PIAG Introduces Students to Print & Graphic Communications Industry

Pressing News,

The PIAG Educational Foundation helped provide real-world professional experience to 24 high school students interested in pursuing careers in the print and graphic communications industry.  
Last week, PIAG led three competitions for SkillsUSA Georgia’s State Leadership & Skills Conference: Graphic Communications, Screen Printing and Advertising Design. The competitions were hosted at Heidelberg USA, Advanced Impressions and PIAG headquarters. In addition, the Educational Foundation awarded scholarships to each student covering the cost of their registration fees and will do the same for the six students who move on to compete at the SkillsUSA national conference this summer in Atlanta.  
Congratulations to those students who earned first, second and third place finishes.
Advertising Design
1. Ella Grace Lawler, Flowery Branch High School
2. Eva Orbock, Clarke Central High School
3. Sophie Feis, Walton High School

Graphic Communications
1. Olivia Daniel, Clarke Central High School
2. Charlie Rozza, Walton High School
3. Pedro Mata, RW Johnson High School
Screen Printing
1. Caitlin Barbarossa, Hiram High School
2. Mahea Bingham, Walton High School
3. Zakierria Palmore, Troup County High School
“Exposing students to the possibilities of a career in print and graphic communications is a major goal of the Educational Foundation,” said Jon Krueger, PIAG President and CEO. “This industry presents opportunities for creative and technical talents, which were both on display during these competitions.”  
We want to thank our volunteers for helping make this event possible:
Randy Richardson, Advanced Impressions
Paul Cavanaugh, Heidelberg USA
Anthony Kircheim, Heidelberg USA
Courtney Linebarger, Heidelberg USA
Allan Lunt, Heidelberg USA
Jeff Powalisz, Heidelberg USA
Jess Gerjets, id8
Ed From, Prepress2print
April Duncan, Scott Lithographing
Lance Tasciotti, Scott Lithographing

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.