SGIA supports print’s future workforce at 2019 SkillsUSA Competition

July 04, 2019
For eight years, SGIA and industry leaders have managed student competitions and provided prizes and stipends For eight years, SGIA and industry leaders have managed student competitions and provided prizes and stipends

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.

“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.”

SGIA 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

  • Henry Coeme, HIX Corporation
  • David Gross, Condé Systems Inc.
  • Aaron Montgomery, Pic the Gift
  • Ray Weiss, SGIA
  • Michael Wickman, 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
  • Tiffany Rader Spitzer, Roeder Industries
  • Lon Winters, Print This/


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