SGIA Supports Print’s Future Workforce at 2019 SkillsUSA Competition

Written July 2, 2019

Categories: Apparel Decoration, Digital Textile, Graphics Production, Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019
Contact: Kate Achelpohl, SGIA
703-359-1364
kate@sgia.org

For eight years, SGIA and industry leaders have managed student competitions and provided prizes and stipends


Fairfax, Va. — Last week marked the eighth year the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and industry leaders have teamed up to support students participating in the Graphics Imaging–Sublimation and Screen Printing Technology competitions at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SGIA and its members coordinated, judged and provided $75,000 in prizes and stipends to the secondary and post-secondary student participants.

The two competitions — out of the NLSC’s 103 evaluating students in distinct, hands-on technical trades — each included eight stations to test skill sets in alignment with standard program curriculums.

SkillsUSA 2019“Equipping our youth for success needs to be our top priority and SkillsUSA is leading the way,” said judge David Gross, President, Condé Systems Inc. “I am honored to be a part of this competition and look forward to motivating these participants to continue on the path of excellence.”

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry ensuring America has a skilled workforce. Held for 55 years, the NLSC’s participants represent top career and technical education students, all of whom have won their respective state competitions. The NLSC’s diverse range of trade competitions also includes childhood education, masonry, medical assisting, plumbing and esthetics.

“At the NLSC, you see the kids we’ll have leading this country and, as a father, I think it’s important they have mentors and know someone cares,” said James Ortolani, Account Manager, PolyOne Corporation, a judge who also helped establish the SkillsUSA Screen Printing Technology competition. “Not everyone’s set up to go to a four-year college; some go right into the workplace. What matters is that kids find something that’s ‘theirs,’ that engages them, and they can make a career out of it. That’s why SkillsUSA is really rewarding — it’s among the important things in life making a difference.”

SkillsUSA 2019SGIA congratulates the 2019 NLSC Graphic Imaging–Sublimation and Screen Printing Technology winners and thanks all industry volunteers and donors. For more information or to contribute to next year’s event, contact Johnny Shell, Vice President, Technology & Training, SGIA.

Results — Graphics Imaging–Sublimation

Secondary Students

  • First: Colby Henson
    Sikeston Career and Technology Center; Sikeston, Mo.
  • Second: Selena Quevedo
    Kearns High School; Kearns, Utah
  • Third: McKinnon Colburn
    Harris County High School; Hamilton, Ga.
Post-Secondary Students

  • First: Samatha Killen
         Illinois Central College; East Peoria, Ill.
  • Second: Phuong Vu
         Riverside Community College; Riverside, Calif.
  • Third: Sandra Castaneda
         Salt Lake Community College; Salt Lake City

  • Results — Screen Printing Technology

    Secondary Students

  • First: Shaunna Ford
         Shawsheen High School; Billerica, Mass.
  • Second: Tate Schwarzwalder
         Dixie High School; Saint George, Utah
  • Third: Dalton Brandenburg
         Wausau East High School; Wausau, Wis.

  • Post-Secondary Students

  • First: James Sullivan
         Illinois Central College; East Peoria, Ill.
  • Second: James Mcrae
         Augusta Technical College; Augusta, Ga.
  • Third: Gabriela Peters
         Abram Friedman Occupational Center; Los Angeles

  • Judges — Graphics Imaging–Sublimation

  • Henri Coeme, HIX Corporation
  • David Gross, Condé Systems Inc.
  • Aaron Montgomery, Pic the Gift
  • Ray Weiss, SGIA
  • Michael Wickham, HIX Corporation

  • Judges — Screen Printing Technology

  • Betty Bassett, Classic Designs Screen Printing
  • John Kupka, Saati Americas Corp.
  • Matthew Marcotte, T&J Printing Supply
  • James Ortolani, PolyOne Corporation
  • Dennis Slutzky, The M&R Companies
  • Tiffany Rader Spitzer, Roeder Industries
  • Lon Winters, Print This/GraphicElephants.com

  • Donors


  • Adobe
  • Beaver Paper & Graphic Media Inc.
  • Condé Systems Inc.
  • Easiway Systems Inc.
  • Epson America Inc.
  • Fruit of the Loom Inc.
  • GraphicElephants.com
  • Great Dane Graphics
  • HIX Corporation
  • Newman Roller Frames mfg. by Stretch Devices
  • PolyOne Corporation
  • Saati Americas Corp.
  • The M&R Companies
  • Vastex International Inc.
  • Wasatch Computer Technologies

  • About SGIA

    The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association is a trade association for the leaders of the 21st Century printing industry. SGIA members are bold, driven, creative and riding a wave of technology and innovation. In addition to providing high-quality information and educational resources designed to help move the printing community forward, SGIA produces the leading trade shows PRINTING United (Dallas, October 23 - 25, 2019) and Graphics of the Americas (Miami, February 27 - 29, 2020).