Oak Harbor High School filmmaking students Skyler George and Tia Fernandez attended the SkillsUSA national final competition in Louisville, KY along with Oak Harbor High School video teacher Chris Douthitt and culinary teacher Mary Arthur.

Oak Harbor High School filmmaking students Skyler George and Tia Fernandez attended the SkillsUSA national final competition in Louisville, KY along with Oak Harbor High School video teacher Chris Douthitt and culinary teacher Mary Arthur.

Oak Harbor High School filmmakers make national top ten list

  • Friday, July 6, 2018 2:48pm
  • News

Oak Harbor High School students Tia Fernandez and Skyler George can count themselves among the top 10 video production students in the nation after competing at the SkillsUSA national championship in Louisville, Kentucky during the last week of June.

To reach the national competition, the pair first had to win the top spot in Washington State. They did so in April.

In Louisville, their production skills were pitted against first-place winners from the rest of the U.S.

The competition included several layers, including completing a full resume, taking a written, professional-knowledge test, dressing according to specific rules and following detailed instructions, as well as filming, editing and mixing a short video under strict criteria and time restraints.

Their advisers, Oak Harbor High School teachers Chris Douthitt and Mary Arthur, could not have any contact with the high school team during competition time and the students were not allowed to discuss their production with advisers while involved in the three-day process. In other words, their production process and finished product had to be creatively their own.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students encouraging them to pursue, and helping prepare them for skilled careers.

Oak Harbor High School culinary teacher Mary Arthur has taken students to national competitions before but this is the first time Oak Harbor video/filmmaking students have stepped forward to compete.

“Skyler and Tia jumped into SkillsUSA early and their talents and skills took them all the way to nationals and the Top 10,” said Douthitt.

“The national event is one of the biggest things I’ve ever seen. The competitions are at the highest level and the experience of attending is second to none. I’m extremely proud of our Oak Harbor team.

Not only were they great competitors but they were spirited representatives for our school and state as well as splendid traveling companions.”

George graduated from Oak Harbor High School in June and plans to pursue a media career in college.

Fernandez will be a senior next year and has already volunteered to put together a video about their experience as a way to promote the SkillsUSA competition to other Career-Tech students and teachers.

Photo provided
                                Oak Harbor High School students Skyler George, left, and Tia Fernandez prepare for their video competition against top teams from throughout the US at the recent SkillsUSA finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Photo provided Oak Harbor High School students Skyler George, left, and Tia Fernandez prepare for their video competition against top teams from throughout the US at the recent SkillsUSA finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Oak Harbor High School students Tia Fernandez and Skyler George finished in the Top Ten video production teams nationally at the recent SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY.

Oak Harbor High School students Tia Fernandez and Skyler George finished in the Top Ten video production teams nationally at the recent SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY.

More in News

Meeting set for Growler impact on historic sites

A federal agency will be holding a public meeting on Whidbey Island… Continue reading

City of Oak Harbor looks at buying, selling land

The city of Oak Harbor has been in the real estate business… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth reducing cost of physical therapy, CTs, MRIs

Prices reduced about one-third for physical therapy, other services

Helping California fire victims

Collections Boutique donating women’s clothes

Whidbey Golf Club board names new officers

Whidbey Golf Club’s board of trustees met Nov. 30 and elected new… Continue reading

Police find pipe bomb in suspect’s car

Police discovered a pipe bomb, an illegal rifle, other guns and a… Continue reading

Need ideas for book lovers?

S tumped for gift ideas for the book lovers on your list?… Continue reading

SAR transports man from Port Townsend

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted… Continue reading

No landing practices scheduled next week at Ault Field, OLF Coupeville

There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at… Continue reading

Most Read