Quinn Sluzenski of Charlotte Wins National Award in Prepared Speech

Kansas City, Mo., June 27, 2014-- Quinn Sluzenski, a student at St. Croix Regional Technical Center and Calais High School, was awarded the Bronze Medal in Prepared Speech at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships.  The competition was held at H. Roe Bartle Hall, Municipal Auditorium and American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 26.

The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and material.  All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment.  More than 1,000 industry judges participated this year.

The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.  More than 6,000 students from every state and three territories competed in 99 contests in technical, skilled, and service occupations.  The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships.

The Prepared Speech competition requires students to write and present a 5-7 minute speech on the theme, which this year was "Educated and Skilled to Lead America."  Competitors are not permitted to use notecards or a podium.  Quinn competed against 41 other first place state winners from across the country.  After the first round of competition, she earned a place among the top 15 and competed again the next day for different judges.  She was announced as the Bronze Medalist during the Awards Ceremony at Kemper Arena.