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EASTERN Students Participate in Fall Leadership Conference

Leadership participants with medals

On November 16-18, 2022, a delegation of 39 SkillsUSA students and four faculty advisors, Nicole Abruzzi, Rebecca Ashworth, Erin Derby, and Eric Martin, along with EASTERN’s Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, participated in the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference at Kalahari Resorts in Pocono Manor, PA.  Approximately 250 students from six different career and technical centers from Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties attended the District 2 Leadership Conference.

SkillsUSA functions as EASTERN’s Student Leadership Organization, in which program and school-wide officers represent their programs and EASTERN as ambassadors. Student ambassadors are critical to EASTERN and serve as an example of what career and technical education can do for self-confidence, self-assurance, and leadership development. The students who were chosen to participate displayed leadership qualities and were nominated by their EASTERN instructors.

Student attendees were broken up into groups and worked for two days on creating a year-long plan for how they would implement SkillsUSA in their own fictional school.  Notable achievements from the leadership conference include:

§  SkillsUSA District 2 Outstanding Student: Suzanne Seltzer, Springfield

§  Door Sign – Gold Medal - Marin Goldfarb/Cheltenham

§  Pin Design – Gold Medal - Mari Goldfarb/Cheltenham

§  Prepared Speech – Silver Medal - Marin Goldfarb/Cheltenham

§  School Cheer – Gold Medal – Naim Caleb/Springfield, Nelly Bryan/Cheltenham, Kennedy Davis/Abington, and Marin Goldfarb/Cheltenham 

EASTERN students also brought home the coveted Spirit Trophy. Each participant was given a gold medal in honor of this outstanding achievement.