Sweeney takes top honors in statewide SkillsUSA job interview competition

Grand County High School senior Heather Sweeney recently took first place in job interview at the annual statewide Skills-USA competition held at Salt Lake Community College March 23 and 24.

Sweeney will go on to represent Utah at the national Skills-USA convention in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

“I was pretty excited,” Sweeney said, adding that the interview process was “actually pretty fun.” After filling out an initial application in 10 minutes, she advanced to call-back interviews, where she had to face a panel of judges. “I talked about my wiener dog and my mountain biking,” she said. “They also asked me about my goals, and why I would be a good fit for the company.”

Sweeney has had a busy spring. On March 3, she went with several other GCHS students to the annual SHETech event at Utah Valley University. The event consisted of workshops and activities designed to encourage female students to pursue scientific careers. One of the activities was to design a retail store and shopping application, a task that Sweeney said she and her fellow group members performed well.

The following week, March 6-8, Sweeney was one of a dozen GCHS students who participated in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America leadership conference in Layton, Utah. Sweeney competed in the areas of Organizational Leadership and Computer Problem Solving.

Immediately after the Skills-USA competition ended March 24, Sweeney joined fellow students Ryan Reed and Bjorn Nicolaisen in traveling to Cedar City for a Science Olympiad competition.

From March 27 to 29, Sweeney took part in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state conference in Layton, competing in the category of Entrepreneurship. Developing a portfolio and business presentation that involved upcycling milk cartons, Sweeney placed second overall and qualified for nationals, which will be held the first week of July in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sweeney, who will graduate from GCHS on May 25, plans to pursue a degree in civil engineering or business, at either the University of San Diego or New York University. She is the daughter of Dennis and Judy Sweeney of Moab.

Grand had one other student place at SkillsUSA — junior Ryan Reed took third in Technical Problem Solving. Also, at the FCCLA state competition, senior Cade Gill won the third-place bronze medal in Interior Design.

ByBy Jeff Richards

The Times-Independent