SkillsUSA Champions Summer 2012 : Page 14

Kim Benitez Alvarado (Winter 2004) attended the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating with honors. She and her husband serve as youth pastors in McKinney, Texas. Her work with teens has inspired her to pursue a law degree beginning this fall. Brittiany Austin (Summer 2004) is pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati, hoping to be a social worker. A medical coordinator for at a company that serves those with developmental disabilities, she says the “love of her life” is daughter Brielle, 2. John Abreu (Fall 2004) went to Stony Brook (N.Y.) University before joining Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he holds several professional registrations. Abreu is on the business advisory board of Suffolk County Community College and on the committee of Long Island Cares. Holly Petersen (Winter 2008) is at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., where she’ll get a degree in exercise science. Having toured nine times with school choirs, Petersen says SkillsUSA helped her “adapt a spirit of flexibility in the challenges I encounter.” Tanya Quinn (Winter 2009) graduated from Utah Valley University’s culinary program. When not busy with her young son, she can be found catering luncheons, weddings and film productions. Quinn also does improv comedy. SkillsUSA opened the door to her being offered a faculty position at UVU, she says. Lowell Rose (Fall 2009) studies broad-cast meteorology at Mississippi State University in Starkville. He works part time as assistant to the university’s associate director of housing. The Richmond, Va., native made local TV news after appearing on our cover. Paul Satyanathan (Spring 2010) is a full-time student at the University of Findlay in Ohio. He is currently working on a degree in physical therapy. While in school, he has a part-time job at a restau-rant in nearby Tiffin. • 14 SkillsUSA Champions Summer 2012

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