Wanda Pratt (left), aka “Mama Durant,” the mother of Thunder Basketball star Kevin Durant, and Linda K. Neal (right), president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, present an Outstanding Mentor Award to Skylar Pece, a volunteer with the Tulsa Tech chapter of SkillsUSA, during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)
SkillsUSA, Tulsa Tech
Skylar Pece of Tulsa has been named the outstanding mentor for the Tulsa Tech chapter of SkillsUSA, a national professional student organization dedicated to providing students with opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and citizenship skills. The organization serves students ranging from high school to college who are interested in pursuing careers in trade, technical and skilled service jobs.
“Skylar has been a young lady that has embodied the true meaning of a mentor,” said Tulsa Tech Criminal Justice Instructor Richard Stewart.
Pece, a student at Tulsa Tech-Peoria branch, began volunteering with SkillsUSA Forensics and Security students in 2014. Since then, she has dedicated more than 60 hours alone mentoring pre-K to sixth-grade students at Hawthorne Elementary School in Tulsa.”Skylar is a natural in connecting with the students,” Stewart said. ”This young lady sees each life as precious.”
Along with mentoring students, she also had put on drug-awareness presentations, coordinated the box-tops-for-education drive, read to students and helped coordinate the Angel Tree Project for the schools pre-K class.
“Skylar is extremely motivated and driven to make a long lasting impact in the lives of the students she mentors,” Stewart said. “She is a true example of the love and peace that will affect lives for years to come.”