Former BOOTS student leaves permanent mark

Posted by SCPS Communication on 1/13/2020

Jennifer, a former Bringing Occupational Opportunities to Students (BOOTS) program drafting student and 2018 graduate of Stafford High School, recently left her mark on an outdoor pavilion located at the SkillsUSA headquarters in Leesburg, VA.

A stellar student, Jennifer earned gold in both the 2017 and 2018 SkillsUSA Architectural Drafting competitions. That success allowed her to provide design ideas for the organization's Championship Circle.

Jennifer used the initial CAD drawings provided by Matthew Thomas, a student from Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, OK, to prepare the final architectural drawings.  From those sketches, Jennifer also provided insight into improving traffic flow around the circle.

Her drafting ability was not the only lesson Jennifer drew from when working on the Champions Circle.  Students from all five Stafford County Public High Schools collaborate in the BOOTS program to build homes from the initial sketches through the full construction of single-story structures. The Champions Circle was an extension of those lessons in collaboration. More than 80 SkillsUSA advisors and students from four schools nationwide donated labor and time, while industry partners contributed materials, equipment, and labor in excess of $100,000 to complete the Champions Circle.

To learn more about Jennifer’s contribution and the Champion’s circle, read the article featured in the Winter 2020 edition of SkillsUSA Champions magazine.