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Web Professionals Global was proud to once again participate in the 2023 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 19-23. Web Professionals Global ran the Web Design and Development competition for the 20th year in a row, providing students from a number of states with the opportunity to participate. This comes on the heels of our organization helping to facilitate some state competitions, the winners of which were invited to the national competition. Check out this previous article on how we helped run the state competitions.

As Executive Director, I (Mark) would like to thank Dave, Bryce, Jonathan and Steve for traveling to Atlanta and helping to put on yet another successful competition. This team has been helping with this competition for years, and we are so grateful. We could not have done it without you. 

Jonathan and Steve answer team question

Competition Overview

For those not familiar with how the SkillsUSA National Web Design and Development competition, the competition guidelines were as follows: Teams of two completed a series of challenges focusing on creating a website for a client and a specific target audience. Judging focused on meeting the client’s needs, usability and accessibility, and industry-standard best practices. Teams were evaluated on the process they used to meet the challenges and how well they worked as a team. Teams used the internet to access all competition materials (including the coding environment).

The Web Professionals Global Organization SkillsUSA team provided the students with not only a competitive environment to test their technical skills but also real-world training from real-world professionals and networking opportunities.

The competition was divided into the following days:

Tuesday, June 20:

This was training day when the secondary and post-secondary teams gained some real world training from Jonathan, the Director of Competitive Events for Web Professionals Global, and me (Mark). We talked about the competition, industry trends, and the web design process from concept to launch. 

The competitors were then treated to a lively interactive panel discussion with three local web professionals representing web coding and project management (Angel McCurdy), branding and graphics (Jessica Murphy) and web marketing and entrepreneurship (Shan Thomas). The competitors learned the importance of audience engagement, perseverance, execution and much more. 

Wednesday, June 21:

This was the day of the secondary competition for high school students.

Thursday, June 22:

This was the day of the post-secondary competition for college students. We also held a competition debrief at the end of the day.

Friday, June 23:

This was the awards ceremony at State Farm Arena, where 16,880 SkillsUSA competitors, advisors and event runners all showed up for the big reveal of the winners in over 100 different events. 

Competition Winners

High School

Gold: Carl Omondi/Jean-Paul Metoyer, Carl Wunsche Senior High School, Spring, TX

Silver: Daniel Cardone/Natalia Vazquez, Blackstone Valley RVTHS, Upton, MA

Bronze: Rhys Jordan/Steven Shoen, Meridian Technical Charter High School, Meridian, ID


Gold: Allen Gustrowsky/Brandon Gustrowsky, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

Silver: Eric Nims/Elizabeth Sheba, Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA

Bronze: Kenli Shaw/Michael Vars, Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland, KS

Competition space at the start. We will return to this sort of view at the conclusion of our competition Thursday night

Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the competition. We had an outstanding group of students who all have very bright futures in the industry. In the coming days we will be publishing more articles about the competition, so stay tuned.

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Check out more photos from the competition here