At the 2011 State Leadership and Skills Convention of SkillsUSA the Rockdale Career Academy swept the top spots in every live media category. They earned 17 gold medals at the event in Atlanta. This marks the first time in the history of SkillsUSA Georgia that one school won first place in every live media event. The chapter also set a school record by crowning 13 state champions. Instructor James Dinsmoore stated that “We are certainly very proud of all our students. They have been working very hard on this competition for several months.”

Winners from the events sponsored at the national level will need to raise $800 to travel to Kansas City in June to compete with state champions from all over the country. The RCA students heading to Kansas City for the Nationals in June are:

Arsenio Archer – Audio / Radio Production
Mike Bodine – Broadcast News Production
Shavonn Bennette – Broadcast News Production
Camryn Bradley – Video Product Development
Mark Cisco – Television Production
Mandy Dinsmoor – Pin Design
Jason Gellman – Audio / Radio Production
Mattison Lakstigala – Broadcast News Production
Devin McPherson – Television Production
Amanda Moreno – Prepared Speech
Chase Sickler – Video Product Development
Karley Wilson – Broadcast News Production

Other students who participated at the state conference:
Remington Bayley, Derek Boyd, Maiah Chambers, Christopher Cole, Christina
O’Neal, Kendrea Pitts, Akin Robinson, Saige Rowe, Alex Sibert, Jeff Tindi, Kayla
Watson, Jalynn Wilford, Whitney Winfield.