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SGIA Supports the Next Generation of Print (Part 1)

Posted by SGIA Department of Print Technology and Training on 7/13/18 11:36 AM

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving college, high school and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. It’s a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to develop a skilled workforce.

Each year, SkillsUSA hosts the National Leadership and Skills Conference Championships, which features hands-on competitions that test students’ skills in one of over 100 competitions. The 2018 event was hosted in Louisville, Kentucky, where thousands of students, teachers and business partners gathered to celebrate and showcase a series of technical and educational achievements._DSC0541

SGIA serves as the printing industry representative and coordinates the Screen Printing Technology and Graphic Imaging-Sublimation competitions. The committees that organize the competition develop plans to test the most relevant industry practices, where educators and students can employ technology and practices to demonstrate their abilities in a chosen field.

More than 40 students competed in the two competitions coordinated by SGIA, and a group of winners was chosen from the outstanding group of competitors. The winners include: 

Results — Graphics Imaging–Sublimation 

Secondary Students 

  • First: Mattie Egly, Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • Second: Colby Henson, Sikeston Career & Technology Center, Sikeston, Missouri
  • Third: Mardeliz Flores, Orange Technical College – Mid-Florida Campus, Orlando, Florida 

Post-Secondary Students 

  • First: Sandra Castaneda, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Second: Samantha Killen, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois
  • Third: Christopher Waldun, Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Georgia 

Results — Screen Printing Technology 

Secondary Students

  • First: Makayla Buscher, Nichols Career Center, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Second: Keiller Middlebrook, Grover Cleveland High School, Reseda, California
  • Third: Gabe Waldrup, S & W Washtenaw Consortium, Saline, Michigan

Post-Secondary Students

  • First: Kyler Kelsch, Dixie State University, Saint George, Utah
  • Second: James Sullivan, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois
  • Third: Cynthia Lainez, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, North Carolina 


Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Industry Training, Students, Leadership and Culture, Scholarship, SkillsUSA, Education, Academic Connection