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Classes at Liberty Academy give students skills

By KBell
Feb. 25, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.

Isaac Partida, Kayla Flores and Jake Flores, all seniors, work on making the perfect screen print on a T-shirt. The students took first, second and third places, relatively, in the SkillsUSA screen printing technology competition.

Reading, writing and arithmetic - and 3D animation?

At Victoria school district's Liberty Academy, students can get an education in all of the above and then some.

And turns out, the teenagers' talents sprawl well beyond anything measured on a standardized tests.

In teacher Jeff Vuillemin's classes, for example, VISD students swept the recent District 12 SkillsUSA competition in categories like photography, screen printing and 3D animation.

In some instances, granted, the students didn't have competition from other schools. The programs at Liberty Academy, Vuillemin said, offer VISD students a unique opportunity to learn some of the most advanced software and techniques that will give VISD students an edge at graduation.

"What's neat about these classes is they're using the core subjects - math, science and English," he said. "It's fun, but they're also able to apply their core knowledge to create real-world products."

Here's a glimpse at some of the students' creations.

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