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Two North Marion students will attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Technical Skills Conference

COURTESY: SHERIE MORAN - North Marion High School students Evan Price, left, and Corrina Corp have been selected to take part in a national SkillsUSA leadership program held in Louisville, Kentucky later this month.A recent "Kentucky or Bust" campaign for two North Marion High School students and robotics competitors promptly reached its goal of $5,000, sending the team to a national event.

Corrina Corp and Evan Price will be heading to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Technical Skills Conference which takes place in Louisville June 23-29.

"They reached their fundraising goal in 10 days," the team's advisor Sherie Moran noted. "The support from industry and the community was surprising, but gratifying."

Moran will accompany the local team to the conference.

A "go-fund-me" fundraising page, which accounted for $1,650 of the raised money, indicated that both students are eager to attend.

The daughter of Charles and Deanna Corp, Corrina is a senior who will be experiencing her first SkillsUSA; this is her second year as a computer science and robotics student.

"Her dream after graduation is to incorporate an interest in nursing and pediatrics with her love of robotics and become involved in the groundbreaking work being done in medical robotics," the page read. "She has a big heart for children and is determined to make a positive difference in their lives."

The son of Jerry and Sherry Price, Evan is a sophomore with aspirations to complete the engineering, computer science, and manufacturing career pathways prior to his graduation in 2021, and he's more than halfway there.

"My teammate and I managed to get the opportunity we did by using the resources around us," Evan said. "We talked to the Department of Human Services, as they would donate to students needing money for out of school, but education-related, activities. It was also from them that we learned about making a Go Fund Me page."

He noted that ChemWest also donated.

The fundraising page noted that North Marion endorses SkillsUSA "because it teaches students employability skills that go beyond interviewing and resume writing. Part of their coursework requires those skills as well, but SkillsUSA supports the acquisition of technical and leadership skills that will serve students in any career they're interested in pursuing after graduation."

Evan would agree.

"I am extremely excited for this opportunity as it is a good way to learn from kids across the country and test out your skills in a business sense, presenting yourself and your product," he said, adding that the lessons should translate into the employment world someday."

Key to that is communication.

"Your engineering department has to talk to your manufacturing department, or your sales department might have to talk to your engineering to change what something is made out of or what needs to be added or removed dependent on what the customer needs," Evan elaborated. "So having the ability to merge these fields is helpful in the long run for a company."

While she is relatively new to robotics, Corrina said it has already made a significant impact on her education and goals.

"I just started to get involved with SkillsUSA, and I am glad to have the opportunity," Corrina said. "I am enrolled at OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology) in the fall and without this opportunity to learn about robotics, I would never have chosen medical technologies as a major to pursue."

Corrina envisions having an even deeper appreciation following the conference.

"I am so excited to meet people of my field of interest and really get involved," she said.

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