The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

March 3, 2010

Adamik wins Ohio SkillsUSA design contest

JEFFERSON — Josh Adamik, a junior from Grand Valley High School and a graphic communications program student at Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School, won the Ohio SkillsUSA competition for creating the official trading pin for the state of Ohio. He also won the $300 cash award for having the first-place entry. The winning pins will be sold at the competitions in the spring and traded in Kansas City at this year’s national conference. It is the first time that an ACVJS student has won this competition.

Adamik was surprised when he found out about the outcome of the contest. “When I was designing this pin I had no thoughts in my mind that I would win. Not third place, not second place, but first place!” Adamik said. “I have never won anything like this before. Finding out that I won was wonderful. I am really excited inside!”

As excited as he is at the moment, he may be even more excited when he is recognized on stage April 23 at the state competition in Columbus. SkillsUSA members will trade copies of the pins with their counterparts from other states.

SkillsUSA adviser Suzanne Pratt says she’s very proud of Adamik. “To win this contest is a huge honor, especially for a junior,” Pratt said. “Josh’s design will represent the entire state of Ohio at the Skills USA National Conference in June and will be sought after by many. His pin will end up all over the United States, even Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands!”

Open house, dinner tonight

ACJVS will be hosting an open house for anyone excited to learn about the 22 programs offered for high school students, as well as the career-enhancing courses and classes for adults, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. Members of the school staff will be on hand to answer questions.

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