Something’s in the Air at Forsyth Tech: Broadcasting Students Win National Awards—Again

Eight Forsyth Tech Broadcasting and Production Technology (BPT) students completed a trifecta at the SkillsUSA 2016 National Conference in Louisville, KY last month, taking Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in all three contests in which they were competing:

  • Nathan Rumley and Katherine Needham took Gold in TV/Video Production, the first Gold Medal Forsyth Tech students have earned at the national level in this category. Here is a link to the team’s winning entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYCwYJlO_Mg&feature=youtu.be
  • Matt Bruner and Logan Pardue won Silver in Audio/Radio Production. This is the fifth time Forsyth Tech students have competed and won a medal at the national level in this category. Here is a link to the team’s silver medal entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY9Fy-5oDEs&feature=youtu.be
  • Jennifer Blankenship, Jennifer Wright, Kayla Caldwell, and Donte Dykes took home the Bronze in Broadcast News—the second time BPT students have won a bronze medal during the national conference. (A link to this entry is not yet available.)

“These students worked extremely hard preparing for this competition,” says Amy Davis-Moore, Program Coordinator for Broadcasting and Production Technology. “Between the time of the state competition in April and the national competition that was held in late June, BPT students met with instructors for practice, rehearsal, and ‘mock’ competitions.

“I could not be more proud of the dedication and seriousness that each of these students brought to this competition.”

The SkillsUSA National Conference is one of a number of different industry-related competitions in which Forsyth Tech students can participate. This event serves as an annual showcase for the best SkillsUSA students across the nation who are interested in pursuing careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Each year, contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, with only state winners advancing to the national competition. At this year’s National Conference in Louisville, more than 6,000 state contest winners competed in around 100 categories, working against the clock and contestants from other schools to demonstrate their expertise.

“These medals not only reward our students for their excellence, but they demonstrate the quality of instruction they are receiving through our program thanks to the talent, enthusiasm and competitive nature of our BPT instructors. This is one way we prepare our students to enter the workplace with the skills and education needed to succeed.”

Since 2012, Forsyth Tech Broadcasting and Production Technology students have won a total of 10 National SkillsUSA awards.

This is the second time in the past two weeks that Forsyth Tech students have been recognized at the national level. Late last month, a team of Nanotech students took first place in a National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge in Arlington, VA for their application of nanotechnology to the development of an energy-efficient solar greenhouse.

Winning students
Natham Rumley (left) and Katherine Needham won Gold in TV/Video Production.

Winning students
Matt Bruner (left) and Logan Pardue won Silver in Audio/radio production.

wining students
(Right to left) Jennifer Blankenship, Jennifer Wright, Kayla Caldwell, and Donte Dykes took home the Bronze in Broadcast News.