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SkillsUSA students travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress


SkillsUSA students travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress


October 20, 2016 | Responsible Citizens | Members of the SkillsUSA team made a presentation to the New Caney ISD Board of Trustees on Oct. 17 about their trip over the summer to Washington, D.C.

The students who presented at the meeting were Lizetthe Moreno, Diana Martinez, Lorena Mendoza, Jacob Wilson, Bryan Rodas, and Edson Estrada. These students represented the Criminal Justice and Health Science chapters within SkillsUSA at Porter High School.

During the summer, these students along with others from PHS, won the Texas Statesman award at Summer Leadership which earned them an invitation to attend the Washington Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C. The main focus of the event was for the students to set up an appointment with members of Congress to tell their stories about the benefits of Career Technical Education programs and Career and Technical Student Organizations like SkillsUSA.

They discussed the Carl D. Perkins funds and how the funds are important to students and student organizations involved in Career and Technical classes. They had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's staff and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady's legal representative. The students each shared their personal stories and asked the Congressional leaders to continue their support of the Perkins Funds Act.

The students had the opportunity to visit several memorials and monuments like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Congressional Library and several Smithsonian museums. The students also visited Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.   

The trip was an amazing opportunity for the students, according to Criminal Justice Instructor Ruben Anthony Najera. For three of the students, it was their first time flying and the first time for all of them to visit Washington, D.C.