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MHS alumni competes at college level for SkillsUSA

May 14, 2024 09:00AM ● By Verlene Johnson

Tyson Turner - MHS Alumni, and award-winning designer.

Recently two students at Morgan High School made it to Nationals for SkillsUSA. However, this competition is not just for high school students. MHS alumni, Tyson Turner, who currently attends Davis Tech for graphic design, participated on the college level of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA is an academic competition where students compete in different trade-based competitions. Turner was approached by his adviser to compete in the Advertisement Design category.

Turner showed his skills in both mechanical and creative design during the regional competition. 

For the mechanical portion, students were tasked with replicating a flier to the best of their ability, to match it as closely to the original as they could.

During the creative portion, students were assigned a fictional event and given the freedom to design a flyer for it according to their own vision. 

Turner's blend of creativity and skill secured him the second-place win among nearly 20 competitors which allowed him to move on to state which was held March 29 at Salt Lake Community College. 

Once again Turner was tasked with a mechanical and creative skill.

For the creative portion, students had to make a flier for the Run with the Giants Marathon. They were given an hour and forty-five minutes to make a custom logo and a flier to go with it. “The creative portion for state was a lot easier than regional because we were given a lot more free rein,” said Turner. “We were allowed access to the internet, and to our past work that we could pull inspiration from, as opposed to the limited amount of images we were relegated to for regional.”

After carefully replicating the mechanical flier and showing his creativity in the creative skill, Turner won third place in the state. 

Turner said this competition taught him time management and gave him self-confidence. “I amazed I could create something in a short amount of time,” he stated. “It shows me how much I progressed over the last year while in my program.” Turners plans to complete the Graphic Design program at DTC in hopes of finding a job in the graphic design/social media marketing/multimedia production field. λ

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