2005 National Champions


High School winners (teams of two)—front row L to R: Bronze-Jeffrey Cormier and Jeffrey Golenski, Old Colony RVTHS (MA); Gold-Phillip Yang and Greg LaSpina, Bergen County Vo-Tech School (NJ); and, Silver-Kenneth Hughes and John Phan, Sabin-Schellenberg Center (OR). Back row L to R: Postsecondary winners (teams of two)—Bronze-John Steiner and Brian Kenny, New England Institute of Technology (RI); Gold-Jude Billingsley, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MS); technical committee chair Bill Cullifer; and Jason Hebert, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MS); Silver-Eric Thatcher and Wendy Snider, Illinois Central College (IL).

Team Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College And Bergen County Vo-Tech School Win Top Honors At National Web Design Competition 2005

The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) announces that team Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from Perkinston, MS won the Gold Medal award in the college division and Bergen County Vo-Tech from Montvale, NJ won the Gold Medal award in the high school division. The annual event was held in conjunction with the 2005 SkillsUSA National Champion event in Kansas City. MO.

The Web design competition challenged high school and college students to work in teams to build Web sites for a nonprofit agency. Participants documented their progress as they demonstrated their skills in Web Programming (HTML, XHTML and CSS), Web graphics, Web site design and usability, Web site management, project management, Web multimedia and legal issues.

A panel of experts selected from industry and the education Web professional community based their winning selection on the following criteria developed by WOW:

* Graphics: Overall Visual Appeal
* Graphics: Mechanical Aspects
* Design and Layout: Look & Feel
* Design and Layout: Navigation
* Programming: Compatibility
* Programming Code Structure & Design
* Scaffolding of Process – Diagram/Flowchart
* Richness of Process – Interview
* Written Exams
* Professionalism – Interview and Submission

Additional winning teams included:

High School Division
Silver: Sabin-Schellenberg Center Milwaukie, OR.
Bronze: Old Colony RVTHS Rochester, MA

College Division
Silver: Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL.
Bronze: New England Institute of Technology, Warwick, RI
About SkillsUSA

What is SkillsUSA?
A national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

Where is It?
In high schools and college/technical schools. SkillsUSA has more than a quarter million student members annually, organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).

What’s the point of it all?
SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

Who is involved?
Approximately 14,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA on a national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
About WOW

The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage or market web sites. WOW provides education as well as certification, technical, employment and member advantage services to thousands of aspiring and practicing web professionals worldwide.