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Friday Flash May 3, 2024

Louisiana NLSC Updates

If you have a gold metal winner that does not plan to attend please contact Mr. Boudreaux ASAP.

The deadline to register is next Friday May 10 and if payment is not received in the State Office on or before May 14 any unpaid registrations will be canceled.

  • For anyone that will join us for Dinner Monday night they will need to register with the school getting a  State Delegation Pass paying the $250. (Advisors or families are welcome). On May 21 Nationals will open ticketing to the public with different options, 1) NLSC Pass $195 everything minus the state dinner, 2) Thursday only Floor pass $35. 

*The only way to get access to the Opening and Closing session is with a state delegation pass or NLSC pass. 

  • Competitors should check and keep up with the checklist at the following link,

  • Competitors should also check their emails for a testing credentials that will be emailed directly about May 21.

Share Your SkillsUSA Signing Day with the Nation

SkillsUSA National Signing Day (NSD) is May 7, a day of national celebration for our future skilled professionals and the skills that have been, are and always will be essential. On NSD, thousands of SkillsUSA students in chapters across the country will be celebrated as they sign letters of intent to pursue a career in the skilled trades. This year’s NSD has more than doubled last year’s numbers, with more than 3,000 registered students! We are asking all states and local chapters to share their National Signing Day photos, videos and stories so we can highlight your events on our news and social media channels. Watch for coverage on the SkillsUSA website, e-newsletters and on social media. If you post on social media, use the hashtag #SkillsUSANationalSigningDay and #TradesStars. SkillsUSA National Signing Day is sponsored by the Lowe’s Foundation, State Farm and Constellation Energy. Learn more at


Spotlight Your Community During SkillsUSA National Week of Service

SkillsUSA invites chapters to conduct and promote a local community service project during the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, May 5-11. This event commemorates the founding of SkillsUSA on May 8, 1965. Connect with SkillsUSA via social media by posting photos of your activities online. Chapter advisors or officers can also provide a brief description of local chapter events using this form. In return, we’ll send a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15 to say thanks (while supplies last). We encourage chapters to publicize their projects locally. To locate contact information for your local newspapers, use our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. On the site, click on “Media,” enter your ZIP code, and choose up to six outlets at a time. Then, click on “Send a Message.” At “Compose Your Own Message,” fill in your contact information and your message and click send. To see the full contact information for each outlet, click on the name of the newspaper.


EXTENSION: Skills Jam Casting Call Submissions!

The 2023 Skills Jam cast and docu-series were amazing! Now, we’re ready to do it again, bigger and even better, with Skills Jam 2024! Skills Jam needs your help to find the best stories around the country, regardless of if your students are on the road to NLSC or not. Skills Jam is now offering two grants of $2,500 each to two randomly selected chapters. Even if your students aren’t cast, just entering your program gives you the chance to win the grant. Find the details in the Skills Jam Casting Overview and the student flyer and presentation slide. If you missed the 2023 docu-series, you can still catch last season’s Skills Jam episodes on YouTube. The tide is turning when it comes to the perception of skilled trades across the nation. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build that momentum for your program and your students! For questions, contact


2024 EPA Water Contest

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again sponsoring a 2024 EPA Water Contest/Youth Engaged 4 Change contest about the importance of water in our lives from student voices. To enter, students choose a question path and explain either “why is water important in your community?” or “why would you consider a career in water?” The top three will receive a $100 gift card prize. The deadline for submissions is May 12.


End-of-Year Chapter Celebration Ideas

The end of the school year provides the perfect occasion to celebrate and reflect on the growth that has taken place over the year. Celebrating gives students a strong sense of individual and team accomplishment and builds enthusiasm to continue the great work next year. Here are a few ideas for your celebration.

·         Host a banquet for the chapter, as well as friends and family. Recognize student members their leadership roles, demonstrated teamwork, and completed projects.

·         Hold an appreciation circle. Individually, each student takes the chair at the “head” of the circle, and everyone recognizes that person for their contributions to the chapter or specific projects.

·         Plan a fun activity at a local bowling alley, miniature golf course or park.

·         Post photos and names of students on a bulletin board in the classroom or around campus.      

·         Put recognition in the school newsletter, website or on social media.

·         Recognize students at a school assembly, faculty meeting or school board meeting.

·         Place a jar and note cards in the classroom where students can write notes of appreciation to each other for peer recognition.


SkillsUSA Scholarship Application Deadlines Coming Soon

Exploring and applying for SkillsUSA scholarships is an easy process. SkillsUSA student members can review eligibility criteria, scholarship amounts and applications in one location: SkillsUSA Scholarship Application Hub. Please encourage your SkillsUSA students to take advantage of these incredible scholarships! 


Scholarship closes May 6: 2024 Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship for Leverage Conference


NLSC travel scholarship closing on May 22: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools (applicants can receive up to $1,500 to attend the 2024 National Leadership & Skills Conference)


Closing May 31: The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship


To learn more about these scholarships and how to submit a quality application, visit the SkillsUSA Scholarships and Grants webpage. If you have questions, contact Jordan Sewell.


Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Winner

SkillsUSA offers one annual merit-based $1,500 scholarship to a state officer for college/postsecondary education in memory of Marsha Daves, a former SkillsUSA state and national leader. The scholarship honors Marsha’s legacy by recognizing how student leaders are empowered by the skills they have gained through SkillsUSA, and how the skills they develop help them become better team members, leaders, employees, and community members. This year’s winner is Sylvia Dobbe, The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, Chapin, S.C.


2024 WorldSkills USA Team Prepares to Compete

The WorldSkills USA Team has now been finalized to represent the United States at the 2024 WorldSkills Competition, Sept. 10-15, 2024 in Lyon, France. For the latest on the team, check out the WorldSkills microsite. The team members, their trade areas and their technical experts are:


·         Automobile Technology: Nathan Bulthuis, Ill. (Expert: Mike Elder)

·         Car Painting: Lily Williams, Ark. (Expert: Jamie Redd)

·         CNC Milling: Kaden Stanczyk, Wis. (Expert: Alden “JR” Colvin)

·         Cooking: Novirah Lone, Mich. (Expert: Greg Beachey)

·         Heavy Vehicle: Cale Mouser, Kan. (Expert: Tom Wozniak)

·         Mechatronics: Gabriel Eady and Derek Summers, Tenn. (Expert: Josh Whittington)

·         Plumbing and Heating: Brady Kroll, Minn. (Expert: Bob Hahn)

·         Welding: Wyatt Hansen, Utah (Expert: Ray Connolly)


The SkillsUSA Store – Chapter Champion Rockers

Take competition pins to a whole new level by adding a Chapter Champion Rocker. Rockers signify that the wearer has earned a bronze, silver or gold medal at the local level, and this is a great way to personalize any competition pin. Shop the Chapter Champion Rocker and personalize your Competition Pins today!

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