Thumbs up: A Carroll County woman will be representing the United States in a worldwide competition in Russia with her talents in print media technology. Working at a newspaper, it’s easy for us to appreciate the complexity behind printing. But compared to Brittany Whitestone, we don’t know the half of it. A Winters Mill High School alumna from Westminster and a rising senior at California University of Pennsylvania, has been working with print media technology since she was 15 years old. Originally, she wanted to do graphic design but found passion for a different platform at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center. And now she’s applying that passion to a world stage; the WorldSkills championships attract more than 1,600 competitors from more than 76 countries and regions around the world to compete in more than 50 different trade skills. The printing she does involves multiple parts and processes, but think of it as the work with ink, metal and paper that a printing press uses to produce a newspaper. She told us her printing work has been “the biggest part of my life for the part four or five years.” She competed in her first regional competition at the age of 17 and, after placing second, she decided she needed to work harder. Some might settle for second, but it’s clear this young woman has a natural drive to win. She’s scheduled to leave for Russia on Aug. 18, and the competition will be held from Aug. 22 to 27. Carroll County, let’s cheer her on.