Congratulations to the winners, and a tip of the hat to their host. Two weeks ago, Heidelberg turned its Kennesaw, GA, Technology Center into a venue for a statewide competition in SkillsUSA’s search for the nation’s rising young stars in graphic communications and advertising design. Heidelberg has hosted the Georgia competition in Kennesaw since 2008, making its equipment and tech support specialists available to the contestants. This year, students from 13 Georgia high schools and technical colleges took part. With the help of a grant from the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG), the first-place winners and their advisors will travel to the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, MO, June 19-24.

The winners and placers were announced at an awards banquet on March 18. More photos from the competition can be found at Heidelberg’s Facebook page.

Graphic communications, from left: Christina Hillman, Effingham High School, Springfield, GA (winner); Robbie Chontos, Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone, GA; Regino Zavalo, Johnson High School, Gainesville, GA.

Advertising design: Yea Jee Bea (winner), Dalton High School, Dalton, GA; flanked by Lawrence Murray, Bradwell Institute, Hinesville, GA; and Alison Bailey, Harris County High School, Hamilton, GA.