Kennesaw, GA -- At the Print 01 show in Chicago, Bernhard Schreier, Chairman, Heidelberg Drucksmaschinen, and Niels Winther, President and CEO, Heidelberg USA hosted the winners of the VICA/Skills USA contest during a ceremony at the Print Media Academy booth. Winners included Justin Green and Trevor Harwood.
Harwood, from Asheville High School, Asheville, North Carolina, placed first in Graphic Communications, Secondary Schools. Green, from Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, placed first in Graphic Communications, Post-Secondary. This is his third year competing in the event and he has placed first all three times
SkillsUSA-VICA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the Skills USA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of vocational students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.
The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant s score.
The contest consisted of five parts. The contestant was judged on the following: layout and design; film image assembly; plate making; offset duplication; and a written test to demonstrate the ability to solve common graphic communication issues. Each contestant was required to compose final art using a desktop computer and software system.
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