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PrintED® Accredited High School Earns Premier Print Award


RESTON, VA, January 26, 2007... A team of students in the PrintED accredited graphic communications program at Ringgold High School in Ringgold, GA was awarded a Benny, the highest honor given to a high school in the 2006 Premier Print Awards, for its design of a senior prom invitation.

Hunter Sharrock (left) and Amberly Bruce (right) pictured with the Benny award.

The Premier Print Awards, hosted by the Printing Industry of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) is recognized as the graphic communications industry’s largest and most prestigious international printing awards competition. In its 57th year, the annual contest recognizes companies and individuals for outstanding achievement in the creation and production of print communications.

“Benny winners represent the best work that our industry has to offer,” said Michael Makin, president and CEO of PIA/GATF. “This year, more than 5,500 entries were received from 18 different countries, with Benny awards going only to the top entries in each category.”

Greg Sharrock, instructor at Ringgold High School, points out that the students have competed for years in both state and national programs and have won a number of previous awards, including high placements in the SkillsUSA Championships.  For this competition, however, students submitted work as a team rather than individually,” Sharrock notes. “We had 10 students involved,” he explains. “It’s a good demonstration of how teamwork can pay off.”

Sharrock attributes much of his students’ success to PrintED, which has resulted in concrete dividends for its graduates.  “PrintED gives legitimacy to our program, and provides more credibility to the students who complete the program,” Sharrock says.
GAERF Chairman Randolph W. Camp, CEO of Walton Media Services in Monroe, GA says, “The many distinctions being earned by students in PrintED accredited programs nationwide demonstrate the value of the PrintED program. By tying curriculum closely to specific industry standards, PrintED benefits both students and their prospective employers.”


Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, PIA/GATF is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with more than 1.2 million employees. It serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies. PIA/GATF, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information.

About PrintED®
PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation is a national accreditation and certification program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels. PrintED provides a career pathway for students to enter the workplace with verifiable credentials, or to purse further education with college credit already in hand.


About GAERF®
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was created by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies and the Printing Industries of America in 1983. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®).  GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry.  For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF web site at or call toll-free at (866) 381-9839.


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