Duanesburg High School junior Aidan Enders is one of five high school students from across New York vying to be president of the New York State SkillsUSA organization.
He’ll be in Syracuse April 24-26 for the several-thousand-student organization’s annual competition and state election.
Aidan, who studies diesel technology at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) School in Albany, is president of that school’s SkillsUSA chapter.
“I loved being involved in SkillsUSA at the local level,” Aidan said. “The work of the current (state) president has really impressed me, and I decided I want to be up there like him, leading from the front.”
SkillsUSA is a local, state and national organization devoted to empowering its high school and college student members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens while also ensuring that America has a skilled workforce.
According to Aidan, “SkillsUSA is a great organization and is addressing major issues we face in this country. I am interested in traveling the country and going all over with Skills, meeting new people in all of the industries and helping to advance the goals of the organization,” he said.
As to his future outside of high school, Aidan, a volunteer firefighter, said he is debating whether to attend college to expand his knowledge of diesel technology or attend college to become a professional firefighter/paramedic.
“I like all the diagnostics, trying to solve a problem, and I like the hands-on work – you are always up and moving and working, you aren’t just sitting down,” he said of his attraction to a career in diesel technology.