On September 19, Lauren Lopez and Raelyn Hiser will be taking their first plane trip ever. They will represent Floresville High School and their SkillsUSA district at the Washington Leadership Training Institute.
Both Lopez and Hiser are excited about their opportunity to travel and happy that the prerequisite work to attend is finished.
“We had to complete several essays to be able to attend. I had to write about why I chose the CTE program I’m in and discuss the skill gaps people have as they enter careers. It was interesting,” said Lopez.
Lopez and Hiser are welding students at FHS and have earned certifications that can be used in their future careers. Lopez wants to be a welding engineer. Hiser is interested in forensic pathology, but both students say that they have found their passion in welding.
“I grew-up around welding with my dad. I love everything about welding. It’s a combination of science and creativity,” said Hiser.
While welding is how they were introduced to SkillsUSA, it’s their interest in leadership that is fueling their excitement for the trip. They both aspire to be State officers in the SkillsUSA organization and know this training will help them acquire the necessary skills to be successful in that endeavor.
The SkillsUSA Motto this year is “Champions at Work. I am Ready.” These young women are ready for to be leaders and ready for the workforce. They are ready to lead prosperous lives.