SkillsUSA Newbie Turns National Competitor

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DHS Senior Anna Salazar

This time last year, Duncanville High School senior Anna Salazar never dreamed that she’d become a national SkillsUSA competitor. She was a student in her first Career and Technology class, Interactive Multimedia, taught by Jeremy Jameson – an introduction to advertising design, animation, and media technology. Halfway through the course, Anna says, “Mr. Jameson asked me if I wanted to compete in SkillsUSA. I agreed because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.”

Not only did she compete, but Anna took first place at the district level. Moving on to state competition, she placed first there as well. “I was really surprised,” she says. “I didn’t even expect to place at State. So many things went wrong.” Anna competed in the Promotional Bulletin Board category, designing a display that advertised the SkillsUSA theme for 2011 “Respecting All Perspectives”. Letters for her display were packed but accidentally left behind en route to state competition, but  Anna improvised and came out on top. Securing a spot at national competition in Kansas City, she faced 48 competitors from around the country at the end of June.

While Anna didn’t place first at the SkillsUSA National Championships, she did take fourth in her first ever competition of its kind. “It was a fun experience,” she said, “to meet people from other states, talk to them, and see how their state competitions were run.” Anna also mentioned that she plans to compete in the Promotional Bulletin Board category again this year. “Hopefully I’ll place first!” she added.