Champions at Work!

July 13, 2020

SkillsUSA Minnesota is thrilled to be represented on the national stage with our first national high school officer in nearly 40 years! Cecelia Lausten, our High School State President, was recently selected as one of the national officers for the 2020-21 school year. Cece has participated in SkillsUSA throughout her high school career at Sebeka High School, winning multiple awards at competition and offering her leadership as a state officer during her sophomore and junior years of high school. We could not be prouder of her accomplishment in earning a national officer position for the upcoming school year!

Cece has a big year ahead of her including the opportunity to help engage our national members in new and inventive ways as our country continues to navigate change.  Thank you to Cece and her advisor, Tom Smith for their dedication to SkillsUSA! Cece’s thoughts regarding the experience may be found below.

“All my life I have prided myself on the ability to not be nervous for anything. However, those few seconds before my name was announced for the 2020 SkillsUSA National Officer Team, were the most nerve wracking moments of my life. All my hard work leading up to that moment, the speeches, the 50 hour career essentials class, the essays, were all about to be worth it.

These last couple months of my life have been crazy while I prepared for my biggest challenge yet and it’s only going to become more challenging now that I have made it into office. Even so, I’m so ready to serve my Nation as an officer and represent Minnesota on a National level. I have big plans for SkillsUSA and I have never been more proud to be a part of something bigger than myself.

I have so much to look forward to this following year, including traveling to some amazing places, rocking some awesome Skills merch, and getting random boxes of snacks and goodies from our team managers. It’s going to be amazing and I hope you all are ready, because I am.

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who helped me on this amazing journey and who believed in me. It means the world to me and I couldn’t ask to be from a better state.”

Cecelia Lausten
Sebeka Public Schools
National Officer At-Large

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March 16, 2020

To our SkillsUSA schools and teachers,

In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the SkillsUSA Minnesota Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 state conference and all of its associated events. While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students and stakeholders is always our primary concern.

We realize the disappointment this will cause for so many of our dedicated students and teachers who worked hard throughout the year to get to this event. However, we also know that same dedication and work ethic — as well as so many other positive traits gained through SkillsUSA involvement — will help all of us weather this temporary storm and emerge stronger when this crisis inevitably clears.

For our participants who need to do so, please immediately cancel all hotel reservations and transportation arrangements. While a significant amount of money has been spent to purchase materials and supplies for the state conference, we feel that most of these items can be saved until next year. Membership dues are non-refundable, but it is our intention to refund all the state conference registration fees. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the refund checks to arrive at your school. If you have not paid the registration fees, please cancel all payment requests immediately. The national competition policy requires the competitors to be the first-place gold medalists from the state competition. Since we have no way to objectively select a “gold medalist,” for any of the contests, we will not be taking any competitors to the national conference event in June. The national organization has taken a “wait and see” attitude for the national conference, so there is no further word on the viability of a national conference.

Please remain connected with us on our state's website and on social media for more updates as they emerge and as we develop more specific responses and future plans to help offset the negative effects of this unprecedented occurrence.

Thank you for everything you do and for your continued support,

SkillsUSA Minnesota Board of Directors