The New Jersey SkillsUSA competition has been won this year by three students from County Prep High School. They won for their “Acts of Kindness” project that helped bring people together from its school community in the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more about the three students, Aleena Choundry, Fajrhafza Sohail, and Varsha Santosh Kumar — all who caught national attention for their high school project.
The Acts of Kindness Project
The students presented the project in the community service division of the competition by requesting that their classmates do a single act of kindness over a period of three weeks. Over 1,000 acts of kindness were performed including donating food to a food bank and writing to teachers thanking them for their efforts with remote learning.
Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez shared her satisfaction with the “Acts of Kindness” project and said everyone wanted to find different opportunities to bring everyone together.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Hudson County Schools of Technology has encouraged our district community to find creative and innovative ways to come together in a safe and meaningful way. Aleena, Fajrhafza, and Varsha have done an incredible job showing that one small act of kindness can make a big difference, especially during these challenging times. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and wish them continued success this spring. Their project is a true testament that we are all #HCSTstrong,” Lin-Rodriguez said.
The SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference
The project consisted of a 30-slide presentation that described the work the three students did and also included social media reels. The three students will be heading to the conference this coming June to have the “Acts of Kindness” project be presented nationally.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit national education association. The conference provides for middle schools, high schools, colleges, and post-secondary students. These students hope for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
Michael Grele, the SkillsUSA advisor for County Prep is excited to see the three students perform at the conference in June.
“Aleena, Fajrhafza, and Varsha chose to bring County Prep and ATD together in a way that not only helped boost morale during the pandemic but left a lasting impression on our entire community. Their ambition and dedication to helping others is admirable and gave each of us an opportunity to be part of something bigger. We’re looking forward to watching them compete on the national stage in June,” Grale said.
Stay tuned to see how the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference goes for the three students.