the Inkblot

McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

From+left%2C+math+teacher+and+SkillsUSA+advisor+Scott+Stengele%2C+rising+senior+Erica+Sammarco+of+Colts+Neck%2C+rising+senior+Grace+McCaffrey+of+Middletown%2C+and+recent+graduate+Karoline+Winzer+of+Matawan+attend+SkillsUSA+Nationals+in+Louisville%2C+Kentucky.
From left, math teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Scott Stengele, rising senior Erica Sammarco of Colts Neck, rising senior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown, and recent graduate Karoline Winzer of Matawan attend SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

From left, math teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Scott Stengele, rising senior Erica Sammarco of Colts Neck, rising senior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown, and recent graduate Karoline Winzer of Matawan attend SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Courtesy of Grace McCaffrey

Courtesy of Grace McCaffrey

From left, math teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Scott Stengele, rising senior Erica Sammarco of Colts Neck, rising senior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown, and recent graduate Karoline Winzer of Matawan attend SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Allie Beekman

Recent CHS graduate Karoline Winzer of Matawan and rising seniors Grace McCaffrey of Middletown and Erica Sammarco of Colts Neck attended the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky along with math teacher and SkillsUSA adviser Scott Stengele.

The competition took place from June 25 to 30. Winzer competed in Advertising Design while McCaffrey and Sammarco competed in Web Design.

For Advertising Design, Winzer participated in one of the longer competitions of the conference.

My competition in Advertising Design consisted of a total of four days and four sections,” Winzer said. “During the first day we took a written test consisting of both multiple choice and open-ended questions. The mechanical portion on day two consisted of a period of about three hours.”

Winzer said that she found these two sections the hardest out of the four.

“I realized, especially on the mechanical and written tests, that I did not know as much as I thought I did about design,” Winzer said. “Overall, the art programs I’ve been in, though they were downright amazing, did not focus exclusively on the technique behind design and the design programs.”

Sammarco and McCaffrey took place in the two-day Web Design competition. Though shorter than Winzer’s competition, Sammarco said the Web Design competition at the NLSC differed greatly from the SkillsUSA state competitions.

“The state competition was really in [our] comfort zone,” Sammarco said. “It was very similar to what we had done in class and we felt highly prepared to succeed. At the national level, the code was extremely heavy in JavaScript, a language neither of us are very familiar with.”

While they found the competition difficult, Sammarco said that attending the NLSC still proved rewarding.

“We learned a lot about working under pressure and having to figure out new code on the spot,” Sammarco said.

Regardless of length or area of competition, all three competitors utilized their knowledge and experience from CHS and translated it to their respective competitions. Sammarco attributed this to CHS’s emphasis on both coding and design.

“A lot of our competition was purely coders who mainly work on the back end,” Sammarco said. “Due to our knowledge of design, marketing and public speaking, I think we performed a little better on the design and interview portions.”

Winzer said CHS is the main opportunity that allowed her to attend the NLSC competition.

“During the creative portion, I used Mrs. Ortner’s very good advice not to overthink and just to do,” Winzer said. “Overall, CHS has given me a very good foundation in programs, knowledge and the value of design work. I definitely owe my path to nationals to the school and all it has taught me.”

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    AP Calc to use alternating classes for seniors, juniors

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Seniors certified after years of career technical education

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Ho, Burgi and Trentalange elected presidents

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Marshall rules the school as the 2018-2019 SGA president

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Rising sophomore, junior and senior classes elect new councils

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    Photo Slideshows

    Color Wars 2018 in Photos

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Pink Team pounces to win Color Wars

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    Club News

    DV Club hosts ‘Unlucky 13’ film festival

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Juniors take new standardized science test

  • McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference

    News

    Selected students attend Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit

The News of Communications High School
McCaffrey, Sammarco, Winzer attend National SkillsUSA Conference