U.S. Student to Compete in International WorldSkills Competition in Print Media Technology

LEESBURG, VA—Dec. 3, 2012—Heather Ashe of Chester, SC, and a student at Clemson University, will represent the United States in the Print Media Technology competition during the biennial WorldSkills Competition to be held in Leipzig, Germany. Ashe will compete as a member of the United States “WorldTeam.” The 42nd international event will run from July 2-7, 2013.

Ashe won the right to compete by winning the high school bronze medal in the Graphic Communications competition during the SkillsUSA Championships in June 2010, and the SkillsUSA Championships college/postsecondary silver medal in June 2012. She has also successfully completed other qualifying prerequisites prior to being chosen for the team.

In addition to being an active member of SkillsUSA throughout her high school and college career, Ashe was also a member of the National Technical Honor Society. She is currently active in Clemson University’s chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau Honor Society for graphic communications, as well as Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies. She has also earned three awards from the Printing Industries Association of the Carolinas.

“I was thrilled to be selected for the WorldSkills team. I am glad to have made my instructor and my parents proud, and wish to also make my country proud,” Ashe said. “I have been passionate about graphics since I was a sophomore in high school, and I am super excited to be able to take that passion to the world level.”

Ashe took Graphic Communications classes at Chester County Career Center, under instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Sherry Adams. Both are excited about Ashe’s participation with the WorldTeam. “Ms. Adams almost cried when I showed her my medal at nationals,” reported the champ. “We never expected that something this big would happen after that.”

When asked about Ashe’s abilities to compete internationally, Sherry Adams said, “Heather blends a well-organized, task-oriented style with sensitivity to the needs of our clientele. She has learned to manage her time, work in group situations under strict deadlines, and to recognize the importance of a strong work ethic, persistence and intellectual integrity. I have absolute confidence she will do well in any endeavor she chooses to pursue.”