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Mount Dora High Students Compete in SkillsUSA Florida 2017 State Leadership & Skills Conference

 Mt Dora High Students

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Four of the Mount Dora High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Florida 2017 State Leadership & Skills Conference.  Which were held in Lakeland, Florida April 23 to 26, 2017.

Jacob Hackett, a senior, placed 2nd in Architectural Drafting.  The Architectural Drafting competitions contestants had to use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings that are computer-generated (CAD). The contest tests the contestants’ problem solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills. 

Bailee Mancil, placed 3rd and Sarah Stroub placed 5th in Restaurant Services.  The restaurant services contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant.  The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including: table set up; greeting guests; reservation procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course’ and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks.  Contestants are judges on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism ease with guest, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.

 The SkillsUSA organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA and more than 300,000 student members.