A.W. Beattie, North Allegheny student wins state design competition

Alexis Robinson POW

Congratulations to North Allegheny senior Alexis Robinson who recently won the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Pin Design competition.

Students from across the state enter the competition every year, and A.W. Beattie Career Center Advertising Design students have won for three consecutive years. Deer Lakes' Diana Navarette won in 2019, and Northgate's Mia Recker won in 2020.

"It's a really special accomplishment to have our students get a hattrick in this competition," Advertising Design instructor Mrs. Heather Brown said. "You have to be really dedicated to compete and do well in SkillsUSA, and every year in this competition our students try new things with their designs and push themselves to do the best they can. Just like Diana and Mia, Alexis felt she was onto something special when she began her design and she came out on top."

Each of A.W. Beattie's Pin Design state champions has focused on a different theme in the competition.

Diana highlighted Betsy Ross' American flag with Pennsylvania as a backdrop, and Mia focused on Pennsylvania's abundance of covered bridges. 

Alexis took an outside-of-the-box approach and incorporated pop culture, comics and SkillsUSA's theme of empowerment. 

"It was one of those things where I worked on the design and didn't think too much about incorporating Pennsylvania," Alexis said. "I kept working on it until I thought it was really cool and kind of forgot about the requirements. That was my last thought, and it ended up working out."

With her attention on making the best design possible and not considering the requirements, she didn't know how well she would do.

"I got a text at my practice and was like, 'wow, I did that?" Alexis said. "I was so excited that I walked away from the bowling alley and called my mom right away. So, it felt really good and I was really proud of this design. It's a nice way to end my third year at Beattie."

Alexis plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio where she will major in Business.

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