Volunteer SkillsUSA criminal justice team finishes second in nation

Jeff Bobo • Jul 4, 2018 at 8:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School’s criminal justice SkillsUSA chapter earned a silver medal last week in the national conference held in Louisville, Ky.

The team earned an invitation to the June 25-29 national competition on March 19-21 when the chapter racked up a total of 14 medals, including eight gold, at the state competition in Chattanooga.

Volunteer’s team consisting of Zach Mayo, Mary Morrison, Alexis Fansler, Sarah Gonce, Ellie Mclain and Hannah Johnson competed against 27 other states and finished second in the nation behind New Jersey and ahead of Kentucky in the Business (Parliamentary) Procedure event.

“I am very proud of these students,” said faculty advisor Kevin Hilton. “They have worked extremely hard this year by studying and staying after school and coming in during summer break to practice. They represented our community and our state with professionalism and determination.”

The Business (Parliamentary) Procedure event requires teams of six to demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedure in both a written exam and a team demonstration.

The written exam consists of 100 questions related to materials found in Robert’s Rules of Order, and scores are averaged and included as part of the team’s overall score

During the demonstration, the team must conduct a typical business meeting using a standard order of business and must properly insert into the order of business the secretary’s minutes, treasurer’s report and business items identified by the technical committee.

Teams are also required to properly demonstrate at least six different parliamentary procedure motions, including at least one of each of the following: main, privileged, subsidiary, incidental and motions that bring issues back to the floor.

In other national SkillsUSA action last week, Volunteer’s Zach Manis competed in Action Skills, made it to the final round, and finished in the top 16.

The Action Skills contest requires a 5-7 minute demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which that student is training.

Competitors use examples, experiments, displays or practical operations to clearly explain their skills using contestant-prepared visual aids.

Manis demonstrated how to properly dust and lift a fingerprint.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 320,000 high school and college students enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations.

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