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Kingsley High School Student wins State Pin Design Competition; will Compete at Nationals in June

Updated: May 22

Amelia Clair, left, and her teammate.

Congratulations to KHS senior Amelia Clair, who recently won the state SkillsUSA pin design competition! Her outstanding design was selected from dozens of entries submitted by design students from across the state. As the state champion, Amelia's pin will now represent Michigan at the national SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta this June.

SkillsUSA is a renowned workforce development program and competition that serves thousands of career and technical education students across the United States. It provides a platform for students to showcase their skills and gain valuable industry experience.

Amelia has been honing her graphic design skills at the Traverse City North Ed Career Tech Center (CTC) for the past two years. This spring marked her debut in the SkillsUSA competition, making her victory even more remarkable.

"It was a lot of fun. When I was designing this pin, I asked around to friends and family to find out what they think represents Michigan. I've lived here my whole life, and I wanted to represent more than just the Great Lakes. The eye of the bear will be an LED light and is also a star, plus, I featured Detroit, the Northern Lights, and more."

Amelia will attend Northern Michigan University in the fall and plans to minor in graphic design and pursue a major in ironworking.

"I want to be a blacksmith. I want to end up creating custom blades and jewelry. The graphic design part of that will come in because you're working with clients and working to make something unique," said Amelia.

Her pin design will be on display at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Atlanta June 24-28. Good luck, Amelia!

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