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PGSF Recognizes National SkillsUSA Champions

This year’s national winners will receive $2500 provided by PGSF.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has again partnered to support the SkillsUSA National Championships, held June 25 to 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Sixteen of the country’s top high school and technical school graphic communications students competed in the national finals for top honors in graphic communication skills. They were among more than 6000 of the nation’s best students who took part in 115 skill and leadership competitions that took place in the Congress Center.

This year’s national winners in both the secondary and post-secondary divisions will receive $2500 awards provided by PGSF. In the secondary division, the first-place spot went to Brady Nachtrieb of Saline High School in Saline, Michigan. The gold medal in the post-secondary group was awarded to Alexandria Melendez of the Collin College in McKinney, Texas. Silver medallion winners James Hovaker (Center of Applied Technology North, Severn, MD) and Jacob Golding (Augusta Technical College, Augusta, GA) will each receive $1750, and Nathan Sallee (Academies of Loudoun, Leesburg, VA) will receive $1250 in recognition of his bronze medallion.

The SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers, and industry works together to ensure a skilled workforce for the future. “The Graphic Communications Contest has our best-trained students being taught by our most devoted teachers,” says Debbie Bohan, Technical Committee member and PGSF Administrative Director.

The graphic communications contest is produced by a dedicated group of industry vendors and associations. “PGSF is pleased to support the ongoing education of the competitors through our awards program,” says Jeff White, Director of Development for the Foundation.

For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, email Jeff White at or visit the site at

A version of this press release was originally published by the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.

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