Author: Thomas Kercheval

Crowning His Prince

As a culinary arts and hospitality professional, Damien Lopez loves making other people happy. Through his ongoing journey as a transgender man, he’s learned the importance of making himself happy, too.

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From SkillsUSA Champion to NFL Champion

Future football star Brandon Graham proves that if you can believe it, yes, you can achieve it.

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Surviving Tragic Nightmares Inspires Hope-Fueled Dreams

When Edwin Maxcy was featured in “SkillsUSA Champions” magazine in 2018, the only thing more overwhelming than his story of pain and loss was the strength of his resolve to succeed in spite of it. We catch up with the young man whose ongoing success story has inspired not only our readers, but a new SkillsUSA program designed to help other students and chapters in need.

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Hitting the Hotspots

It’s not in Omar Khasawneh’s nature to sit by when his skills are needed most. Sparked by an innate desire to serve, Khasawneh took those skills to one of the hardest hit areas of the pandemic, changing lives in the process … including his own.

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Crystal Wright

Learning and Leading In Uncertain Times

Crystal Wright discovered an untapped reservoir of personal strength when she mustered the courage to share the painful details of her journey toward success. What she’s learned along the way has helped prepare her to lead through just about anything — including the unprecedented challenge of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Henry Balding

Building Buzz in His Community

Carpenter bees are a thing, right? Maybe that partially explains this carpenter’s interest in beehives. Explaining his unlikely successes takes a little more work.

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