Let’s all root for Amela Mujkic, a Ferris State University (FSU) senior who will represent the U.S. in Printing Technology at the biannual WorldSkills competition in Calgary, Alberta, in September. It’s the first time ever that a student from the U.S. will compete in printing at the international level. Mujkic, who earned the title of National Champion in Printing Technology in the SkillsUSA competition last spring, is training for the event with the help of Heidelberg, a staunch supporter of SkillsUSA and of print education in general. To prepare for the world-class event, Mujkic is completing an intensive, two-week Print Media Academy (PMA) training class at Heidelberg’s Print Media Demonstration Center (PMDC) in Kennesaw, GA. There’s a lot to prepare for. Among other things, the student contestants will be required to produce a five-color job on a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 press—four colors in one pass with a fifth in the second pass—while demonstrating proficiency with manual ink keys, feeder and delivery settings, and sheet pulls. They also must able to spot color variations to within 2 Delta E and cut their own paper from 28" x 40" to 14" x 20" sheets on a POLAR guillotine cutter. At the PMDC, Mujkic has received dedicated, hands-on training in all the areas in which she’ll be tested. At Ferris, she’s pursuing a bachelor of science degree in print management and new media printing and publishing. Her goal is to become a trainer or technical representative at a printing company. Bravo and the best of luck to Amela, and a tip of the hat to Heidelberg for all it has done to gird her for this historic competition.