Riverside City College Student Wins Silver Medal at National SkillsUSA Competition


(This article was published by the Press Enterprise on July 26, 2019)

Riverside City College student Phuong “Phoebe” Vu won her seventh SkillsUSA medal when she took the silver in graphic imaging sublimation at this year’s SkillsUSA national competition.

Vu, an exchange student from Vietnam, was one of four Riverside City College students to compete in this year’s national SkillsUSA competition held in June at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville

For Vu, the silver medal marked her first time placing at the national competition. She has participated in the last two national competitions, finishing fifth in last year’s competition, according to a press release from Riverside City College. Overall, she has won seven medals at the regional, state and national SkillsUSA competitions — four gold and three silver — in three years of competing.

In addition to her success at SkillsUSA, Vu has won the annual contest of Riverside City College’s applied digital media and printing program three times; received gold and bronze medals at the Inland Empire American Advertising Awards; received awards from the Graphix Club; and received 12 scholarships while attending Riverside City College.

“I am very proud of our CTE (career and technical education) students who have competed in SkillsUSA on behalf of RCC,” Patrick Scullin, associate professor of applied digital media, said in the press release.

“It is especially rewarding to have a student like Vu who works tirelessly to master her craft,” Scullin said in the press release.

Other Riverside City College students who were in the national competition are Kaitlin Thomas, a graduate of Redlands High School, competing in advertising design; Melody Shumate, Citrus Valley Christian Academy of Redlands, in graphic communications; and Alexa Galindo, Temescal Canyon High School of Lake Elsinore, in photography. They each won a gold medal in the state competition.