Students Participate in Screen Printing and Sublimation Competition at SkillsUSA

Event supports trade and technical career paths.

Secondary and post-secondary students showed off their printing chops at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Students from across the country gathered in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-28 to learn and compete in more than 100 skills contests focused on various trade and technical careers, including printing. 

SGIA supported two industry-related competitions in the Graphics Imaging – Sublimation and Screen Printing categories by coordinating, judging, and organizing $96,000 in prizes and stipends.  

“SGIA is proud to be involved at the level it is with this effort in cultivating the future workforce,” says Johnny Shell, VP, SGIA Print Technology and Training, and chair of NLSC. 

More than 40 students took part in the two competitions, which required participants to cycle through eight testing stations, judged and vetted by SGIA members and staff to align with standard program curriculums.   

Results — Graphics Imaging–Sublimation 


Secondary Students 

First: Mattie Egly, Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Second: Colby Henson, Sikeston Career & Technology Center, Sikeston, Missouri

Third: Mardeliz Flores, Orange Technical College – Mid-Florida Campus, Orlando, Florida 


Post-Secondary Students 

First: Sandra Castaneda, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah

Second: Samantha Killen, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois

Third: Christopher Waldun, Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Georgia 



Results — Screen Printing Technology 


Secondary Students

First: Makayla Buscher, Nichols Career Center, Jefferson City, Missouri

Second: Keiller Middlebrook, Grover Cleveland High School, Reseda, California

Third: Gabe Waldrup, S & W Washtenaw Consortium, Saline, Michigan


Post-Secondary Students 

First: Kyler Kelsch, Dixie State University, Saint George, Utah

Second: James Sullivan, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois

Third: Cynthia Lainez, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, North Carolina



Judges — Graphics Imaging–Sublimation 

Henry Coeme, HIX Corporation

David Gross, Conde Systems Inc.

Aaron Montgomery, Pic the Gift

Syd Northup, Gans Ink & Supply

Erin Nuss, SGIA

Ray Weiss, SGIA


Judges — Screen Printing Technology 

Betty Bassett, Classic Designs Screen Printing

Brett Bowden, Printed Threads

Alan Howe, Saati Americas Corp.

Pierre Jamnicky, Blue Moon Promotional Inc.

Matthew Marcotte, T&J Printing Supply

Donnie Mullens, Fruit of the Loom Inc.

James Ortolani, PolyOne Corporation

Lon Winters, Print This/GraphicElephants.com 



Aaron Montgomery of 2 Regular Guys Podcast


Atkinson Consulting

BBC Industries Inc.

Beaver Paper & Graphic Media Inc.

Conde Systems Inc.

Easiway Systems Inc.

Epson America Inc.

Fruit of the Loom Inc.

N. Glantz & Son


Great Dane Graphics

HIX Corporation

Newman Roller Frames mfg. by Stretch Devices

PolyOne Corporation


Saati Americas Corp.

Shur-Loc Fabric System

The M&R Companies

Wasatch Computer Technologies 


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