LISBON, Ohio - With a high-energy, flashing lights awards ceremony, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center celebrated the achievement of students participating in its Skills Organizations and Challenge Cup competitions on Friday afternoon. Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello points out high school juniors and seniors might lose focus the week before the holiday break, but the CCCTC skills competition gives them something different to challenge them throughout the week. Students were tested on their knowledge, presented projects and earned points for the skills they have gained so far this year at the CCCTC. Classmates screamed and applauded for their friends, and several received high fives on their way to the medal stand on stage. To make the competition even more entertaining, students in the leadership skills competitions, which can be entered in addition to career-based competition, earn points for their career program team. This year, it was the interactive multimedia program taking the cup with 64 points, and information technology, led by Kamdyn Stacey, took second. Stacey participated in all seven of the leadership skills events and, by himself, earned 31 points for his team by placing in several of the events he entered. He gave a prepared speech and two demonstrations. He designed a billboard on the fly to enter the seventh competition. And that it's OK to have ambition and motivation, because in our society today it's very frowned upon.' He said he tried to capitalize on his strengths, the extemporaneous and prepared speeches, where he knew he could do well. He demonstrated how to build a computer and the proper golf swing. He plans to attend Youngstown State University next year and double major in financial management and business. He is interested in a future involving investing and real estate. Many of the students also were wearing long-sleeve CCCTC shirts designed by Leianna Nulf, a Crestview junior whose design was chosen by her peers. Students voted during lunch on three shirt designs, all created by students. Bill Oesch, the instructor of interactive multimedia design, said this was a class project for both level one and level two students, who learn in his class how to graphically design and build logos on Adobe Illustrator. Oesch said creating designs for businesses is a service offered by his program, which gives the students a chance to learn how to work with a customer, including fine-tuning their design ideas to meet the client's needs. Students winning there can go on to the state competition in the spring. Last year about five CCCTC students in health care and cosmetology advanced to the national Skills USA competitions. 'It's just like sports and extra curriculars at the home schools. It's an opportunity to recognize students for all the hard work that they put in.' Pictured at top: Winners in the Job Skill Demo Open competition were, from left, Chris Jackson, Beaver Local, second place; Kamdyn Stacey, East Palestine, first place; and Madalyn Black, Crestview, third place.