Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students are continuing their domination at the state level of the National Career Development Association Annual Poetry and Poster Contest.

“This event can encourage students by tapping into their creative side to affirm their career direction or to open their minds to new possibilities,” said SOTC Student Senate Coordinator Sandy Cham­bers.

Melissa Meyer, an adult student who won both years she was a high school student, has now captured the top prize in the Adult Traditional Poster division.

This year’s contest theme was “Inspiring Careers: Honoring History.” Meyers’ poster was a pencil drawing featuring an early 20th century construc­tion worker in front of a building on one side and a modern worker with a hard hat in front of a skyscraper and crane on the other side.

“We’re supposed to do it over our career, so I figured a pic ture of histor y and a pic­ture of today would be good,” said Meyers, who plans to be a cabinet maker.

Julian Ng, Lone Grove High School junior, won the High School Multimedia Poster division with a Henry Ford inspired piece he designed in PhotoShop.

The top half of the poster featured a turn-of-the-century Ford assembly line and the bottom had a modern, robot-focused assembly line.

The networking technical systems stu­dent owns a Ford Mustang, which served as inspiration.

“I chose Henr y Ford because he’s the first name that comes to mind when thinking about cars," Ng said. "Back then, he built cars by hand and now there are more robots. I have always been a car person and liked Ford cars." Ng plans to study electrical engineering, possibly at the Air Force Academy.

"The Academy is centered around engineering, and I have two cousins in engineering," he said.

Both posters will now advance to the national competition. National winners will be recognized on the NCDA website, , by April 17 and have their posters displayed at the Annual Global Conference in Boston, Mass., July 8-10.

"It's crazy to be sent to the national level," Ng said. "I just did it because I was encouraged to in student senate, and I'm better at making things on computer than by hand."