The Skills USA State Championships were held Tuesday and Wednesday this week at Hutchinson Community College and Dodge City High School seniors Jayden Miller and Nila Khan became state champions in 3D Visualization and Animation.
The win marks the fourth straight year students from DCHS won the state championship in the visualization and animation field.
"The fact is that this is the fourth straight year we’ve won this title, so of course, we are very proud," said team sponsor and DCHS instructor, Christopher Spindler in a press release. "Winning this competition 4 years in a row shows the quality of students we have at Dodge City."
The team of Miller and Khan are no strangers to winning.
Last year the team won the state title however this year they showed a lot more improvement according to their coach.
Miller and Khan had the highest totals scored ever by a DCHS team in the competition far exceeding any total achieved before by a team representing DCHS.
Despite not competing against 2-year and 4-year college divisions, the score total of 832 by Miller and Khan, would have been high enough to beat teams at the collegiate level.
They faced off against students from more than 40 universities and high schools.
DCHS students didn't just take the championship alone. Coming in second place were teammates junior Crystal Putnam and sophomore Christian Brakey as well.
"This year’s contest tested the students’ ability to create a 15-30 second 3D animated video in which they had to bring to life an inanimate kitchen object," Spindler said. "While stressful for the students to complete in just a few hours, all four of these students really stepped up to the challenge.
"They did a great job and I couldn’t be more proud. I think we could compete for a national award."
As state champions, Miller and Khan are now qualified for the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.
The conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky, and runs from June 19-23.
The event has more than 16,000 participants along with teachers and business partners, that is a showcase of career and technical education students.
"In the past it has been too expensive to send our winners to Kentucky where they hold the competition," Spindler said. "However, we are hoping for some sponsors to step up to the plate and help these two deserving young students do something that could bring national recognition to Dodge City High School for the things we are doing academically."
If there is anyone interested in contributing financial support to help send the state champions to the national tournament, contact Spindler at the Dodge City High School or call 620-227-1611.