PIQUA — Keaton Pfeiffer, a pre-engineering student at the Upper Valley Career Center, was elected to serve as national officer and Region III Vice President of the High School Division of SkillsUSA.
As a SkillsUSA national officer, Pfeiffer will serve as a student leader, spokesperson and ambassador for the SkillsUSA organization and will participate in national membership and industry tours during the 2016-17 school year. He will speak on behalf of SkillsUSA before students, instructors and representatives of business and industry. He will also represent the national organization at various events.
“Keaton’s passion for hard work and education makes him a great leader for our student members,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “I look forward to working with him this year.”
To run for a national office, SkillsUSA members must be nominated by their school, local training program and state leaders. They must also participate in the Professional Development Program, a curriculum that focuses on professionalism and advancing from school to work. Candidates must also have proven leadership ability. Once they have made it to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, candidates must pass a knowledge test, interview for candidacy and begin the campaign process to more than 389 high school student delegates representing the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is the largest and most diverse showcase of skill training in the nation. More than 6,000 students compete nationally in hands-on skills and leadership events.