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Nov 9, 2009 Author: Bobby Martin

Bobby Martin, recognized nationwide as a leading proponent of vocational education, will take to the podium on Thursday, November 12, 2009 as a special guest of SkillsUSA Ohio. Martin drives Frank and Dan Parker's Parkertech/Lane Automotive Charger, a 250 mph, 3500 horsepower Top Alcohol Funny Car. The event is the annual SkillsUSA 2009 High School Fall Leadership Conference at the Ohio Expo Center's Lausche Auditorium. SkillsUSA Ohio Director Mike Cowles saying, "We are really excited to have Bobby joining us for the Fall Conference. We will have close to 1000 students present."

Martin, who recently won NHRA Drag Racing's oldest and most prestigious event, the 2009 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, will fit right in with the Conference theme of "Champions at Work - Creating Opportunities." The veteran racer plans to elaborate on that theme with examples from his racing experience.. Bobby will actually address two groups - a meeting of the Ohio T&I Supervisors Group, made up of school administrators, and later the Leadership Conference. "Our State Vice President, Jordan Hammond will be introducing Bobby to the audience," said Cowles. "She is a senior in Automotive Technology at Buckeye Hills Career Center."

The Ohio Army National Guard will be on hand to honor veterans prior to the Opening Session. The Conference also features breakout sessions on various business and leadership topics, a SkillsUSA regional election, and a State House tour and Legislative visits. The High School Fall Leadership Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for High School SkillsUSA students and Advisors. This event is open to all students, advisors and administrators enrolled in High School Career-Technical programs affiliated with SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives; working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

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