23rd marked the day for all leadership competitions as well as the awards ceremony at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon. DCTC brought home a combined 30 medals and 2 trophies and we are very excited to feature this years trading pin design by Alivia Felin of Buffalo. All students and advisors in the state of Missouri will wear this pin and Alivia may also have the opportunity to compete at national level.


The results are as follows:


Welding Tech Info. – Jared Kite 1st, Half Way

Welding Tech Info. – Austin Gosney 2nd, Half Way

Computer Networking Tech Info. – Matt Hood 1st, Buffalo

HVAC Tech Info. – Robby Gustin 1st, Buffalo

HVAC Tech Info. – Dallas Strong 2nd, Half Way

Nurse Assisting Tech Info. - Rachel Loges 2nd, Buffalo



Customer Service – Angel Maxwell 2nd, Half Way

Screen Printing – Amber Hamby 2nd, Humansville

Screen Printing – Jaclyn Perkins 3rd, Skyline

First Aid/CPR – Rachel Loges 1st, Buffalo

First Aid/CPR – Madeline Mayfield 2nd, Buffalo

Collision Repair Technology – Caleb Ryan 1st, Humansville

Welding – Jared Kite 1st, Half Way

Welding– Austin Gosney 2nd, Half Way

Technical Computer Applications – Chris Gavazzi 3rd, Skyline

Health Knowledge Bowl – 3rd, Elizabeth Carter, Heather Deckard, Melanie Ellis, Stephanie Rogers


Occupationally Related

Professional Development Tech Info. – Haley Childress 1st, Skyline

Professional Development Tech Info. – Angel Maxwell 1st, Half Way

Professional Development Tech Info. – Lindsey Watkins 2nd, Humansville

Professional Development Tech Info. – Jalisa Poe 3rd, Weaubleau

Technical Spelling – Jaclyn Perkins 3rd, Skyline



Extemporaneous Speaking – Jonathon Seebaugh 3rd, Buffalo

Prepared Speech – Elizabeth Carter 2nd, Skyline

Job Interview – Ashley Ward 3rd, Half Way

Promotional Bulletin Board - Chelsea Wedge, Lindsey Watkins 3rd, Humansville

T-Shirt Design – Jalisa Poe 2nd, Weaubleau

T-Shirt Design – Stephanie Claunch 3rd, Wheatland

Pin Design – Alivia Felin 1st, Buffalo

Pin Design – Emily Carter 3rd, Humansville

Opening and Closing Team – 2nd Place, Matt Hood, Shelby Owens, Rachel Loges, Madeline Mayfield (Buffalo) - Kaitlyn Carlisle, Jessenia Quintero (Skyline) - Chelsi Woody (Fair Play

Most of these students will continue on to compete at State Competition in March at Linn Tech. Other Straight to State contests include:

Outstanding Chapter Book – Amber Hamby, Sarah Ryan and Haley Childress

Photography – Anthony Sturgeon and Chelsi Woody

Vinyl Sign Making – Josey Dill, Stephanie Claunch and Shelby Owens

DCTC Hosts SkillsUSA Competitions
This year the Dallas County Technical Center was proud to host the SkillsUSA District Championships. Students from all over the South Central District came to DCTC on February 9th to compete in the skills areas. Most of the competitions were help on campus with Carpentry and Technical Computer Applications in Buffalo. Mrs. Hicks and Brenda Nilsson helped organize the food service for students and advisors while Dan Dryer, our head cook that day, provided judges and advisors with hamburgers and all the fixings'. Students were provided a sack lunch, socializing and a movie in the lower building as they completed their competitions.
Officers and representatives that did not have a competition were asked to help in each of the areas and at check in to ensure that all went well.
This opportunity will come back around in 6 years and we hope to see everyone again.

SkillsUSA Loves You!
This year for Valentine's Day the officers planned to make candy boxes in the Graphic Arts room and fill them with candy. Due to the snow days on the 13th and 14th only a few officers got to make the candy boxes and fill them. All the officers got the opportunity to pass them out to the 220 SkillsUSA members and Advisors her at the Technical Center. Thank you all for continuing to support SkillsUSA.
SkillsUSA Expo
Each year the Dallas County Technical Center invites all the sophomores over from the sending schools where they go from class to class and meet the instructors to see which programs they are most interested in attending. The SkillsUSA officers and members help to organize and participate in the event by escorting the sophomores through the building and showing off the skills they have learned in the classroom. Counselor Lori Hicks works with all the sending school counselors to make sure the event goes as planned.
The sophomores are also provided a snack and the opportunity to speak with the Instructors at the end of the tour to ask more questions. We would like to thank the Sophomores for a wonderful day and hope to see them gain real soon.
Blood Drive
SkillsUSA sponsored it's annual Blood Drive at the school where 58 pints were dcollected. Cameron Morales was able to complete the double red donation. The school had record donations and not all the students were able to give. Thank you to everyone that organized and set up from Health Sciences. And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to those who donated.
YMCA Chili Cook Off

Recently the Dallas County YMCA sponsored a Chili Cook-off and fund-raiser auction to benefit the families in the Dallas County area. SkillsUSA members at the Dallas County Career Center were honored to help in the efforts of the YMCA by serving chili for one of the contestants. Jeff Loges made a hot and spicy recipe that was enjoyed by those who likes it hot. Rachel Loges, Cameron Morales, and SkillsUSA Alumnist Erica Stevens from Buffalo came to work the event. Dorothy Loges, SkillsUSA Advisor for the group helped to supervise students Mrs. Loges stated, “It’s good to get the students out in the community, especially to support their own community. Many of the students do not get the opportunity to participate in events like this and as educators and advisors we need to open the doors to as many opportunities as we can.”

Christmas Parade
SkillsUSA students from the Technical Center designed a float based on the theme "Patriotic Christmas". Making glitter covered ornaments, candies and a snowman suit they put a lot of work into the planning and completion. The welding class designed and constructed a 10 foot metal christmas tree for the float. Thirty students came to help support the float by dressing up as christmas presents, elves and dance in the street by the square. Students organized a "flash mob" to entertain the crowd. The float placed 2nd in non-commercial and the students were very proud of their hard work.
Statesman Award Challenge
Dallas County Technical Center students recently completed the statesman award challenge where they learned about many different aspects of SkillsUSA. Most importantly the Emblem and the Pledge. Each year we take the time to have to officers and members complete a rotation schedule through the building so that they can meet the other teachers and get to know more about SkillsUSA. After completing this activity the students have not only become more aware of the aspects of SkillsUSA but they earn the privilege of attending the local /district Fall Leadership Program.
Leadership Event
The 2nd Annual Fall Leadership Meeting took place on Monday, November 21st. Activities3s were planned and coordinated by SkillsUSA Officers and "B" Gilbert from the National and State SkillsUSA headquarters in Kansas City spoke to the students about what they will do with the next 24 hours. He also spoke to them about participation and leadership. The students also enjoyed lunch and social time with other students from sending schools. Activities for minute-to-win-it challenges included, Cookie stacking, Cookie face, Ping pong boogie, Emblem Challenge, Horse, Ladder Golf, Relay Race, Dodge Ball, and Human knot. All students were eligible to participate after completing the Statesman Award Challenge.
Veteran's Day Parade Success
Fourteen students, two veteran's and two advisors braved the cool temperatures to show their respect to the Veteran's of our local community. After a lot of great planning and hard work the float placed first in the non-commercial category.
A great bug thank you to the planning committee as the judges mentioned that they met the theme, Freedom is Never Free, requirements to the letter. With the construction of the twin towers, and a flag with the names of those who passed. A bell to represent the liberty bell to signify our country's fight for freedom. And live music by Tori Hammers, singing Where Were You, November 8th, and America the Beautiful as well as a song she wrote to honor the vets.
You should all be proud!
Constitution Day
Late Update:
September 17th the Dallas County Technical Center SkillsUSA Chapter celebrated Constitution Day by setting up a bulletin board in the cafeteria and marking it as a day to remember. Anthony Sturgeon of Wheatland had completed a 911 remembrance poster and allowed it to be displayed on the board. A copy of the constitution also appeared for the students to review.
October 29th SkillsUSA students worked the Annual Parktacular event sponsored by the Kiwanas of Buffalo. Many students showed up to setup and work the booth. Everyone had a lot of fun. It was estimated that over 1500 visitors came to the park on Saturday night to show off their costumes and get some yummy treats.
Open House & Chili Supper Big Success

The Annual Open House and Chili Supper at the Dallas County Technical Center in Louisburg once again deemed a success. With over 250 visitors to the building the staff and faculty would like to thank everyone for supporting the school.

SkillsUSA officers were on hand to serve chili and give tours if necessary.  Everything was made possible through donations from students in each class and of course Mrs. Hick’s secret chili recipe.

SkillsUSA Fall Leadership 2011

September 29th through October 1st, thirteen students from the Dallas County Technical School and three Advisors participated in the annual Fall Leadership Conference in Jefferson City with over 250 other students and advisors from across the state. Officers spent nearly 26 hours in sessions learning how to effectively run a SkillsUSA chapter. Upon arrival the students were split into color chapters where they participate in team building exercises with the state officers, elect chapter officers, set up committees, plan events and compete in various leadership activities.  Students also took part in a talent show on Friday evening where Buffalo student, Justin Gray, brought the group to their feet with his rendition of “The American Way” by Toby Keith.
Dallas County students were very successful in competitions with Building Trades student, Justin Gray placing first in Job Skill Demo, Health Sciences student, Melanie Ellis placing first in Chapter Newsletter and Graphic Arts student, Chelsi Woody and her team placed first in Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Health Sciences student, Mercedes Rodriguez placed third in Secretaries Book and Graphic Arts student, Alivia Felin fourth in Promotional Bulletin Board.
Advisors, Dorothy Loges, Brandon Mankey and Evan Wingo chaperoned the group and participated in activities as well.  White Chapter lead by DCTC Instructor, Dorothy Loges and Renee Riley of Carthage Technical Center, won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the event. Students, Adam Engle of Skyline and Mercedes Rodriguez were two of the 25 students in White Chapter.
Fall Leadership has become an annual event for the Technical Center and students return ready to take on the year’s program of work with a better understanding or how to organize and plan successful events. This year all but one of the officers was able to attend which should provide valuable insight for this year’s DCTC SkillsUSA Chapter.



Back row: Amber Hamby - Humansville, Monica Phillips - Buffalo, Justin Gray - Buffalo, Luke Stromburg - Buffalo, Chelsi Woody – Fair Play, Melanie Ellis - Wheatland, Adam Engle - Skyline.

Front row: Kaitlyn Carlisle, Mercedes Rodriguez, Micayla Pickens, Amber Logan, Rachel Loges and Alivia Felin - all from Buffalo.


SkillsUSA Social
Students at the Technical Center participated in their first social of the year. This is an opportunity for the students to meet new people and talk with instructors in a setting other than the classroom.
Mrs. Loges challenged each students to meet three new people that day... Most of the students reported that they took the challenge to a different level and tried to meet as many people as they could.
SkillsUSA Officer Installation
Past President Sarah Fulton came to the Technical Center to install the new officers into their positions. After completing the Emblem Ceremony and watching a short SkillsUSA video the gavel was passed to the new AM president and PM presidents Kaitlyn Carlisle and Amber Logan.

President- Kaitlyn Carlisle - HS
VP - Jessenia Quenterio - HS
Secretary - Chelsi Woody - GA
Treasurer - Amber Hamby - GA
Reporter - Adam Engle - WT
Parliamentarian - Rachel Loges - HS
Historian - Justin Gray - BT

President- Amber Logan - HS
VP - Monica Phillips - HS
Secretary - Micayla Pickens - HS
Treasurer - Luke Stromburg - AT
Reporter - Melanie Ellis - HS
Parliamentarian -Mercedes Rodriguez - HS
Historian - Alivia Felin - GA

Officers will attend training at Jefferson City September 29th through October 1st.
SkillsUSA Membership Drive
On Friday, September 9, 2011 Dallas County Technical Center students participated in a SkillsUSA Recruitment Expo. 

Students were provided with BBQ hotdogs and home fries while soda and chips were for sale (Donations go toward defraying SkillsUSA activity costs).

Students participated in a variety of activities including ring toss, basketball, and ping-pong while developing leadership skills through professional networking.
St. Judes Hospital Fund Raiser
April 8th SkillsUSA members and faculty took part in a fund raising activity to benefit the children of St. Judes Hospital. Tickets were sold for activities, including a water ballon toss and "pie-n-the-face". MOre than 400.00 was raised that day.
SkillsUSA Picnic
Students and faculty will participate in an all school function on May 3rd. Images to come!
Awards Ceremony
Awards Ceremony will take place at 7 pm on Thursday Aptil 28th and the Shewmaker Center in Buffalo, MO located in front of teh HIgh School.
SkillsUSA works with Chamber of Commerce
April 9th marked the 2nd Annual Business and Tech Expo in Buffalo, Missouri. SkillsUSA members, Baylor Ethridge, Kaylob Morgan, Alex Steele, Sarah Fulton, Zachary McReynolds, Clinton Horne, Anthony Newboles, Steve Wright, Luke Stromburg, and Terry Lindsay helped set up and work the event. Alumnist, Erica Stevens spoke to attendees about SkillsUSA and its benefits to the students. They also raffled off a jar of M&M's raising $140.00 to help support the students attending National Convention. Dr. Paul Light was also in attendance and brought materials from SkillsUSA to give out at the table. Instructors, David Mizer, Dorothy Loges and Kenny McDaniel worked the booth with support from Mr. Abel.
SkillsUSA Students GO for GOLD!

Going on to Nationals this year will be; Chapter Display, Zachary McReyolds, Joey Spier, and Trey Sparks all of Buffalo. Outstanding Chapter Book, Chellaney Loges of Buffalo, Chelsi Woody of Fair Play and Cassie Niedel of Hermitage. Photography, Chellaney Loges of Buffalo and Pin Design, Chellaney Loges and Anthony Newboles also from Buffalo. Students placing in more than one category must choose the area in which to compete at Nationals. Chellaney Loges has chosen to compete in Photography but will continue to help her team mates prepare in the other areas. Students are hoping to have the opportunity to show their work to the public at the Business Expo this Saturday.

Placing in the top 10 at state this year from Graphic Arts class were Toby Tweedy, Wheatland, in Screen Printing, (8th) Kaylob Morgan, Buffalo, in Photography (10th), Chellaney Loges, Buffalo, Professional Development (2nd) and Amy Jarman, Humansville, in Professional Development (4th) and teammates Justin Harris, Skyline, Amy Jarman, Humansville and Anthony Newboles, Buffalo, (6th) in Vinyl Sign Making. From HVAC/R class, Zane Garlett, Weaubleau, HVAC/R Tech Info (4th). The Welding class had, Tyler Ulrich, Humansville, Welding (9th), Ryan Tenedine, Weaubleau, (2nd) and Mark Roberts, Buffalo (3rd) for Welding Tech Info and Miguel Keller, Aaron Cross and Nathan Hoelscher, all from Humansville, Welding Fabrication Team (3rd).

Students, Baylor Ethridge of Skyline, Trey Sparks, Joey Spier and Kaylob Morgan all of Buffalo, represented Dallas County as delegates at the conference where they took part in elections of next years State SkillsUSA Officers.

Bison Spotlight
Students from the Career Center that competed in Opening and Closing Team at District Competition gave a demonstration of what is required for this competition. Students were all from the Buffalo High School. Rachel Nelson - Parliamentarian, Mercedes Figuero - Reporter, Veronica Bentz - Treasurer, Kaylob Morgan - President, Matt Hood - Secretary, Josey Dill - Vice President, and Alivia Felin - Historian.
SkillsUSA District Winners

SkillsUSA District Competitions Complete
Although the snow days put some of the districts behind, SkillsUSA’s South Central district was able to complete all contests and activities on time. Students at the Dallas County Career Center did well considering the shortage of preparation time.  Students placing in the top three for Written, Occupationally related and Leadership Contests will go on the State in Linn, MO and students placing tin the top two for Skills will also compete. A complete list of students, their placing and their competitions follows. Some competitions are straight to state (STS) which means the students have not competed at this time in that area. The faculty and staff at the Dallas County Career Center would like to congratulate all of these students

Chapter Display- 3rd                     Outstanding Chapter- 1st
Zach McReynolds - Buffalo             Chellaney Loges – Buffalo
Trey Sparks - Buffalo                       Cassie Neidel – Hermitage
Joey Spiers – Buffalo                       Chelsi Woody – Fair Play

Photography - STS                        Vinyl Sign Making - STS
Chellaney Loges – Buffalo              Amy Jarman – Humansville
Kaylob Morgan – Buffalo               Justin Harris – Skyline
Chelsi Woody – Fair Play               Anthony Newboles – Buffalo

Welding – 1st                                 Screen Printing – 2nd
Tyler Ulrich – Humansville             Toby Tweedy – Wheatland

Welding Tech. Info                         Professional Development
1st - Mark Roberts – Buffalo            2nd - Chellaney Loges – Buffalo
3rd - Ryan Tenedine - Weaubleau     2nd  - Amy Jarman –Humansville

HVAC Tech. Info                             Pin Design -1st
1 - Zane Garlett – Weaubleau           Chellaney Loges – Buffalo
2 - Eric Dampier – Weaubleau         Anthony Newboles – Buffalo

Carpentry Tech . Info – 1st            Automotive Refinishing – 2nd
Baylor Ethridge – Skyline                Tyler Cornforth – Hermitage

Welding Fabrication - STS             HVAC – 2nd
Aaron Cross – Humansville              Zane Garlett – Weaubleau
Miguel Keller - Humansville
Nathan Hoelscher - Humansville


SkillsUSA hosts Community Blooddrive
January 28th marked the annual blood drive event sponsored by SkillsUSA. Students in the Health Occupations class organize the event. Each year they show videos and talk with students about the importance of giving blood. This year they allowed 16 year-olds to give blood with permission from their parents. Please look for dates next year so that you can help to continue making this a successful event.
Missouri State T-Shirt and Pin Design Competition
Anthony Newboles and Chellaney Loges, students in the Graphic Arts program, have placed 1st in the State for their pin design. This pin will be worn by all competitors and Advisors at the 2011 SkillsUSA Championships in Linn, Missouri. The pins are also given to students going on to Nationals to trade with other states competitors. This tradition of pin trading has become very popular among all participants. Each year students can collect over 50 different pins and these have been known to sell to bidders as high as $300.00. This competition is open to all SkillsUSA members.
YMCA Chili Cook-off

Recently the Dallas County YMCA sponsored a Chili Cook-off and fund-raiser auction to benefit the families in the Dallas County area. SkillsUSA members at the Dallas County Career Center were honored to help in the efforts of the YMCA by serving chili for one of the contestants. Jeff Loges (Señior Pedro) made a hot and spicy recipe that was enjoyed by those who like it hot. The students in the Graphics class made “Vote For Pedro” T-Shirts to help rally support. Buffalo student Alex Steele commented that, “it was a lot of fun working with Jeff and the YMCA and that although the chili didn’t win first prize, in her opinion, it was the best chili”. Rachel Loges, Zach McReynolds, Joey Spier, Skyler Mills and Kaylob Morgan also from Buffalo, showed their support by wearing T-Shirts, as well as helping to set up and serve. Dorothy Loges, SkillsUSA Advisor for the group helped to supervise students and worked with the face-painting booth for the fund-raiser. Her specialty included an original chili pepper graphic and “Vote For Pedro” on the cheek. Mrs. Loges stated, “It’s good to get the students out in the community, especially to support their own community. Many of the students do not get the opportunity to participate in events like this and as educators and advisors we need to open the doors to as many opportunities as we can.”

Discussion Topics
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 Courtesy Corps Information
Paperwork that you will need to attend Courtesy Corps
 How to interpret the Theme.docx
To assist students in the interpretation of the SklillsUSA theme
 pledge card.pdf
SkillsUSA pledge
 SkillsUSA resume'.doc
This is a simplified format for you to use to get your resume ready for State and complete for the PDP through your class.
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