FLINT — The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) has announced a talented group of students enrolled in the Digital Art, Design and Broadcasting program at the Genesee Career Institute (GCI) won gold medals at this year’s SkillsUSA National Skills & Leadership Conference.
Despite the various challenges students faced during the 2020-21 school year, GCI students Lonna Bagley (Mt. Morris), Daisy Miller (Lake Fenton), and Eileeya Niamtu (Mt. Morris) competed as the SkillsUSA Promotional Bulletin Board team in Michigan back in March and won Gold.
And it was just announced that the team has also been named SkillsUSA National Champions of the event!
“I am so very proud of the hard work, grit, and tenacity that each of these ladies demonstrated to finish this competition during a pandemic,” said Michael Crawford, GCI Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor. “They are all the best of the best, and now have gold medals to show for all of their focus, practice, detailed and hard work.”
As part of the contest, teams were challenged to use their creativity to interpret the 2020-21 SkillsUSA national leadership theme, Empowered to Succeed. The GCI team applied a four-step design process including research, visualization, design, and production. They created a bulletin board from thumbnail sketches to finished digital files. Once designed, it was printed, mounted, and assembled. The team also created a formal report about their creative process, outlining the career skills they learned working on the project. They then presented the final product to a panel of judges.
SkillsUSA is a national Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) made up of students, educators, and industry professionals, serving about 372,655 members annually. It empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. It also helps improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. — G.G.