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Victoria L. Holbert Serving as SkillsUSA National President 

Victoria (Tori) L. Holbert of Fitchburg, a senior in Monty Tech’s Dental Assisting program, put Monty Tech and Massachusetts on the map this year by being appointed National President of SkillsUSA.

Victoria is the first Massachusetts student to be elected to the top national office since the organization was founded in 1965.  In addition, she served last year as president of SkillsUSA-Massachusetts chapter, another first for Monty Tech.

Tori was elected a national officer by a student delegation at SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference held last summer in Kansas City, Missouri.   Her fellow officers subsequently appointed her national president.   Since then, she has been traveling throughout the country, promoting the organization and its mission.  She traveled to London, England, last fall, to represent the organization at the annual WorldSkills Conference.

In addition to carrying out all her SkillsUSA duties and responsibilities, this extraordinary teen has managed to excel in her academic and career-technical studies, in athletics and in community service.  She is ranked 10th in her class with a GPA of 3.68.  In view of her exemplary record, she has been selected as Monty Tech’s nominee for the state Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of the Year Award for 2011-2012.  She plans to study political science at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in the fall.

SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), is a national organization serving more than 300,000 students, teachers and professional members.  Its mission is to prepare students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens by providing quality education experiences through leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.  National business partners, totaling approximately 1,100, include Toyota, Lowe’s, Bosch, Georgia Pacific, Stanley, Caterpillar and Timberland.

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