|Allied Health SkillsUSA Projects |
Auburn Students have American Spirit
CONCORD TWP. – As students from Auburn Career Center are anxiously preparing to for the upcoming SkillsUSA state competition in Columbus, their projects are bringing awareness to important issues.
Auburn’s allied health students are seeing the impact their efforts are making through their SkillsUSA projects.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions are held annually and include numerous contests. The contests are judged by volunteers including industry representatives and community leaders.
Auburn’s Tori Babcock (Riverside), Lizbeth Chavez (Harvey) and Breana Noble (Cardinal) are advancing to the SkillsUSA state competition mid-April for their work in the American Spirit contest. This is a notebook contest documenting SkillsUSA chapters’ community service, patriotism and citizenship, and promotion of career and technical education projects that demonstrate a belief in the American way of life and the purposes of SkillsUSA.
“Our contest was American spirit. We got to pick what we wanted to do. Being in allied health, a medical class, and having family members in the military, it made us aware of the importance of veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” said Babcock. “Not many people are aware of what it is, what it’s like living with it and how it’s treated.”
For their project, the team went to the various classes throughout the school and explained what PTSD is and asked the students to make cards for veterans. They collected approximately 80 cards that they will take to the Veterans Affairs (VA) in Painesville
“We can thank them for their service and give them the cards,” said Babcock.
“We’ve researched PTSD, but by dropping off the cards, I will get to speak with the veterans and learn what they went through themselves; their firsthand experience. I’m going to keep an open mind because I don’t know what they went through,” said Noble.
Chavez said, “I think this is a good experience. I don’t have anyone in my family that has been in the military. This is a good experience to be able to speak with the veterans and thank them.”
In addition to the American Spirit team, allied health students Angela Gunter, Megan Birovsek and Emily Stubler (all of Riverside) are bringing awareness to another important cause through their SkillsUSA community service project, Coins for Cats. They collected loose change from students and were able to make a donation to Marley’s Cat Tales.
“Our goal is to touch many hearts with our Coins for Cats fundraiser. We are sponsoring Marley’s Cat Tales foundation. They provide a safe haven in North Carolina for cats suffering from feline leukemia,” said the students. “The virus has impacted our lives so we wanted to reach out and make our community aware of how dangerous it can be. We also hope to help Marley’s Cat Tales with our one hundred and thirty dollar donation collected from students at our school.”
Numerous Auburn students will be competing in the SkillsUSA state competition in Columbus April 14.
“My whole family is coming to watch. I’m excited. I was hoping that we would make it to the state level,” said Noble.
“I’m so excited. I get to travel with my friends. It will be a great time, and we get to do something for a great cause,” said Chavez.