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Royal Oak High School to receive Kagy Award

Oct 26, 2010 12:00 AM

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Printing Industries of America announces Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak, MI) will receive the 2010 Frederick D. Kagy “Education Award of Excellence” for its success in implementing and maintaining a thriving graphic communications program.

The Royal Oak High School (ROHS) Graphic Communications and Visual Imaging Technology program was started in 2000 at the request of the Royal Oak School Board and high school principal. At that time, the industrial arts and the career and technical education programs at the high school attracted only 10 to 15 students per class period. Once the graphics program was added, 90 students enrolled by the third week. Mike Stinnett, full-time program instructor from 2000 to 2010, was joined by another full-time instructor, Kariann Orth, three years into the program because of its success. The program has currently reached its peak with an enrollment of 215 students within 15 sections taught by three full-time instructors.

The program began with 20 Apple computers, one laser printer, two small color printers, a rebuilt Heidelberg Printmaster 46 single-color press and 1250 Multilith. Currently, the tiered computer lab contains 41 iMac stations, 6 printers, 2 scanners, a Heidelberg Printmaster 46 2/c, a Polar 66 cutter, a Xante PlateMaker, and miscellaneous bindery and finishing equipment.

The program has trained many award-winning students capable of competing at the national level. They've won five National Gold medals at the SkillsUSA national conference; John Litwinowicz has won the last three in a row (2010, 2009, and 2008), setting a new record for secondary education students. Mike Fleming won in 2006, and Meghan Bolye won in 2004.

Most recently, three ROHS students were in Chicago on October 5 and 6 during Graph Expo 2010. John Litwinowicz received his SkillsUSA gold medal presented by Heidelberg USA. Colin Dean, a ROHS junior, received a $2,000 check for his national winning design for the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. His poster and theme will be used to advertise next year's show. His poster was chosen from 140 secondary and post-secondary entries. Jarrad Barrick, 2009 grad, received a $2,000 national scholarship from Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF), in CA.

On a local level, for the last eight years, students from the ROHS graphics program have received cash awards for the North American International Auto Show and Society of Automotive Engineers poster design contests.

This year's Kagy Award will be presented at Printing Industries of America’s Fall Administrative Meetings, November 11-14, 2010, in San Francisco. This forum hosts an audience of industry leaders, including boards of directors and committee members from Printing Industries of America, its Ben Franklin Honor Society, and the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF).