Students at Forbes Road Career & Technology School have the skills to join the Future Business Leaders of America, the world’s largest professional and technical student organization, which helps them develop their leadership skills.
Those skills were on full display April 11-13, when three Forbes Road students won a state championship in 3D animation at the FBLA’s annual leadership conference in Hershey.
“They are now qualified for the national competition, which will take place in Chicago in late June and early July,” said George Karnbauer, computer networking and security instructor and FBLA adviser at Forbes Road.
The student team of Tia Moran from Gateway, Conner Whyel from Highlands, and Austin Gutshall from Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf had to create an animated 3D video promoting a class at their school. They chose Karnbauer’s computer network security class.
“I really enjoyed working as a team,” said Moran, 18, of Monroeville. “I usually work individually, so it was definitely a change to work with other people, and that’s good because you learn so much from the other person.”
The team relied on Whyel, who used Blender animation software before he started taking classes at Forbes Road.
“I was in it before I came here, and I got really good at it,” he said.
Karnbauer said the team had to create a video of around 2 minutes and submit a documentary about the creation process.
“They decided to base the video on commercials from the 1950s, where someone has a problem, it’s solved, and their desire to learn what the history of the video is like,” he said. declared.
Gutshall said the team’s hard work to win made him proud.
“After spending so much time on the details, to see it come together and have a finished product that we could be proud of was really awesome,” he said.
Moran said having Gutshall – and therefore an interpreter – on the team provided an additional learning element.
“We had to learn how to communicate effectively with Austin,” he said.
“That was a big part of that: the students are learning to work together as they are used to doing projects on their own.”
When the team returned to Monroeville, school officials held an impromptu parade to welcome them home with emergency and fire vehicles.
Moran said the experience taught him a lot, beyond its technicalities.
“It makes you grow as a person, and I’ve made friendships through this team that I otherwise wouldn’t have had,” she said.