July 1, 2020

Leesburg High student achieves a historic first

1 min read| Published On: July 1st, 2020|

By James Combs

Leesburg High student achieves a historic first

1 min read| Published On: July 1st, 2020|

Alexis Gamez, who will be a senior at Leesburg High School this fall, was elected to a national officer position in SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization that brings together students, teachers and industry to ensure America has a skilled workforce. As Region 2 Vice President, she is the first Lake County Schools student to hold a national position in the organization in 70 years, according to a press release issued by Lake County Schools.

Alexis is both a culinary and health science student at Leesburg High. Over the last three years, she has served in various positions within SkillsUSA, and decided to pursue a national position going into her senior year. The election was decided by five state delegates who make their decision based on how much support each candidate is able to get from their peers. So June 15-24, Alexis took to the internet to campaign for a national position and won the title of Vice President for Region 2.

Alexis’ long-term career goal is to become a nurse after high school. She said that being part of SkillsUSA has helped her to network and become more career ready. “I think this position will change my life,” she said. “It’s already opened so many doors and opportunities. I’m blessed to be in this organization.”

SkillsUSA emphasizes development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Its mission states that it “empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”




About the Author: James Combs

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County's many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!

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