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Maryland CTE Student Profile

Amanda R.

Amanda R.

Printing Technologies and Digital Graphics

Thomas Edison High School of Technology

I’ve always had aspirations of using my artistic talent to design characters for television and film.

Amanda Ross, 2013 graduate of the Print Technologies and Digital Graphics program at Thomas Edison High School of Technology, won the gold medal in T-shirt design competition in the SkillsUSA National Skills Competition held in Kansas City in June. After her high school graduation, Amanda attended the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in the Make-Up Artistry Program where she earned a certification in make-up artistry. After earning an additional credential in make-up artistry, she applied and is accepted to the Cinema Make-up School located in Los Angeles, California. There Amanda will study in the Film and Television Master Make-Up program where she will be certified as a Master Make-up Artist and learn the skills required to bring ideas created by writers and directors to life on set and on screen. When asked what motivates her to pursue such a niche career, Amanda stated, “I’ve always had aspirations of using my artistic talent to design characters for television and film.” She credits the Printing Technologies program at Edison and SkillsUSA for helping her to develop her artistic talents further. “SkillsUSA helped me to build my confidence, engage people and hone my public speaking to project a better image.” She also credits her teachers for supporting her goals with both her Print Technologies program and her competition in SkillsUSA. “A lot of work goes into see the projects through to the end. The best was seeing hundreds of people wearing my shirt at the National SkillsUSA competition.” Amanda hopes to bring her knowledge and talent back to Maryland to judge state competitions and to Kansas City to judge at the National SkillsUSA competitions when she has some real-world work experience on television and film sets. I enjoyed the program at Edison and I love SkillsUSA. It was an amazing experience!”


When asked what motivates her to pursue such a niche career, Amanda stated, “I’ve always had aspirations of using my artistic talent to design characters for television and film.” She credits the Printing Technologies program at Edison and SkillsUSA for helping her to develop her artistic talents further. “SkillsUSA helped me to build my confidence, engage people and hone my public speaking to project a better image.” She also credits her teachers for supporting her goals with both her Print Technologies program and her competition in SkillsUSA. “A lot of work goes into see the projects through to the end. The best was seeing hundreds of people wearing my shirt at the National SkillsUSA competition.” Amanda hopes to bring her knowledge and talent back to Maryland to judge state competitions and to Kansas City to judge at the National SkillsUSA competitions when she has some real-world work experience on television and film sets. I enjoyed the program at Edison and I love SkillsUSA. It was an amazing experience!”