Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer. We were busy moving in July to a new office on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. We are now all settled in and ready for the new school year. Lots to report on this month so here it is. SkillsUSA Michigan Mailing Address Even though we moved, our USPS mailing address is still the same. Please also make sure your school business office has the correct mailing address for SkillsUSA Michigan. We are in Ypsilanti, not Big Rapids. The USPS mailing address is: SkillsUSA Michigan Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197 The UPS/FedEx address has changed. If you are NOT using USPS, the address is: SkillsUSA Michigan 208 King Hall Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197 2008-2009 Membership Kits All advisors with members last year should have received the 2008-2009 membership kit in the mail by now. If you did not receive a membership kit, please let me know and I will have one sent to you. 2008-2009 Membership Dues The 2008-2009 membership dues are: Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state) Professional: $20.00 = $14.00 (national) and $6.00 (state) 2008-2009 Membership Registration Deadlines November 15, 2008 is the deadline for your initial membership registration to be submitted to the National Office to be able to receive all four issues of Champions Magazine and free teacher items. All rosters are to be submitted online at www.skillsusaregister.org. Schools are encouraged join by November 15, 2008 in order to ensure full membership services for the year, including all mailings and magazines. Schools that register at least 20 student members plus one professional member by November 15, 2008 will receive a free SkillsUSA Chapter Banner valued at $25. This will help to showcase SkillsUSA within the schools. Chapters with 100 percent membership will also receive a SkillsUSA planning calendar valued at $5.95.
New deadline for 2009: January 15, 2009 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2009 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. The deadline is a bit earlier in order to verify membership before regional competitions start. If you have any concerns regarding this new deadline, please feel free to contact me. All membership registration MUST be submitted online at www.skillsusa-register.org. Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National Office at the lock box address. Membership Benefits for SkillsUSA Members • All members receive a one year subscription to SkillsUSA Champions magazine (4 issues) • All members receive a membership card (high school, college or professional card) • SkillsUSA members have opportunities for scholarships, awards and honors • Professional members receive discounts from Avis or Hertz. See the back of the Professional membership card. • NEW! A tool discount of 25% off selected Stanley Tool sets. For details: http://www.skillsusa.org/supporters/stanleyoffer.shtml. 2008 Fall Leadership Conferences This year, SkillsUSA Michigan will be having two Fall Leadership Conferences, one in the Upper Peninsula and one in the Lower Peninsula! The conference is a great way to kick off your year and to motivate your members to have a great year with SkillsUSA Michigan. The conference is a combination of team building activities and breakout sessions on SkillsUSA. The early registration fee for both conferences is $30.00 per participant (students and advisors) and includes registration materials, lunch and a conference t-shirt. Information on both Fall Leadership Conferences is as follows. More information is available at http://www.miskillsusa.org/flc.html. • UP Fall Leadership Conference – Friday, October 24, 2008 at Bay College in Escanaba o Early Registration deadline – October 10, 2008 o Final Registration deadline – October 17, 2008 • State Fall Leadership Conference – Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Holiday Inn South in Lansing o Early Registration deadline – October 20, 2008 o Final Registration deadline – October 30, 2008 Advisor Welcome Back Letter and Information Form Everyone will receive a Welcome Back letter and an Advisor Information Form in the US mail in September. Please review your form for accuracy, make any corrections and fax
it back to the state office this month. This form is also available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org. Be sure we have your correct email address. Over 90% of our communication will be submitted electronically via email and the Internet. Advisor Manual Inserts 2008-2009 Advisor Manual inserts will be sent to all Lead Advisors that had a SkillsUSA Michigan chapter last year. The inserts cover all SkillsUSA Michigan information your school will need for the coming school year. It is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. Please replace the old pages with the new ones! 2009 Intent to Compete If your school intends to compete in 2009, please fill out this form! This form is a critical component of the planning and scheduling of regional and state competitions. The deadline is October 31, 2008. Failure to return this form by the due date may result in your school not being allowed to compete in some events, or some events not being offered on the regional and/or state level. It is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. 2009 State Building Trades Contests Moved Because the Lansing Center is not available for our use this year, the following state contests will be held at The Summit at the 2009 State Conference on April 24-26, 2009. The Summit is located off I-96 between the Holiday Inn South and LCC and has the same type of facilities as the Lansing Center. For more information on The Summit, please go to their web site at http://www.capitalcentre.com/. For an interactive map of the 2009 State Conference sites, go to http://www.communitywalk.com/2009_skillsusa_michigan_state_conference__april_242 6_2009/map/266253. • Carpentry • Industrial Motor Control • Masonry • Residential Wiring • TeamWorks Probationary State Contests Due to their probationary status in 2007 and lack of participation in 2008, the following contests will not be offered the 2009 State Conference. However, SkillsUSA Michigan is still able to send a representative to Nationals and this opportunity will be announced at a later date. • Principles of Technology • Technical Computer Applications 2008-2009 Theme The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2008-2009 year is SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Leadership in Transition. This is the theme for the Chapter Display, Prepared
Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests. More information is available at http://skillsusa.org/about/theme.shtml. 2008 New Advisor Workshop SkillsUSA Michigan is pleased to offer assistance in establishing your chapter by holding a New Advisor Workshop on October 2, 2008, at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. This workshop is for teachers who have been a SkillsUSA advisor for 2 years or less. There is a $40.00 registration fee per participant. The fee will cover lunch, materials and useful resources for new chapters. The registration form is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. Space is limited so please send or fax your registration form ASAP! Advisor Mentoring Program SkillsUSA Michigan is looking for experienced advisors who are willing serve as a mentor to a new SkillsUSA advisor. The mentor will assist the new advisor understand SkillsUSA events and activities. We envision the mentor's role to include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Talking to the new advisor by phone at least once each month. Answer questions regarding SkillsUSA and their program. Visiting the new advisor's school once. Providing the new advisor with an opportunity to visit your school. Assist the new advisor with registrations and due dates. Assist the new advisor with all necessary paperwork. Assist the new advisor with the Regional, State and National Conferences. Provide input and structure for the continuation of the program.
Interested individuals should complete the Advisor Mentoring Program Form and return it to the state office. The list of mentors will be posted on our web site. More information is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/Mentor.html. Advisor Essentials Training Library The Advisor Essentials Training Library was designed by National SkillsUSA to help new or experienced advisors build successful SkillsUSA chapters. These training modules provide a strong foundation to engage in SkillsUSA opportunities at the local, state and national level. Take these courses anytime, anywhere to learn how you can develop a strong SkillsUSA chapter. You can view them at http://www.championsforchange.org/changeinprogress.html. 2009 State National Anthem Contest A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem a capella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 24, 2009 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition video on DVD of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition DVDs must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 8, 2009. More information is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html.
2009 Design Contest The SkillsUSA Michigan 2009 Design Contest is now available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. All SkillsUSA members are encouraged to participate. The three design contest winners will be invited to the State Conference and each will receive a gold medal at the Awards Program. Two new things this year: • All entries must incorporate the SkillsUSA Michigan 2009 theme “Hands Up for Success” in the design.. The SkillsUSA Michigan 2009 theme wording can be in the design but is not required. • The member whose design is chosen for the SkillsUSA Michigan National Conference Trading Pin will also compete in the Pin Design contest at the National Conference. Contest details are available at http://skillsusa.org/compete/demos.shtml. Community Service Projects Have your chapter’s Community Service Project highlighted in the SkillsUSA Michigan newsletter and on the SkillsUSA Michigan web site! Send a short summary of your project and any photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Community Service Project will be added to the next newsletter and posted on our web site for all to see! View this new web page at http://www.miskillsusa.org/csp.html. Technical Committee Nomination Form Each year we strive to make our state competitions more competitive and even better than the year before. By doing this, we must update our technical committee members and judges for every contest. The opportunity is being given once again to nominate individuals from business and industry to serve in these capacities. If you know of someone who is interested in working on a committee, please complete the Technical Committee Nomination Form and send it to the State Office no later than October 13, 2008. Each technical committee will meet in late November/early December. We are seeking industry support in every contest. If you know of any industry representatives who would be interested in being part of this great organization, please nominate them on this form. Each nomination will be reviewed to determine needs and placement. If approved, a letter will be sent to the appointed person. The nomination form is available on our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. NEW! As SkillsUSA Michigan is trying to increase the number of business and industry members on our technical committees, the advisor nomination process has been updated this year. Advisors who would like to serve on a technical committee and were NOT on a committee last year should include a business and industry nominee on the Technical Committee Nomination Form and both people must serve on the technical committee the entire year. Advisors must re-apply for nomination each year.
2008-2009 School Year Calendar A 2008-2009 School Year Calendar listing all SkillsUSA Michigan dates and events is available at http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html. State Conference Dress Code The State Conference Dress Code was approved by the Advisor Council in July 2008. The Advisor Council will be on hand at each meeting to determine if a student is properly dressed before he/she will be allowed on the stage. This dress code applies to both students and advisors. Friday Night General Session and Saturday Delegate Meeting: School-logo attire or SkillsUSA Michigan attire is required. A SkillsUSA blazer, sweater or windbreaker is encouraged but not required. Business attire is NOT allowed. • Women: School-logo collared shirt, dress pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes OR white collared shirt, black pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes. • Men: School-logo collared shirt, dress pants, dress socks, and dress shoes OR white collared shirt, black pants, black socks, and dress shoes. Sunday Morning Awards Ceremony: SkillsUSA Michigan attire or appropriate National Competition clothing is required. A SkillsUSA blazer, sweater or windbreaker is encouraged but not required. Business attire and school-logo attire are NOT allowed. Please see http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html for the National Competition Clothing list. • Women: White collared shirt, black pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes OR appropriate National competition clothing. • Men: White collared shirt, black pants, black socks, and dress shoes OR appropriate National competition clothing. SkillsUSA School Logo Get you own SkillsUSA logo! All chapters are now able to get a customized SkillsUSA logo for their school. Let me know and I will have the National Office make one for you. There are three basic rules for use of the logo. The same graphic standards apply as for the national and state logos. The standards are spelled out at http://skillsusa.org/about/logos.shtml. Please refer to this page for further details on the permitted uses. 1. Only active chapters may use the logo 2. The use must be strictly promotional and not commercial 3. The logo cannot be altered in any way
SkillsUSA Michigan State Archives I have started the SkillsUSA Michigan state archives, including vintage VICA and SkillsUSA-VICA items, documents, brochures, etc. that I found when moving. I even found a student handbook from when I was a state officer. Boy, has my signature changed! If you have anything related to VICA or SkillsUSA that would be appropriate for the state archives, send an email with a description to me at email@example.com. I would like to get as many historical artifacts and records as possible but have limited space and I want to make sure that we don't have any duplicates. SkillsUSA Michigan Facebook Page SkillsUSA Michigan now has a Facebook Page! You can find us on Facebook at http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/YpsilantiMI/SkillsUSA-Michigan/22503914465?ref=ts. A link to our Facebook page is also on the home page of our web site at http://www.miskillsusa.org/. SkillsUSA Michigan Does Best Ever at 2008 National Conference SkillsUSA Michigan had its best ever showing at the 44th National Leadership and Skills Conference was held on June 23-28, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. SkillsUSA Michigan was represented by 231 students, advisors, and guests from our High School Division and College/PostSecondary Division chapters. SkillsUSA Michigan received the most National medals in its history, with a total of 29 medals, including 10 national champions. There were 21 high school and 8 college/postsecondary medalists and SkillsUSA Michigan was 10th in the overall medal ranking by state. SkillsUSA Michigan also had 88 students as one of the top 10 contestants in their contest in the country. More than 5,000 students from every state and three territories competed in 93 contests in technical, skilled, health and service occupations on at the SkillsUSA Championships. SkillsUSA Michigan had 155 students competing in 79 different contests. The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $30 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. Over 500 industry judges participated this year. The national medalists from Michigan are below. Photos of all the medalists are available at http://www.miskillsusa.org/2008_national_winners_photos.html. Gold: • Ryan Kowalski, Architectural Drafting, College/PostSecondary Division, Macomb Community College • Josef Schwarzer, CNC Turning Technology, College/PostSecondary Division, Romeo Engineering & Technology Center
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Phil Davie, Collision Repair Technology, College/PostSecondary Division, Washtenaw Community College Adam Geml, Electronics Applications, High School, Henry Ford II High School Brittney Lewis, Cosmetology, High School Division, Mecosta Osceola Career Center John Litwinowicz, Graphic Communications, High School Division, Royal Oak High School Division Alexander Super, Mobile Electronics Installation, High School Division, Saint Clair TEC Pamela Henry, Nail Care, High School Division, Mecosta Osceola Career Center Kristyn Jernstadt, Nail Care, High School Division, Mecosta Osceola Career Center Nicholas Shepley, Precision Machining Technology, High School Division, Saint Clair TEC
Silver: • Josiah Kreidler, Audio Production, High School Division, Saint Clair TEC • Matthew LaDuke, Audio Production, High School Division, Saint Clair TEC • Paul Fisher, Computer Programming, College/PostSecondary Division, ITT Technical Institute • Cory Atkinson, Extemporaneous Speaking, High School Division, Bay Arenac Career Center • Paul Kruszka, Industrial Motor Control, High School Division, Branch Area Careers Center • Melanie Sobeske, Job Skill Demonstration Open, High School Division, Branch Area Careers Center • Ricardo Ramirez, Pin Design, High School Division, Breithaupt Career and Technical Center • Joseph Young, Welding, College/PostSecondary Division, Washtenaw Community College Bronze: • Michael St. Antoine, CNC Milling Technology, High School Division, William D Ford Career/Tech Center • Michael Fleming, Graphic Communications, College/PostSecondary Division, Ferris State University • Kaitlyn Freeman, Photography, College/PostSecondary Division, Macomb Community College • Keith Kimmel, Precision Machining Technology, College/PostSecondary Division, Romeo Engineering & Technology Center • Nathan Saliga, Related Technical Math, High School Division, Romeo Engineering & Technology Center • Kyle Moran, Robotics and Automation Technology, High School Division, Henry Ford II High School Division • Aaron Taylor, Robotics and Automation Technology, High School Division, Henry Ford II High School Division
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Andrew Snow, Technical Drafting, College/PostSecondary Division, Ferris State University Charles Davis, Welding Fabrication, High School Division, Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Daniel Vermander, Welding Fabrication, High School Division, Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Bryan Beebe, Welding Fabrication, High School Division, Lapeer County Ed Tech Center
Forty-one Michigan students also received a Skill Point™ Certificate. The Skill Point™ Certificate recognizes SkillsUSA members achieving national industry-defined scores at the SkillsUSA Championships® in Kansas City. The award is the pinnacle achievement in the Work Force Ready System™ for SkillsUSA students. The Michigan Skill Point™ Certificate recipients were: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Beebe, Bryan Bertrand, Brittney Boyer , Adam Browe, Kevin Davie, Phil Davis, Charles Escobedo, Selene Fleming, Michael Freeman, Kaitlyn Geml, Adam Gombos, Emanuel Henry, Pamela Jernstadt, Kristyn Jewell, Logan Kibby, Alexandria Kimmel, Keith Klebba, Lauraanne Kouider, Khawla Kouider, Naoual Kowalski, Ryan Kreidler, Josiah Kretzinger, Fred LaDuke, Matthew Lewis, Brittney Litwinowicz, John Middleton, Cody Morris, Lauren Ottobre, Jenni Pawloski, Derek Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Bay Arenac Career Center Macomb Community College Washtenaw Community College Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Oakland Tech Center-Northeast Ferris State University Macomb Community College Henry Ford II High School Regional Career Tech Center Mecosta Osceola Career Center Mecosta Osceola Career Center Jackson Area Career Center Oakland Tech Center-Northeast Romeo Engineering & Tech Center Macomb Community College Mecosta Osceola Career Center Mecosta Osceola Career Center Macomb Community College Saint Clair TEC Ferris State University Saint Clair TEC Mecosta Osceola Career Center Royal Oak High School Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Mecosta Osceola Career Center Branch Area Careers Center Welding Fabrication Web Design Welding Culinary Arts Collision Repair Welding Fabrication Nail Care Graphic Communications Photography Electronics Applications Carpentry Nail Care Nail Care Firefighting Food and Beverage Precision Machining Food and Beverage Esthetics Cosmetology Architectural Drafting Audio Production Heating, Ventilation, Air Audio Production Cosmetology Graphic Communications Sheet Metal Web Design Esthetics Collision Repair
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Ramirez, Ricardo Renshaw, Joseph Richter, Caleb Schrems, Cera Schulte, Kierstyn Schwarzer, Josef Shepley, Nicholas Sims, Stephanie Super, Alexander Vermander, Daniel Winter, Skylar Young, Joseph
Breithaupt Career and Tech Center Branch Area Careers Center Wexford-Missaukee Area CTC Oakland Tech Center-Northeast Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Romeo Engineering & Tech Center Saint Clair TEC Mecosta Osceola Career Center Saint Clair TEC Lapeer County Ed Tech Center Washtenaw Community College Washtenaw Community College
Pin Design Automotive Refinishing Motorcycle Service Nail Care Commercial Baking CNC Turning Precision Machining Building Maintenance Mobile Electronics Welding Fabrication Automotive Refinishing Welding
Brennon Warren, the 2007-2008 State President from Bay Arenac ISD Career Center, was recognized and received a $500 scholarship from the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association. He was one of only two SkillsUSA students in the country to receive this scholarship. Timberland PRO sponsored a Community Service project with volunteers from across the nation participating. SkillsUSA Michigan had the largest number of volunteers in the country, with 62 students and advisors participating. They volunteered with the following groups and activities: • Hidden Valley Park Natural Area, defining trails • Heartland Tree Alliance, identifying potential tree planting sites • Habitat for Humanity, landscaping and framing new houses • Jerry Smith Park, repairing and installing new trails Happy Retirement Happy retirement to the following advisors and technical committee members! I would like to thank them for their time and energy supporting SkillsUSA Michigan over the years. If you know of any other advisors or technical committee members who retired last year, please let me know. • Kathy Windiate – Food & Beverage Service • Sam Andrews – Oakland Schools Technical Center NE Campus • Janice Lanning – Midland H.H. Dow High School SkillsUSA Michigan Dates to Remember Date Item Oct 2, 2008 Oct 10, 2008 Oct 13, 2008 New Advisor Inservice UP Fall Leadership Conference Early Registration Due Technical Committee Nomination Forms Due
Where Ypsilanti State Office State Office
Oct 17, 2008 Oct 20, 2008
UP Fall Leadership Conference Final Registration Due State Fall Leadership Conference Early Registration Due UP Fall Leadership Conference State Fall Leadership Conference Final Registration Due Intent to Compete Due State Fall Leadership Conference Initial Membership Registration Due www.skillsusa-register.org Final Membership Registration Due www.skillsusa-register.org Design Contest Entries Due State National Anthem Contest Audition DVDs Due State Conference National Conference
State Office State Office
Oct 24, 2008 Oct 30, 2008
Escanaba State Office
Oct 31, 2008 Nov 12, 2008 Nov 15, 2008
State Office Lansing National Office
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Jan 8, 2009 Jan 8, 2009 Apr 24-26, 2009 June 22-27, 2009
State Office State Office Lansing Kansas City, MO
From the National Office – Work Force Ready System The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System provides assessments for Career and Technical Education that are supported by industry, education and policy leaders. The system helps instructors prove the benefit of their programs, and most importantly, helps young people find rewarding careers. Available in more than 45 unique areas, Skill Connect Assessments offer a reliable evaluation of technical knowledge and skill. And they're supported by a comprehensive system that makes administration simple. • Industry-supported. • Educationally sound. • Interactive. • Current. • Diverse. • Reliable. • Affordable
SkillsUSA members can take the new Work Force Ready System technical assessments in 46 areas for a member price of $5 per assessment. Non-members will pay $20 per assessment. These new assessments roll out in Spring 2009. If you have questions on the assessments, contact Bruce Potter at 703-737-0638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a demo and more details, go to http://www.workforcereadysystem.org/. Try the Skill Connect Assessments first by becoming a field test site! Sign up to be a field test site at http://www.workforcereadysystem.org/field_test_form.shtml. 2009 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards SkillsUSA will release the 2009 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards this fall. To help students arrive fully prepared for the SkillsUSA Championships and to keep up with the rapidly changing expectations of industry, the contest standards will now be revised annually rather than every three years. This kind of continuous improvement will help keep instruction current and help national technical committees and state contest organizers run the highest-quality events for the SkillsUSA organization in every technical and leadership area. Release Dates With the new additional content, the printed manual will contain approximately 600 or more pages. It has a September 15, 2008 projected release date. Like the previous revision, the softcover book will be three-hole drilled for those customers who prefer the convenience of loose pages in a binder. The CD-ROM package is set for a October 1, 2008 release. Pricing Increased demand for the CD-ROM has resulted in fewer orders for the printed version, which continues to expand in size with the number of added contests. To cover the higher cost of materials, the printed manual must be priced $10 higher than the CD-ROM package. • The 2009 SkillsUSA Technical Standards CD-ROM (with pocket folder, poster, flier and bonus projects CD) will be $19.95. We are encouraging the use of the electronic package for better preparation of our students who choose to enter the championships program. We also feel this is a better approach to disseminating information, from an ecological perspective. • The 2009 SkillsUSA Technical Standards book will be $29.95. Content of the publication mirrors the standards CD-ROM content. ACTE Video Contest The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is searching for student filmmakers to create a 29 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) to publicize CTE Month during February 2009. Secondary and postsecondary students in film, video and production classes are invited to submit video PSAs based on 2009 CTE Month's theme, CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career and emphasizing the importance of CTE. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2008. ACTE is partnering with SchoolTube, a safe, moderated Web site for students, to host this year's contest (www.Schooltube.com).
Students will upload videos to SchoolTube's Web site, in addition to sending broadcast quality versions to ACTE, and a panel of marketing and media professionals will judge the entries. ACTE will announce the winners during its Annual Convention, December 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first place students will receive a $750 prize and the school will receive one complimentary copy of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, a professional video editing suite, which Apple is donating for the contest. The second place students will receive $250 and one complimentary copy of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2 for the school. First and second place videos will be publicized on the Internet and may air on television. The complete rules and copies of copyright assignment and release forms are available at: www.acteonline.org/contest. For more information or questions about submissions, please contact email@example.com. Call for SkillsUSA Talent Do you have a talented singer in your school that would enjoy a special performance opportunity? SkillsUSA seeks talented singers for the Opening Ceremony or Awards Ceremony during the 2009 SkillsUSA National Conference. We are looking for a SkillsUSA student member to sing the National Anthem or another patriotic song appropriate for opening a general session. Singers may sing a capella or to a pre-recorded instrumental track. Send in all audition videotapes on DVD, postmarked by February 1, 2009 to: Karen Perrino, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. Questions may be directed to Karen at 703-737-0610 or firstname.lastname@example.org. National Conference Pin Contest February 1, 2009 is the deadline for the entries for SkillsUSA National Conference Pin competition. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. What a great way to have a student and advisor from your school recognized in front of a national audience. Rules are in the Membership Kit and are also posted on the SkillsUSA Web site at: http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/other.shtml. Questions may be directed to Danielle Rinker at 703-737-0636 or to email@example.com.