Inspire News: By Students, For Students

Purple Pages

Purple Pages

Inspire News: By Students, For Students

Purple Pages

A bike path off of the Skyway, part of the intended Valleys Edge development.
To the Edge Of the Valley
Margareta Grant-Dreher, Reporter • April 15, 2024

Valley’s Edge is a 1,448 acreage housing development that encompasses about 13 miles of land from East 20th street to the Honey Run area. The...

Jaxon Strausbaugh (9), Morgen Resier (10), Zeno Beutenmueller (12), Shania Ruggenberg (11), Quinn Anderson (12), and Zander Renzi (12) working on a photo.
Best year yet for SkillsUSA
Andres Coronel, Comic Artist • February 26, 2024

With the 2024 SkillsUSA Regionals competition coming to a close, results have been revealed for the next batch of State Competitors. This competition...

The boarded up parking lot of the old downtown 7-11 building
Safe Space Shut Down
Elliott Herlihy, Graphic Designer • February 19, 2024

In Chico, there is a clear and present issue with the amount of people that are unsheltered, and oftentimes living on the streets. There are...

Snapshot from security footage during the incident.
Altercation leads to alleged stabbing downtown
Julian Manning, Editor • February 13, 2024

On Wednesday, January 31, at approximately 12:11 PM, an altercation between several Chico High and Inspire students escalated into a stabbing...

Alyssa Christensen (10), Rylee Culter (10), Lily Massa (12), and parent helper Raquel Karach all painting a background for anything goes.
Behind the Anything Goes! curtain
Lilah White, Writer • February 13, 2024

Many naturally crave to see and create arts and theatricals. People star in everything from movies to common high school plays. Many commonly...

Staff Recruitment

Best year yet for SkillsUSA

Nine students advancing to the States competition for SkillsUSA
Jaxon+Strausbaugh+%289%29%2C+Morgen+Resier+%2810%29%2C+Zeno+Beutenmueller+%2812%29%2C+Shania+Ruggenberg+%2811%29%2C+Quinn+Anderson+%2812%29%2C+and+Zander+Renzi+%2812%29+working+on+a+photo.
Andres Coronel
Jaxon Strausbaugh (9), Morgen Resier (10), Zeno Beutenmueller (12), Shania Ruggenberg (11), Quinn Anderson (12), and Zander Renzi (12) working on a photo.

With the 2024 SkillsUSA Regionals competition coming to a close, results have been revealed for the next batch of State Competitors. This competition divides California into 6 reg

ions, Inspire being in Region 4, containing different groups of counties all competing in different CTE skills including Design, Computer Programing, Engineering and many many others. 

As for Inspire students, they competed in Digital Cinema Production, Photography, TV Video production, and Pin Design. Each team within the SkillsUSA club at Inspire had from December 15th to January 17th to prepare and to craft their submission for the Regionals competition, ranging from a 5 minute short film to a batch of 6 unique and creative photos. 

It wouldn’t be until February 14th when each team of two would find out whether they were moving on to the next stage of the competition or be taken as actors/models instead. 

While each team anxiously waited to see their ranking, it would turn out that this year would be the best year for Inspire SkillsUSA out of any year that they have competed! A total of 9 winning students will be advancing to the States Competition in Ontario, California in April.

Zander Renzi (12) and Yamil Nassif-Sanchez (12) took home first place in the region for Digital Cinema Production, followed by Andres

Gavin Newkirk (12), Zander Renzi (12), and Yamil Nassif-Sanchez (12) filming their first place winning film, “Utopia’s Gate.” (Andres Coronel)

Coronel (12) and Solomon Perillo (12) who won second place in the same competition. Quinn Anderson (12) and Lucas Fankhauser (12) get O surprising first place in the TV Video Production competition. Included in the victories were Morgen Reiser (10) with a first place in Digital Photography, followed by Zeno Beutenmueller (12), winning 4th place in that competition. And of course, let’s not forget about Sorrin Blevins (11), obtaining 1st place in the pin design competition! 

It’s clear that each one of these highly skilled students are beyond excited to be representing Inspire so heavily at the States competition this year, where they have a chance to advance further to Nationals in the summer.

Zander Renzi, senior and first place winner, was eager to share his thoughts.

“I was ecstatic to find out that I get to go to States this year, let alone win first place. But this year, knowing what I’m getting into with states makes it all the more suspenseful, with the stakes being higher as it’s my last year at Inspire.” 

Suspenseful is the right word to use here, as returning SkillsUSA contestants are aware of the challenges they have to face. This yearly trip, made up of 4 days, consists of mostly conferences with one to two days for completing their submission. Typically, most competitors resort to pulling all-nighters in order to reach the finish line in time, surviving off of Yerba Mate and In-N-Out ice cream.

Morgen Reiser, sophomore and first place winner, will be returning to Skills this year, ready to take on the challenge.

“Winning 1st was unexpected but obviously I was ecstatic and now I’m really looking forward to a good time at states. A worry I have is not knowing what to expect until we get there, so there is no way to really prepare.”

For competitions like this, it is in fact hard to prepare for the challenge ahead, as competitors do not receive their prompts until the night of their arrival at Ontario. The best you can do is go into the competition with an open mind, ready for anything and everything, and prepared to give it their all. As Wyatt Hervey, Inspire Alumni and a SkillsUSA regular, once said. “Don’t think about the prompt or your idea until you GET the prompt. That’ll mess you up.” 

Best of luck to these contestants representing Inspire at SkillsUSA for the 7th year in a row. Hopefully one of these students can take home the gold once again and most importantly show off each one of their abilities.

Leave a Comment
Donate to Purple Pages
$500
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

Donate to Purple Pages
$500
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All Purple Pages Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *