PHOTOS: SkillsUSA Georgia competitions postponed

On March 12, 22 students, advisor Amanda Pugh, chaperone Brenda Breda and bus driver Melissa Cloer left Apalachee High School for Atlanta to attende the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference. As students arrived in Atlanta, they went to The Varsity for lunch. As they were leaving The Varsity to head to the Georgia World Congress Center, they received word that the conference had been postponed due to changing events related to COVID-19. SkillsUSA Georgia competitions were rescheduled for April 27 through May 6. Many of the competitions will now be online testing. Several groups had prepared projects or displays, which they will be able to upload and submit. Apalachee student Vanessa Nelson will participate virtually by recording her Prepared Speech. Although students were disappointed, they have demonstrated resilience in preparing for their competitions and making the adjustments needed to be able to compete in the first ever-virtual competitions, Pugh said. Pictured, from left to right, are Haley Lopez-Blackwell, Alison Martinez, Liviya Hill, Shae Baughns, Jaia Ratliff, Haley Criswell, Ashley Martinez, Savannah Wallace, Sa’Niah Hood, Betsy Mancillas, Karen Parker, Ell Contreras, Erin Padinor, Autumn Lawrence, Tommy Reina, Blessing Oladosu, Feyikemi Adeyemi-Bajo, Lauren Minish and Brooke Dover.

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