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SINGER S Model h To listen to Vallejo’s music, visit: www.myspace.com/madelynvictoria • Photos: Lloyd Wolf ince she was 5, Madelyn Vallejo has known what she wanted to do with her life. “Some people want to be scientists or doctors. I want to be a singer and influence people with my music,” she says. Positively affecting others has always been one of this 19-year-old’s goals. As a SkillsUSA member at San Benito (Texas) High School, Vallejo competed on Commu-nity Service teams that became state champions for three consecutive years. They won a national bronze medal in 2009. Her advanced poise and professionalism caught the eye of Barbazon modeling school representatives. After she performed at a talent show, they recruited Vallejo, then 17, as a seasonal instructor for other aspiring models and actors. “I love to encourage people to follow their dreams,” she says. Now, Vallejo is following her dreams. Despite receiving a four-year academic schol-arship, she’s made the decision to put college on hold and move to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue singing full-time. “College will always be there,” she says. “But this is what makes me happy.” Vallejo knows she’s facing tough competition, but she claims an edge: her SkillsUSA experience. “In SkillsUSA, we had to make a lot of presentations, practice all the time, go in front of judges, and the pressure’s on you,” she says. “Knowing I was able to overcome that, I’ll be able to do anything.” — by Tom Kercheval Actor Madelyn vallejo And in Maryland: hile she didn’t join SkillsUSA until a senior at Thomas Edison High School in Silver Spring, Md., Katherine parra Navas put her heart into it. In the national Nail Care competition, her design honored her parents’ home country with a “Bolivian carnival” theme. Until her recent transition to Montgomery College, where she studies political science, the 19-year-old was in a Bolivian dance company (click for photo) . “I’m just so passionate about my culture,” she explains. — TK w A nail artist and dancer Q: What Do YOU Need to Succeed in Today’s High-Tech Classroom? A: Everything YOU Need Is at GOODHEART-WILLCOX! ● ● ● ● Textbooks with proven content Comprehensive instructor’s resources Interactive companion Web sites Dynamic multimedia presentations In print, on CD, or online, G-W products give YOU the tools to succeed in today’s high-tech classroom! • Goodheart-Willcox Publisher 800.323.0440 • www.g-w.com 18 SkillsUSA Champions Summer 2010

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