Submitted by Victor Guidry
Four Caddo Hills students received top honors at the Skills USA conference held at the Summit Arena on April 13-15. Kobie Klein won first place for advertising design, Allie Avila won first place for customer service, and Kaitlyn Goodin and Heather Jackson placed first for broadcast public service announcement.
Klein competed against design students from around the state to design package art for a new retail product. She received a monetary prize in addition to a two year college scholarship.
Her contest took place in the crowded action alley of the convention with competitors and observers coming and going from all directions. A bevy of distractions ranging from carpenters using power tools, photographers flashbulbs, and even csi demonstrations with the flashing blue lights of a squad car surrounded Klein’s work environment. “I didn’t expect it,” Klein said. “I’m scared as much as excited for Nationals.”
Skills USA adviser, Glenda Davis erupted with pride as Kobie’s name came across the PA. “It was so exciting I tripped and fell on one of my students. It was the greatest feeling,” Davis said.
Away from the midway, Allie Avila had less distraction, but an equally positive experience winning best in state honors in customer service. Avila is a member of the Caddo Skills chapter and the National Park Community College chapter.
Avila and Klein have both qualified for Nationals which will be held in Kentucky this summer.
Kaitlyn Goodin and Heather Jackson gained first place honors for their team produced psa. It was a sixty second segment for the Arkansas program Stamp Out Smoking. “I didn’t believe it at first; I was really excited. It was awesome,” Goodin said. The girls earned a banner and Visa gift cards, though there is no post state competition for the PSA division.
Kayla Torbett and Justin Turner placed third in state for Caddo Hills in the PSA competition as well each earning Visa gift cards.
Skills USA is the national organization for career and technology education. The organization encourages the education of students in job skills and career readiness in a large range of fields including computer technology, cosmetology, auto repair, graphic design, broadcasting, culinary arts, and many more. The Caddo Hills Skills chapter is graphic design and broadcast focused.