Since April, Broadcasting and Production Technology students have been awarded state and national awards from SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit partnership of educators, students, and industry representatives committed to serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. Their mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Each year, the organization holds local contests, state conferences, and
a National Leadership Skills Conference—attended by over 16,000 students, educators, and business partners.
At the North Carolina SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, Forsyth Tech student teams advanced to the national competition after placing first in the Audio/Radio, Broadcast News Production and Television/Video production categories. The conference
was held April 26-28 in Greensboro, and had a record 2,656 participants in more than 100 categories.
In June, at the National Leadership Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., over 6,000 of the best career and technical education students across the nation competed against one another in the SkillsUSA Championships.
Forsyth Tech students Rachel Torres and Annie Fuller received a bronze medal in the Audio/Radio Production category. Chimere Moody, Kim Gonzalez, Max Whitehead, and Robert Robinson received a silver medal in the Broadcast News Production category. Troy Hillian and Trevor Tufano placed fourth overall in the Television/Video Production category.
Tufano participated at SkillsUSA secondary competitions in high school as well, prior to competing at the post-secondary level with Forsyth Tech. Over the past two years, he has earned not only awards, but lessons he can apply to his career.
“I’ve learned the importance of cooperation, positivity and confidence,” says Tufano. “Working together is not just, ‘you perform this task and I’ll perform this one,’ but instead it’s about being able to combine efforts through constructive input, critiquing when necessary and bringing the best of oneself to the competition,” he explains.
Forsyth Tech congratulates these students on their fantastic achievements!
Front Row (Left to Right): Kimberly Gonzalez, Robert Robinson, Chimere Moody, Rachel Torres, Trevor Tufano; Back Row (Left to Right): Troy Hillian, Annie Fuller, Max Whitehead