Monday Spotlight: Triplett Tech student to represent state

Nick Pabon

MOUNT JACKSON – A Triplett Tech student who excelled at the SkillsUSA competition will be representing the state over the next year in the national organization.

Nick Pabon, 17, of Mount Jackson, placed first in extemporaneous speaking at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in late April.  He also was elected as one of the 10 SkillsUSA officers who will be representing Virginia next year.

Nick, who is a junior at Stonewall Jackson High School and a first year cosmetology student at Triplett Tech, said he had a great experience at the SkillsUSA competition.

“It teaches a lot about leadership and teamwork,” he said, adding that it allowed him to be around new people and learn new skills.

When he first began in SkillsUSA he said he started with prepared speeches, and then he moved on to extemporaneous speaking.

At the competition, he was also elected as an officer and that means a lot of travel, he said, to promote SkillsUSA. He will be talking about his experience and will be attending leadership workshops.

But speaking isn’t Nick’s only passion.  His love for cosmetology began at a young age when he took a pair of plastic scissors and cut his sister’s hair, he said.

“From there she had a smile on her face and that made me happy and bringing happiness to other people is what sparked that interest,” he added.

His passion is barbering and he said he loves to create faded haircuts for men, and for women he likes to create long, layered haircuts with a blow-dry style.

Nick said family and friends ask him for his advice on new styles when they are thinking about a change in their style.

In addition to his time at Triplett Tech, Nick is a part of the cross country, basketball and track teams, as well as the Interact Club, president of the Chess Club and an officer of the Student Council Association at Stonewall Jackson.

For anyone else juggling a lot, he advises them to keep a planner of all commitments and stay organized. He said he has a paper planner, as well as a planner on his phone to keep track of everything he has to do in a day.

When he graduates, he said he plans to attend Lord Fairfax Community College and then aims to transfer to Georgetown University or Virginia Tech to study entrepreneurship and business. His dream is to open his own barber shop after attending barbering school.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com