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Volunteer student the first ever SkillsUSA state president from NET

Jeff Bobo • May 3, 2018 at 2:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Last year, Volunteer High School junior Emily Christian became the first SkillsUSA state officer appointed from Northeast Tennessee in more than two decades.

For the 2018-19 school year, however, Christian has achieved another milestone. Not only will she be the first ever SkillsUSA Tennessee president from Hawkins County, but the first SkillsUSA president from Northeast Tennessee.

SkillsUSA is an organization for secondary and postsecondary career and technical education students.

It teaches them not only valuable workplace, technical, and personal skills, but also how to be leaders in their chosen trade.

Volunteer SkillsUSA faculty adviser Kevin Hilton told the Times News Wednesday that Christian’s duties as president will include serving as the student representative for SkillsUSA Tennessee, leading the state officer team, being available for speaking engagements and events across the state and meeting with business and industry partners.

“To be eligible for state office, you must possess outstanding leadership qualities; have a positive attitude; be able to work as part of a team; be able to make formal or workshop presentations; balance school, personal, and state officer schedules; and give speeches,” Hilton said. “To be president of the organization, you must go through an interview process where a panel decides on your capability. Emily is in all advanced classes, the top 10 of her class, involved in many other clubs and organizations, along with serving her community.”

Christian was elected president in March during the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga, where thousands of students from across the state competed by showcasing their skills learned every day in the classroom.

Christian served as the Tennessee SkillsUSA state secretary for the current academic year.

As a junior at Volunteer, Christian is involved in the criminal justice program, and upon graduation she plans to pursue a career as an attorney.

In March, Volunteer’s Criminal Justice SkillsUSA Chapter earned a total of 14 medals, including eight gold.

Hilton also received the SkillsUSA Paul Adler Service Award, a first for a Hawkins County teacher.

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