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Fundraiser to help CHS students attend event

| April 23, 2010 9:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - Some Coeur d'Alene High School students want to take your picture, for a price.

Brothers Scott and Stephen Sturges, and fellow student Brittney Price will be taking family portraits this weekend to raise money so they can attend the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June.

The trio will be taking studio portraits Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CHS commons, and outdoor location portraits Sunday at Tubbs Hill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Portraits, individual or family, will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for a suggested donation of $40 per to the CHS photography program.

The Sturges brothers were invited to the national convention after placing first in the promotional bulletin board competition at the state Skills USA competition Boise earlier this month.

Price took third place in the same category and was selected as a state officer for SkillsUSA, earning her an invitation to the national competition.

The cost for each of the three CHS students and Twitchell to attend the competition, including airfare, registration and fees, is just under $1,000 each.

One other local student, Cameron Schute, a Post Falls High School student who attends Riverbend Academy, took third place in the residential construction competition.

"SkillsUSA is a leadership organization that primarily focuses on the professional-technical areas," explained CHS photography instructor and SkillsUSA adviser. "This includes computers, photography, masonry, auto repair, screen printing, culinary arts, and barbering just to name a few."

Twitchell said the national event attracts more than 15,000 competitors and observers.

The events at the SkillsUSA competitions are all industry run and judged by industry professionals, allowing students an opportunity to know how their work compares to the "real world," Twitchell said.

Information: Bruce Twitchell, 667-4507, or btwitchell@cdaschools.org

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