July 10, 2011 by wcobserver
By Sabra Whittenburg
KANSAS CITY, MO – Travis Goad, a student at Greenland High School, was awarded the Gold medal in Screen Printing, June 24, at the Awards Ceremony of the 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 20-June 24, 2011, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena and H. Roe Bartle Hall, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Working against the clock Travis and the other contestants proved their expertise and ability to prepare screens, register a multi-color design on a manual four-color one-station rotary press, and print a multi-color design on a manual six-color four-station rotary press. Travis also participated in an oral professional assessment and completed a written technical knowledge test. He has earned a successful score in the SkillsUSA Screen Printing Technology National Championships Event and received his National Certification.
Travis was also awarded a set of Screen Printing Curriculum Guide and textbooks for the graphics class, $1,000.00 certificate for screen-printing equipment from HIX Corporation, DeWalt 18 volt cordless drill, The Ultimate Guide and Resource T-shirt Artwork Simplified and other screen printing CD’s.
Over 5,600 students joined in from every state and three territories competed in the excitement of hands-on competition in ninety-four different outstanding career, technical, and leadership fields. In order to qualify for the national competition, the students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships. This was Travis’ third time to qualify for nationals.
The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $35 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. Over 1,000 industry judges participated this year.
Travis said that Sabra Whittenburg, his teacher and advisor, who teaches Graphic Communications at Greenland High School needs a lot of the credit for his success. Ms. Whittenburg is very proud of Travis; he worked hard for this honor.