Christian Hawkins, a Kingston resident and recent graduate of Roane County High School, won first-place in advertising design at the Skills
USA State Competion in April.
Hawkins finished second in 2013, and used that to step up his game this year.
“It was a big motivator,” he said. “That was my plan. I kept enough air in my head that I knew I was coming home with a gold medal.”
Even so, Hawkins had some butterflies at the state event.
“We had a lot of good competitors,” he said.