Friday Flash, October 11, 2019



Northern Region Leadership Conference Update

Here are the details:

Dan's basketball skills in 7th grade began a journey of self discovery that taught him about commitment to something bigger than himself. He took a simple challenge in the seventh grade from a successful college basketball coach that changed his life forever.  His innovative presentation, Create the Crossover, boosts self-confidence of students to help them reach their dreams and inspires them to have a greater respect for themselves and for others.

  • You are encouraged to bring as many students as you like since the new format this year allows for expanded participation.  Since we need to finalize the headcount for lunches, please let us know if you are planning to attend ASAP. If you are bringing students with dietary restrictions, please identify them so we can make accommodations.
    Please note that we expect to adjourn after lunch at approximately 12:30 pm.  This schedule should help you as far as busing and getting your students back to your school for the normal dismissal time. Since the deadline for registering for the October 31 Northern Region Leadership Conference was October 10, we are extending the deadline until Tuesday, October 15.   

  • Special note: If your chapter is not in the northern region, and your students could not attend within their regions, you may register them to participate on October 31. Please let me know if you have any questions.


2020 Contest Schedule Update

  • Auto Maintenance & Light Repair - this new national contest was successfully piloted last year at Mercer Tech, and it will be open as a demonstration contest.

  • Auto Service Technology & Auto Maintenance - these contests will move from Mercer Tech to the Mercedes Benz Training Center in Robbinsville, 

  • Chapter Business Procedures - it has been moved to Sussex Tech instead of Mercer Tech.

  • Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl - it has been moved to Sussex Tech instead of Mercer Tech. 

  • Drywall Installation - a new state pilot contest has been proposed by a new industry sponsor. It will be discussed on November 20 at the SkillsUSA Championships Executive Committee meeting.

  • Mechatronics - it was successfully piloted last year at Monmouth Tech/Festo Didactic, and it will be moved to Sussex Tech.

  • Precision Laser Imaging - NJ may be invited to participate in a new national demonstration contest.

  • Restaurant Service - it has been moved to Sussex Tech instead of Mercer Tech.  

  • Welding, Welding Fabrication, Ornamental Iron Design, Welding Sculpture - these contests will be moving to Lincoln Tech in South Plainfield.


NJ Student Wins the 2020 SkillsUSA Week T-Shirt Design Contest

Congratulations to Courtney Hand, the winner of the 2020 SkillsUSA Week t-shirt design contest. She is a student at Cumberland County Technical Education Center, Vineland, N.J. Her advisor is Lauren Hawk.




National Membership Registration Update
The SkillsUSA Membership Registration site now offers a quick way for students to “self-register” for SkillsUSA!  Students can register from their cell phones or computers using a registration code provided by the advisor. The advantages of student self-registration include reducing the number of miss-spelled member names, and it will help to provide accurate demographic information such as gender and birth dates.  In addition, it will save the advisor time as in the past the advisor was responsible for registering each individual student as a member. Please know that the student is not actually registered as a member until the advisor submits the registration. This will help prevent members from being joined if not approved by the advisor/school. The new capability will simply allow the student to add their name to the roster list which will appear in the unsubmitted column as it has in the past.  Call the Hotline for details:  844 875-4557


Contest Update: Esthetics

This year’s theme:  Mythology : a collection of myths or stories about a specific person, culture, legendary heroes or groups with shared beliefs. A myth is a story about the olden days, often featuring supernatural characters.


I Built This Video Contest Opportunity

NCCER and Build Your Future’s I BUILT THIS! video contest gives aspiring craft professionals or their instructors an opportunity to showcase outstanding construction projects. Submissions are accepted from all types of construction and maintenance crafts. The five categories include: Individual Secondary and Postsecondary, Group Secondary and Postsecondary (maximum of five group members) and People's Choice. Deadline is Oct. 31. 

Get details at:!-video-contest?utm_source=eblast


World Series of Innovation Competition Open to Young Entrepreneurs

World Series of Innovation is an online, project-based competition sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Young innovators from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition every fall and compete for cash prizes.

In the competition, small teams of young entrepreneurs (age 13-24) create business solutions that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answer a special challenge posed by an entity from the private sector. Some teams compete independently, some are affiliated with schools or youth development organizations, and some undertake a challenge as a guided classroom project. Educators who are interested in using the World Series of Innovation in the classroom or encouraging student participation as an extracurricular enrichment opportunity can access a robust toolkit that provides additional resources for students and teachers.

Visit now to read more about the winners of the Spring 2019 challenges recently completed.


Act Quickly — Scholarship and Grant Deadline Closing Oct. 15

Through a corporate grant from the Lowe’s Companies Inc., the veterans organization AMVETS offers scholarships and “veteranpreneur” grants to veterans and their spouses. In 2019, the focus of the scholarships will be five specific trade areas and technologies. For more information about scholarships and these grants, click the buttons below or contact Lindsay Bonaparte at or 301-683-4069. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2019.


Students Eligible for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Honor some great young volunteers in your school. Applications are now open for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Now in its 25th year, this program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides an opportunity to celebrate young volunteers throughout your student body and generate positive publicity for your school. It also gives one or more of your students the chance to win state and national awards.  

Here’s how it works:

  • Promote: Ask students who have volunteered over the past year to apply for a 2020 award at or Student application deadline: Nov. 5, 2019. 

  • Select: Then, you can certify top applicants for state-level judging on behalf of your principal. Certification deadline: Nov. 15, 2019. Qualifying certified applicants will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award and will be eligible to earn a $1,000 scholarship or more, a medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., next spring for four days of special recognition events.

  • Celebrate: State-level honorees will be announced in February 2020. In the meantime, your school can recognize top applicants for their volunteer service and hold them up as role models for their peers by presenting them with Prudential Spirit of Community Award certificates.

Your principal should already have received an information packet on the 2020 awards. If you need another packet, or if you need a paper application, please call 888-651-2951. Program details are also available at: and

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