Leesburg, Va. — Bruce Gray, of Cleveland, Texas was recognized by SkillsUSA with an Honorary Life Member award during the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 24.
The philosophy of the retired SkillsUSA Texas instructor and state trainer is that attitude makes all the difference. Gray, a cabinetmaker by trade, became a key supporter of SkillsUSA Texas. He worked to inspire success in each student he taught for over 20 years, helping to shape and mold the face of SkillsUSA Texas leadership as the state officer trainer, national officer candidate trainer and national conference delegation coordinator. Gray’s cabinetmaking students at Cleveland High School won first place in the state contest four times and placed in the national top 10 twice. At the state level, Gray trained 34 national officer candidates, with 33 of them earning a national officer role. He had nine state officers, eight of them named as the state president. Additionally, he served as a district-level officer trainer and district delegation coordinator. Gray says he truly enjoyed being an educator and watching students persevere to grow and find their own success stories. Gray still volunteers with SkillsUSA as his schedule permits.
“Bruce has been successfully involved with SkillsUSA on the local, state and national level,” said Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA. “He is the first to say his involvement has been life changing and rewarding for himself as well as our students.”
Honorary Life is the highest honor SkillsUSA bestows and is reserved for those who dedicate service to the organization over a long period of time. Recipients receive a plaque and their name is recorded in SkillsUSA’s official history.
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