By Maj. Cotton Puryear
RICHMOND, Va. -- Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard played a key role in the success of the SkillsUSA Virginia Leadership Conference and Skills Competition held on April 28 and 29 in Richmond.
SkillsUSA is a national student organization for students enrolled in career and technical occupations in Virginia’s high schools and community colleges. The state-level competition includes more than 1,000 district champions competing in 101 categories, from advertising and aviation to welding and Web design.
“Without the help of the Virginia Guard, this event probably wouldn’t have happened,” said Victor Sorrell, the chairman of the conference. “The Guard is giving us unbelievable support.” He explained that there are only two paid support personnel for the event, and all the rest are volunteers. The Virginia Guard provided personnel to help plan the event, as well as support personnel to help with the actual running of the event.
In addition to supplying personnel, the Dove Street Armory was the site of several carpentry, plumbing and masonry competitions.