SkillsUSA

The PIAG Educational Foundation has partnered with the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) and SkillsUSA Georgia to help develop and administer the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference competitions for Ad Design, Graphic Communications, and Screen Printing. The 2022 competitions will be held on Friday, February 25.

Attracting and developing new and evolving talent for our industry is a priority for the Foundation. We help to ensure that high school and technical college graphic arts programs are supported and that printing career resources are promoted to promising students. To help fulfill this commitment, the Foundation has teamed up with the GDOE and SkillsUSA to reach our next generation of employees.

What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.

SkillsUSA serves more than 333,527 students and instructors annually and has more than 17,489 classrooms conducting SkillsUSA training nationwide. There are 53 state and territorial associations. More than 19,019 instructors are professional members of SkillsUSA. Contestants in the SkillsUSA Georgia competition must first compete and win in a SkillsUSA Regional Competitions.

Learn more about SkillsUSA.

What is the State Leadership and Skills Conference?

The State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC) gives students the opportunity to put their technical skills to the test in over 70 career competitions. Simultaneously, students sharpen their workplace and technical skills in leadership trainings, state officer elections and more.

For several years, Heidelberg USA has hosted the Ad Design and/or Graphic Communications competitions at its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC) in Kennesaw, GA. In 2022, the Screen Printing competition will be hosted by Advanced Impressions. Both Heidelberg and Advanced Impressions provide support staff to assist with the competition.

All competing students complete a job interview process to develop key communication skills. The advertising design competitors are given three hours to compose a logo and advertisement for a fictitious company. The graphic communications students are required to demonstrate their competency in three key areas: prepress, finishing (folding), and digital printing (output and simple VDP). The Screen Printing competition tests similar competencies as well as the job interview requirement.

In 2022, the PIAG Educational Foundation has agreed to award scholarships to offset registration fees for up to 35 students at the state competition and up to 6 students at the SkillsUSA national competition. Applicants are required to complete an application managed by SkillsUSA Georgia. National champions go on to compete in the WorldSkills International competition.

Learn more about SLSC.


Past Winners

Advertising Design

  • 1st Place - Ella Grace Lawler, Flowery Branch High School
  • 2nd Place - Eva Orbock, Clarke Central High School
  • 3rd Place - Sophie Feis, Walton High School

Graphic Communications

  • 1st Place - Olivia Daniel, Clarke Central High School
  • 2nd Place - Charlie Rozza, Walton High School
  • 3rd Place - Pedro Mata, RW Johnson High School

Screen Printing

  • 1st Place - Caitlin Barbarossa, Hiram High School
  • 2nd Place - Mahea Bingham, Walton High School
  • 3rd Place - Zakierria Palmore, Troup County High School

View all 2022 SkillsUSA Georgia winners

Advertising Design

  • 1st Place - John Hill, Flowery Branch High School
  • 2nd Place - Arianna Simpson, Sandy Creek High School
  • 3rd Place - Madalyn Bozeman, LaGrange High School

Graphic Communications

  • 1st Place - Rosalyn Ngyuen, Walton High School
  • 2nd Place - Jacon Hopwood , RW Johnson High School
  • 3rd Place - Micah Allen, Harris County High School

Screen Printing Technology

  • 1st Place - Nick Lobb, Walton High School
  • 2nd Place - Jonathan Saylors, McEachern High School
  • 3rd Place - Daniel Hamilton, Hiram High School

View all 2020 winners.

Graphic Communications

  • 1st place – Rosalyn Nguyen, Walton High School
  • 2nd place – Jacon Hopwood , RW Johnson High School
  • 3rd place – Micah Allen, Harris County High School

Screen Print

  • 1st place - Nick Lobb, Walton High School
  • 2nd place - Jonathan Saylors, McEachern High School
  • 3rd place - Daniel Hamilton, Hiram High School

Ad Design

  • 1st place - John Hill, Flowery Branch High School
  • 2nd place - Arianna Simpson, Sandy Creek High School
  • 3rd place - Madalyn Bozeman, LaGrange High School

View all 2020 winners

Graphic Communications

  • 1st place – Rosalyn Nguyen, Walton High School
  • 2nd place – Logan Dansby, North Atlanta High School
  • 3rd place – Maggie Hamilton, Richmond Hill High School

Screen Print

  • 1st place – Carson Thomas, Troup County High School
  • 2nd place – Danny Vogal, Hiram High School
  • 3rd place – Andrew Chappelle, Harris County High School

Ad Design

  • 1st place – Hannah Ohlmeier, Sandy Creek High School
  • 2nd place – Nolan Gilmore, W. S. Hutchings College + Career Center
  • 3rd place – Brittney Williams, Lowndes High School

Graphic Communications

  • 1st place – Thomas Ireson, Houston County High
  • 2nd place – Jeickob Tinoco, Appalachee High
  • 3rd place – Nicholas Gibbons, RW Johnson High

Screen Print

  • 1st place – Jordan Hoeppel, Greenbrier High
  • 2nd place – Carson Thames, Troup County Comp High
  • 3rd place – Zachary Thomas, Stephens County High

Ad Design

  • 1st place – James Siad, Walton High School
  • 2nd place – Morgan Young, Dalton High
  • 3rd place – Dominique Jones, Kendrick High

Graphic Communications

  • 1st – Cody Brown (RW Johnson High)
  • 2nd – Thomas Ireson (Houston County High)
  • 3rd – Madison Hanna – (Liberty College and Career Academy)

Screen Print

  • 1st – Lauren Arthur (Greenbrier High)
  • 2nd – Cassidy Garon (Hiram High)
  • 3rd – Ben Griffin (Walton High)

Ad Design

  • 1st- Grace Chauta (Veterans High)
  • 2nd – Bailey Baker (Richmond Hill High)
  • 3rd – Zack Lowder (Grayson Technical High)

Graphic Communications

  • 1st – Ezekiel Moore (Harris County HS)
  • 2nd – Cody Brown (RW Johnson High School)
  • 3rd- Daniel King – (Liberty College and Career Academy)

Screen Print

  • 1st – Sarah Bauman (Walton HS)
  • 2nd – Marcdrevious Flagg (Troup County HS)
  • 3rd — Ishmail Harrison ( Hapeville Charter Career Academy)

Ad Design

  • 1st- Kelli Cadena (Carroll College and Career academy)
  • 2nd – Georgia Bronson (Dalton HS)
  • 3rd – Kortney Spradlin- Troup Co HS

Graphic Communications

  • 1st place – Ashley Purdue – Troup County Comprehensive HS, Lagrange GA
  • 2nd place – Ezekiel Moore – Harris County High School, Hamilton GA
  • 3rd place – Helen Smith – Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone GA

Screen Print

  • 1st place – Sarah Baumann – Walton High School , Cobb Co
  • 2nd place – Joseph Stargel – Hiram High School, Paulding Co
  • 3rd place – Devin Goodman – Harris County High School , Hamilton, GA

Ad Design

  • 1st place – Sydney Freeman – Maxwell High School Of Technology, Lawrenceville GA
  • 2nd place – Abby Smith – Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill Ga
  • 3rd place – Chidera Obinali – Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone GA