Higley High School Student Elected SkillsUSA National Secondary Secretary
Lili Valencia, a student in the Higley High School Graphic Design program, was elected to represent 380,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide as the 2022-2023 SkillsUSA National Secondary Secretary. Lili was elected to serve as one of five SkillsUSA national secondary officers by student delegates from across the country at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, GA held June 19, 2022, to June 24, 2022. Other national officers were elected from Washington, Missouri, Georgia, and Massachusetts. As a national officer, Lili will represent SkillsUSA, Higley High School, and the Higley Unified School District on the national level during the 2022, 2023 school year as she travels across the country meeting with SkillsUSA student members, business and industry partners, and other stakeholders as well as facilitating conference and advocating for the SkillsUSA organization as the National Secondary Secretary. In addition to this position, Lili was selected by her National Officer team to serve as the Joint Executive Council Chair. This leadership position allows Lili to work with the SkillsUSA Board of Directors to shape the organization’s future.
SkillsUSA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that, “…is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.” Each Career and Technical Education program utilizes CTSOs to strengthen the learning in the classroom by embedding opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and competition. Members of the SkillsUSA Higley Graphic Design section are empowered, “…to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
Through this focus, Lili Valencia is part of the legacy of leadership being developed by the Higley High School Graphic Design program. Over the past three years, Higley Graphic Design has had eleven Regional Officers representing 3,000 SkillsUSA members in the region, three State Officers representing 13,000 SkillsUSA Arizona members, and now a National Officer representing 380,000 members. During the 2021, 2022 school year Lili served as the SkillsUSA Arizona State President leading to her seeking a role on the national level this Summer. The leadership training, travel experiences, and opportunities to meet with stakeholders will serve Lili in all her future endeavors.