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Kelsey Webb 

Students Take Gold at SkillsUSA National Competition

National Champions! Carlie Losh (Indian Lake), Abigail Watson (Indian Lake), and Kelsey Barney (Riverside) are all smiles after winning the gold medal.

LOUISVILLE, KY- Ohio Hi-Point Printing and Graphic Arts students Kelsey Barney, Abigail Watson and Carlie Losh won the Gold Medal in the SkillsUSA national championship competition in Career Pathways – Arts and Communications at the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) last week.

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 24-25. During the week, more than 6,000 career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Barney, Losh and Watson are 2015 Printing and Graphic Arts graduates. “We are very proud of these girls and all that they have accomplished,” said Tom Carrig, Ohio Hi-Point’s Printing and Graphic Arts instructor. “They have worked hard and applied what they learned in the classroom to the community to help make a difference. This gold medal is extra special because of that.”

In the Career Pathways competition, student teams use the program course of study as the basis of a project that will benefit the competitor’s class, school, community or industry. The project must highlight an aspect of the student’s career cluster training. Upon completion of the project, the students develop a display and use it within the community to explain the training and project.

The Ohio Hi-Point students worked with Logan County Alliance for Community Partnerships and the Logan County Community Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts (C.O.R.E.) to develop a marketing campaign that promoted education and resources dedicated to helping curb the spread of opiate addiction in and around the communities. The marketing materials designed and produced by the students included brochures, pamphlets, displays, a banner and stickers. The printed material interacted with web media and video that was also produced by the students.

Read more about the project here. 

“All of the students from across the nation that participated in the Career Pathways competition are true champions. Their dedication to excellence in their career field and their leadership skills were evident throughout the competition,” finished Carrig.

During the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, communications and cosmetology. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members. For more information, visit

Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point students advance to SkillsUSA National Competition

L-R: National Qualifiers Carlie Losh, Tom Carrig (instructor), Abigail Watson and Kelsey Barney

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Three Ohio Hi-Point Printing and Graphic Arts students advanced to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference after placing first in the Career Pathway Community Service competition at the Ohio SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in April.

Kelsey Barney (Riverside High School), Carlie Losh (Indian Lake High School) and Abigail Watson (Indian Lake High School) competed in the Community Service ‘Arts’ category after an earlier partnership with the Logan County Alliance for Community Partnerships and the Logan County Community Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts (CORE) allowed students to produce marketing materials for a ‘Hope Over Heroin’ campaign in March.

The three students redesigned each marketing and promotion piece from banners, business cards, t-shirts and stickers to literature such as flyers, pamphlets and booklets that were distributed to community residents.

At the Ohio SkillsUSA competition, held at the Great Columbus Convention Center, Barney, Losh and Watson presented the ‘Hope Over Heroin’ campaign to judges, students, teachers and spectators during the Showcase.

“The judges liked that all three of us took an equal share in presenting the campaign and showing the pieces we created that were used to educate residents and make a difference in our community,” said Barney.

In addition to the display of printed materials, Barney, Losh and Watson also incorporated technology into the design with QR codes and augmented reality using the Aurasma app.  After downloading the Aurasma app, users were able to view videos that were embedded into specific pictures of the literature.

“The augmented reality was the biggest thing the judges complimented us on,” said Losh, “they liked how we made the presentation come alive through videos even though we created all print materials. Abby [Watson] did a lot of work on that portion of our project.”

Each student contributed to the success of the project. Barney conducted the research for the project, collecting facts and figures that would make the most impact in the ‘Hope Over Heroin’ campaign. Losh was in charge of the wide-format printing, the board the group used for the presentation and the sticker and t-shirt graphic. Watson produced all the artwork for the literature as well as created the augmented reality videos for the Alliance for Community Partnership and the Logan County Community CORE for the campaign.

All three Ohio Hi-Point students said the best part about winning was, “walking to the stage and seeing Mr. Carrig (our instructor) pumping his arms in the air. For him to be so proud of us was an awesome feeling. He gave us the skills and knowledge to prepare for the competition and we’re happy that we could bring home a gold medal.”

Printing and Graphic Arts instructor, Tom Carrig, said, “I’m very proud of Kelsey, Carlie and Abby. They really stepped it up and put passion into this project. It makes me happy to see they’re learning in a way that’s meaningful outside the classroom. What they’re doing is relevant, important and has value to the community.”

The trio competed against eight other teams and now will compete against approximately 49 teams at the national level.

“To compete at the next level, we’re going to create a bigger board that showcases what we’re doing,” stated Watson, “we’re also going to recreate the factual video that can been seen using the Aurasma app and involve more of the Ohio Hi-Point student body.”

The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is June 22-26 in Louisville, KY, and the students already have an eye on internationals if they come out on top in June.

Barney, Losh and Watson are seniors enrolled in the Printing and Graphics Arts program at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center main campus in Bellefontaine.


About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. SkillsUSA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


About Ohio Hi-Point

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center develops our most valuable resource, people, by providing quality career-technical and academic education programs. Our High School and Satellite Divisions serve juniors and seniors from 14 partner school districts and offer more than 30 career training programs, while our Adult and Continuing Education Division has a strong focus on customized training, providing businesses the training needed to strengthen, and prosper in, the community.

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