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Florida Skills USA 2014 Conference in Pensacola …

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Back in April, I was asked to judge the Photography section at the Florida Skills USA Conference 2014 that was held at the Bay Centre and other areas in Pensacola. I had done this several years ago and enjoyed seeing all of the creative photography from the students from around the state. I have always been a believer in a vo-tech education for the main reason that when these students graduate they have the skills and ability to do a job. I was also hired to take photos at the Hospitality Party held before the awards banquet at the Bay Centre. The night that the awards ceremony was held happened to be the night that Pensacola had that torrential rain and ended up receiving something like twenty-four inches of rain in eight hours. But that is another story in itself and I won’t go into you with it here. I have a lot of photos to show and I am not going to bother identifying them. So here we go …


IMG_8294  Tyler and Joey at Front Desk _ SFW

Dancers and Speakers _ RTP _ SFW

Hospitality Groups 2 _ RTP  _ SFW

Candids _ H _ RTP  _ SFW

IMG_8339  Stage Set Up _ Lucis _ SFW

IMG_8347  Fisherman 1_ Lucis _ SFW


IMG_8348  More Stage Show _ SFW

IMG_8349  More Dancing Sea Animals _ SFW

IMG_8364  Stage Dancers  _ Lucis_ SFW

IMG_8363 Stage Dancers 2_ Black Light Only _ Lucis _SFW

IMG_8353  Dancing Sea Animals 1 _ SFW

Now, this is just the first ten minutes of the award’s show!  The theme was a Sponge Bob underwater / chorus line / Broadway musical type show.  Those are just my words … whatever phrase you used to describe the extravaganza is up to you.  Call it whatever you want, but you’d  have to agree that it was Impressive!  I felt that I was in New York City  on Broadway … not in downtown Pensacola in the middle of the worst down-pour that the city had seen in over a hundred years.  Next up are some photos of the winning groups.  There were over two hundred of these groups, so I have chosen a few random of them to give you an idea of what went on that night …

IMG_8393  Firefighting  _ Good _ SFW

IMG_8404  Automotive Refinishing _Good_SFW

IMG_8450  Diesel Equipment Repair _Good_SFW

IMG_8500  TV_Video Production _Good_SFW

IMG_8502  Customer Service_Good_SFW

IMG_8519  Photo Winners Best _ SFW

The above  photography group is the one that I worked with.  The photos that these students produced and created was really incredible … I wish that there was a program like Skills USA back when I was in school back in the late 1960’s and 70’s.  And now my favorite photo of winners on the podium …


IMG_8538 Unknown _ SFW_ Best

This photo reminds me of that image of ex-president Nixon getting on the helicopter and flashing the ” V – sign ” for ” Victory ” when he had left office at the White House.  Like I mentioned earlier, there were over two hundred of the group winners that night and I just selected a few to post here.  Skills USA has a link that you to see what they do and I believe that you can access Florida Skills USA through this site.  You can reach them at Pensacola State College since they sponsor all of their functions / meetings.  If you have any questions, I can give you contact information if you contact me through my site.  I am not affiliated with them, I do know who can can get in touch if you have any questions or comments.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank