(Bradenton, FL—May 6, 2013) At an awards ceremony on May 3, Manatee Technical Institute presented 84 medals to the MTI students who won first, second or third at the 2013 Florida SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, which was held in Pensacola April 29 to May 1 (students were still returning on May 2).
Manatee Tech students won 42 gold medals at the 46th Annual Conference. The gold medalists, as well as other qualifying students from MTI, will advance to the national championships being held in Kansas City, Missouri, in June. They will represent MTI and the State of Florida and compete for the national title in their skill or leadership area.
Students from high schools, technical centers and colleges from across the state competed in the skills and leadership contests. Each contest had two divisions (high school and college/postsecondary); some were team events.
This was the first year MTI Digital Video Production students competed in the Television (Video) Production contest. The two-person MTI team came in second in the state in the college division.
Another first this year was that MTI and Southeast High School jointly videoed the MTI open and closing ceremony and posted it to the web. The site has already seen over 6,000 views.
SkillsUSA is an international organization that promotes excellence, employability skills, and ethics to students in career and technical education to better prepare them for successful careers. The SkillsUSA contests are the most important opportunity students have to compete against their peers and demonstrate their skills.
For the past nine years, MTI has won the most medals in the nation. If the school does so again this year, it will be in MTI’s 50th anniversary year that MTI will have won the most medals for 10 years in a row.