Metro Tech student selected to sing at leadership conference

Evelyn Morales singing

Metro Tech student selected to sing at leadership conference
Metro Tech student Evelyn Morales sings at SkillsUSA conference

OKLAHOMA CITY – Student, Evelyn Morales will sing the national anthem at the SkillsUSA Grad Night on May 26th which is a celebration of all SkillsUSA graduates. Her pre-recorded video was chosen from about 50 SkillsUSA member applications through an audition process.

Evelyn, studying law enforcement at Metro Tech and a senior at Northwest Classen High School, will also sing at the SkillsUSA National Virtual Recognition Ceremony on June 26th, said Karen Kitzel, Office of Communications at SkillsUSA in Leesburg, VA. Approximately 16,000 are expected online.  

Because the conferences are live online, her pre-recorded national anthem will air. “Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of numerous state conferences, the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was canceled,” she said. The annual conference is normally held in Louisville, KY and typically draws over 18,000 people during the conference week.  

The director of the Oklahoma SkillsUSA invited Evelyn to sing at the 2019 SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Conference from a video sent by her teacher. After that rewarding experience, she auditioned for the 2020 state and national conference with the help of her Metro Tech teacher Amanda Eastridge and student organization coordinator Bonnie Logan who were thrilled to coordinate her recorded vocal performance from Metro Tech’s campus.

Each conference has their own panel of judges who rate and select a singer. “The national conference has been selecting an anthem singer for about 10 years,” said Kitzel. “They are evaluated and ranked by a staff panel using a rubric. Both events will be shared on SkillsUSA’s social media channels and everyone is encouraged to watch and participate in these events that will air live.”

Amanda Eastridge said “After graduation, Evelyn plans to pursue a career in law enforcement with the Oklahoma City Police Department.”

Metro Tech’s Law Enforcement Officer Prep program prepares students for careers in public safety or law enforcement. An introduction to basics law enforcement through courses in police fundamentals, defensive tactics, technical investigation and criminal law. In addition, students receive training in emergency telecommunications, equipment and weapons, and ethics and professional behavior.

Areas of gainful employment are in security personnel, security officers, detention officers, among others.

Metro Technology Centers has four campuses offering full time career training programs and customized business training solutions that has been contributing to Oklahoma’s economic workforce since 1979.