Chiefess students lauded for Skills USA achievements

Students and their teachers from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School were honored by Kaua‘i’s legislative delegation after the group captured first and second places in the SkillsUSA Convention Technology Challenge Contest on Feb. 22 in Honolulu.

SkillsUSA is a non-profit educational association which serves high school and post-secondary school students, states a news release. The organization hosts annual local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

The association works to provide educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development arenas.

The 13 students from CKMS and their teacher chaperones met in Honolulu with members of the  Kaua‘i delegation — state Sen. Ron Kouchi and state Reps. James Tokioka,  Dee Morikawa and Derek Kawakami. Each student was presented with a legislative certificate commending them for their leadership achievements at the SkillsUSA Convention.

Students include Keala Iwasaki, Scott Cushnie, Keegan Loo, Sean Ebueng, Trevor Fruedig, Branden Remegio, Scott Ota, Saedy Tumaneng, Marissa Martinez, Sarah Matsunaga, Sydney Brady, Marilyn Clement and Elizabeth Makizuru.

They were accompanied by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School teachers Justin Carvalho and Robyn Herbig.

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