Success Story: Jackie Davis, 2012 mrWF Scholarship Recipient & SkillsUSA Silver Medalist
Jackie received the Silver Medal for Career Pathways – Natural Resources Agriculture/Food.
Jackie along with 50+ other students at 2012 SkillsUSA Nationals received a scholarship from the mrW Foundation to help with their travel and lodging expenses. These scholarships are essential to assisting students in attending the competition.
Jackie’s letter to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation – July 2012:
I really want to tell you how wonderful you made my week in Kansas City. As soon as I met you, I knew that you were a very special person. I absolutely loved your outgoing personality, and I thought it was amazing how you were able to make everybody feel so welcome and comfortable around you. More importantly, I loved how great you made me feel. I’ve never had anyone pay so much attention to me! After having the wonderful opportunity to go and be interviewed, and seeing how much everyone liked me and how good they thought my idea was, I realized that I really can do something great in life. I thought it was amazing how much you all believed in me. It really put a smile on my face.
When I won the silver medal at closing ceremony, I never expected to see you backstage. I was so surprised when you were there! Seeing how excited you were really pumped me up, and I thought it was funny how you couldn’t cry because you weren’t wearing waterproof mascara. I loved how you walked my team and I through the prize line, and even though there isn’t a Lowe’s in little old Lewiston, I still really enjoyed the gift and the opportunity to be backstage.
I wanted to say thank you to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for giving me the opportunity to have this wonderful experience in Kansas City. I felt on top of the world when I received that scholarship, and it definitely did a lot more than just send me to Kansas City. I met so many wonderful and amazing people. I learned how to be a leader, and how important it is to be skilled and motivated. On top of all that, mikeroweWORKS did one thing for me that means way more than anything else they showed me this week. They opened my eyes to how much potential I have in the world, something I have never seen before. I realized that I can do amazing things in others’ lives, and leave as much of an impact as mikeroweWORKS has left on me. Tina and mikeroweWORKS, I have to say congratulations, because you have changed a life. Keep writing those checks, because it does incredible things for others.
Update – July 2014:
It was very good to see you this year at the SkillsUSA national conference. I want to thank you again for showing me the potential I have in my life. Since we did not get to talk much at the conference, I wanted to tell you how far I have come since we first met.
Currently, I am enlisted in the Army National Guard and travel to basic training on July 29th. While I am there, I will train to be a medic. After my training, I have strong plans to go to a 4-year university, get my bachelors degree, and travel on to medical school and study to become a surgeon. Being in the military will allow me to be part of an association that is just as important to America as skilled trades and industry are. Becoming a medic and also studying to become a surgeon will allow me to become someone who is highly skilled in America’s workforce. SkillsUSA has taught me so much, and has built me into who I am today. I can’t thank you enough for what you and mikeroweWORKS have helped me see in myself. I hope to stay in touch in the future, even as I journey on the next stage of my life.
Bob Medved, State Farm High-Tech Toolbox host sat down with SkillsUSA student and competitor Jackie Davis and asked her about her project which took gold in the 2012 Idaho State Competition qualifying her and two teammates to compete in the National Competition.