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Printing students receive national honor

August 30, 2000

Printing students receive national honor



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Desktop publishersHEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - There may be concern about whether there are enough skilled workers to fill the rapidly growing number of printing industry jobs in the Tri-State area, but Berkeley County already has two of the best in the country.

Two students studying desktop publishing at James Rumsey Technical Institute won first place in a national desktop publishing contest last month that attracted 117 teams.

"For this small school to do what they did is pretty tough," said Peggy Talley, instructor for the two students.

"It really brings a lot of recognition to the program here," added Abby Reynolds, business education supervisor for the state Department of Education.

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Reynolds came to James Rumsey Wednesday to help honor the students.

The competition was held in Long Beach, Calif., but because Amber Unger and Christian Popescu could not travel there, they were allowed to take their test in Reston, Va., headquarters of Phi Beta Lambda, the business organization that sponsored the contest.

Within two hours, Unger and Popescu had to take a written test and design a brochure for a 5K run at Weber State University. To design the brochure, the students had to use the Internet to download logos and other information from the Coca-Cola company, which sponsored the run, Reynolds said.

Unger and Popescu used the Coca-Cola bears to dress up their brochure, and it received top scores for creativity, shapes, image and legibility, according to the score sheet from the event.

Unger and Popescu advanced to the national competition after placing first in the state competition in Montgomery, W.Va., in April.

Unger and Popescu are students in the office computer technology course at James Rumsey. The course teaches business students how to use computers to make their own brochures, do their own billing and other tasks, Talley said.

Unger, 19, of Martinsburg, currently works at a local bank but would like to get a job in desktop publishing.

Popescu's wife, who is a local physician, just opened her own office, and he is taking the course so he can do medical billing for her in the office.

In addition to learning about desktop publishing in Talley's class, James Rumsey also helps run the Regional Printing Institute to train workers for jobs in big printing plants in the area.

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