BLOOMINGDALE — Two juniors at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are learning the ropes of leadership during the 2021 SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute.
Samantha Price and Ashley White, students in the criminal justice and auto collision technology programs, respectively, were selected this fall to serve as regional officers for SkillsUSA Ohio. They were elected during the annual Fall Leadership Conference which was held virtually in light of COVID-19 and underwent online leadership training.
The virtual leadership conference included Zoom meetings from 8 a.m. to noon through a link in their Chromebooks and topics included ways to recruit sophomores and inspire them to join SkillsUSA.
They joined roughly 40 representatives from around the state for events such as “Getting to Know You” activities; a virtual escape room (by region); SkillsUSA Officer Basics; advocacy training; and the official ROTI Statesman Award presentation, among others. Typically, officers would travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in sessions, meet legislative officials and tour Washington’s landmarks and museums.
Price, the daughter of Jaime and Shawn Price of Wintersville and a student at Indian Creek High School, said she was excited to be named as officer and looks forward to using what she’s learned for her role.
“I thought it was a good challenge and a way to improve myself and step outside of my comfort zone,” she commented. “It’s an amazing honor to be selected and I was ecstatic.”
She also hopes to use the online sessions as a way to enhance her abilities in school and in life.
“I want to learn ways to improve myself at SkillsUSA, at school and just becoming a great leader in general and pushing everyone to do better.”
She hopes to one day attend college and pursue a degree in forensic psychology and said her leadership skills are a benefit. Price encouraged others to join SkillsUSA by taking that first step.
“Do it. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it at the end of the day.”
White, the daughter of Christina and Rick White of Mingo Junction and another ICHS attendee, said she wanted to improve herself and being elected a regional officer will help hone those skills.
“I just wanted to better myself and keep pushing towards an actual goal,” she said. “I’m excited, especially to know what’s in store.”
White plans to pursue a degree in business and eventually turn the knowledge she’s gaining at JVS into her own auto body shop.
“I love learning about cars and I like to design my own stuff,” she added. “When I got older, I wanted to learn how to design cars.”