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WCCC Electricty Senior Elected Ohio SkillsUSA Officer

Robert Lipps

We have exciting news! Electricity Senior Robert Lipps, Franklin, was voted in as a SkillsUSA State officer for 2020-21! The campaign was drastically different than before. He had to record his speech then interview online in front of a panel of about 10 people.

“LeAnna (Kincer) and I are thrilled with Robert!” WCCC SkillsUSA Co-Advisor Carrie Frandoni said. “We have worked with him over this time and have had so much fun. If you don't know him, you should spend some time with him. This is only the first election he will win.”

Robert faced a lot of challenges with his campaign, including being interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio SkillsUSA conference cancellation, and finishing out his junior year with remote learning.

“To be completely honest, running a virtual campaign was a challenge for me, it was very different from what you’d expect,” Robert said. “For a few months, I was being prepared for meeting people face to face, creating connections, and traditional campaigning. We created a logo, slogans, and had a team established, but just in a few days it was all thrown out. We had to start from scratch and rebuild the campaign. You’d think talking in front of a camera is easy, but it’s even harder when it’s just yourself. It’s really been a challenge, but in the end we still prevailed despite all the obstacles thrown in our way.”

Robert said he learned a lot from the experience, and he has big goals for his future. We know he will go far! In his own words:

“Earlier this school year, I went to our regional conference for SkillsUSA. It really showed me how education and SkillsUSA brings people from all backgrounds together. Everyone had their own story about why they are who they are and where they want to be in life. No matter your background, everyone came together to talk about the issues and work together to further our organization. SkillsUSA is about creating the workforce of the future.

I hope that I can use this position to push for more career center/vocational schooling in Ohio. I really believe that by educating people on the benefits of these schools, we can create a stronger workforce and fill the shoes of our parents and grandparents. Especially now as we recover from this pandemic, we have to get our economy back, and we can make it stronger than ever before through career technical education.

After high school, I plan on going to college to get an electrical engineering degree. More than anything, I want to join the world of politics and government to make change. I’ve watched so much happen in the world and we are more divided than ever before. Unlike our parents and grandparents, we see the world through a whole different lens. The right and left are becoming more extreme and violent by the day and our country needs to come together and heal. We need a revolution, but it doesn’t come over night. So I hope to give my life to public service to help our nation and our people.

I just want to thank Mr. Centers, Ms. Frandoni, and Ms. Kincer for helping me along the way. Without them I wouldn’t have run a campaign.”

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