Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2011 SkillsUSA State Gold


On May 1st, Di student Spencer McQuinn took the gold medal for photography by a landslide at the 44th Annual State Leadership Conference and SkillsUSAChampionships in San Diego, CA.  

Students in this highly challenging contest submitted written and photographic portfolios, interviewed with professionals, took knowledge and professional development tests, and completed an on-site photography shoot which included work finalized in Photoshop. 

Spencer, will be the only student from the state of California moving forward to compete in photography at the 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO from June 20th-25th. As part of the award, his conference registration was paid for by the Professional Photographers of California.

This was DATA's first year competing at the SkillsUSA California state conference with a total of 5 individuals in photography and 5 teams in video product development. We look forward to expanding next year!

23 comments:

  1. The SkillsUSA club seemed as a very interesting club, unfortunately I wasn't able to join these last year. From what I heard the judges were very helpful. For my self personally I cant wait tell next year to join these great club. One of many reasons I want to join is because I know that these will help me with my work.

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  2. The skills-USA group is an amazing group. It present many opportunities too anyone who is interested in it. I am looking forward to learning about photography and furthering my knowledge in photography. I cant wait for next year to seize future opportunities.

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  3. Skills USA seems like a really cool and interesting program to join. From what i have heard is that its a program that really helps you improve in what ever your interested in. I also hear that this program has many things to offer you, all the way from photo to audio.

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  4. I remember when Spencer would tell me everyday to join dATA skills USA but I didn't think it would be anything fun. But now I see what they were apart of and i really wish I joined.

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  5. I had to comment on spencer since I think he puts the most effort into everything in DATA. He is going to do a lot of big things in his life because he never quits and is so hard working. And this is just another example of why I think he will succeed. Getting first in a state competition isn't the easiest thing, so props to Spencer for doing him and having big dreams and succeeding them.

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  6. I'm very very disappointed that i didn't take the opportunity to join Skills USA. It seemed like a wonderful chance to grow and expand my skills. i've very eager for next year when i once again have the chance to join. i'll seize the opportunity without hesitation. i feel like it'll make my expand and grow as a person and student.

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  7. The SkillsUSA club looks like a very good learning experience.I did not join but I might this year because it can help you a lot with college and looks good too.

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  8. The trip to San Diego was great! Congrats to Spencer for making the cut for Nationals. The experience was unforgettable and I wish I could Re-Live it. I liked how we were able to get practice with interviews from professionals in the field we in DATA are all aspiring to pursue.

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  9. Im happy to say that being in SkillsUSA was absolutely one of the most challenging yet funnest experiences I've gone through while being here in DATA I loved competing and showing off my work. Im glad it was a CCHS student that walked out of there with the gold medal!

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  10. Cristal GonzalezJune 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    San Diego State competition was really fun and I learned a lot about how to improve my video. I'm really happy for Spencer, I think that he deserved it because he has worked hard to earn it.

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  11. SkillsUSA was a brain busting experience. I Got a glimpse of a real photography job interview. Besides all that I had so much fun i got to
    spend 5 days with my friends and my favorite teachers.

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  12. Stephany MelendrezJune 2, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    I am really amazed of all the work that skills USA have done. Really good job guys.

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  13. I am personally proud of Spencer and his accomplishments. He is beyond his peers and has an eye for creativity that most of don't contain. He is an outstanding performer and deserved his gold medal for all his hard work. Spencer received what was his in the first place.

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  14. This amazing group of students did a wonderful job, with everything! I really appreciate all the time and work these students gave! They did a great job and lead a great group. I'm so proud of all of them and I will always look up to them.

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  15. Well first off I have to thank every one who congratulated me and thank them because if it wasn't for every one in DATA I wouldn't be were I am now in my life so thank you every one.

    This was something I will never forget, and the experience I have gotten from DATA SkillsUSA I will always use to help in anything I decide to do.

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  16. Congratulations Spenc for getting the gold! thats a big achievment not only for Spencer but for our whole DATA program because it shows that we CAN actually be recognized for our skills! I might just join SkillsUSA next year!

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  17. congratulations to everyone who competed in the competitions.

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  18. Being a part of this group was a amazing experience for me and Will remember the good times we had during our trip.

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  19. Congratulations Spencer

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  20. CONGRATS!!!!!!!

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  21. Seeing all the DATA Skills kids work and experiences made me excited to join next year. I experienced some practice going to Ethan Kaminsky's studio. I can't wait to the many competitions and hopefully win some awards or recognition.

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  22. The Skills-USA Group is a amazing opportunity. Seeing all the great things the Skills USA kids have done has really motivated me too do better and take this class seriously. I cant wait till next year.

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