The Tooele County School District recognized its top students in Career and Technology Education at its annual CTE award night last Thursday.
Over 2,500 students are enrolled in CTE in Tooele County schools, according to Marianne Oborn, Tooele County School District CTE director.
“CTE classes prepare students for careers and college,” said Oborn. “They provide students with practical experience, not just theory.”
In middle school, CTE begins with a seventh-grade introductory class that lets students explore a variety of career choices. Junior High students also participate in job shadowing and Reality Town, a simulation experience where students make a connection between financial decisions and career, family and personal choices. In high school, CTE takes the form of instruction in agriculture, business and marketing, family and consumer studies, health sciences, information technology, skilled and technical careers, and engineering. Work-based learning, which is credit earned for onthe- job experience, is also administered by the CTE program.
“Students can work in pathways, which are specific class choices that prepare them for work in a specific job,” said Oborn. The pathways prepare students to succeed in a future career and a skill they can use to earn money for college, according to Oborn. Top students in career and technology student organizations selected by their school, and outstanding junior high CTE students, were recognized along with CTE employees of the year and CTE business partners at the awards night.
The following CTE students were selected by the teachers at their school for recognition: For Future Business Leaders of America, Annalee Penrod, Jacqueline Crisp, Joshua Wiker and Tynan Peacock from Tooele High School; Kharissa DeSomer, Caitlin Martin and Matthew DeAngelo from Stansbury High School; Jessica Hilton and Ryan Fernandez from Grantsville High School and Robert VerValen and Raelynn Roberts from Blue Peak High School.
For Future Farmers of America, Austin Remick, D.J. Powell, Jayden Coates and Shontae Pierce from THS; Dallas Jones, Jena Wendt, Jamie Christensen and David Hansen from SHS and Shandy Moser, Ashton Bell, Alec Sapp and Keith Leavitt from GHS.
Shawna Leonelli was recognized for receiving a statewide FFA award for agricultural research. In the Skills USA category, which is a national organization for students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations, Cameron Ward, Ashlee Steele, Trevor Hatch and McKenzie Bringard from THS; Christian Cooper and Seth Marble from SHS; Mallory Helwig and Bryson Stevens from GHS, Ben Shepard and Paul Reoyo from Dugway High School and Trever Edwards and Alexandria Jackson from the Community Learning Center.
For construction students, Chris Lane and Raquel Chavez from THS; Parker Martinez from SHS and Willis Adams from GHS. For Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Tiffany Wheeler, Violet Powell and Taylor Bennett from THS; Tawney Martin, Zachary Cooper, Brynn Anderson, and Jody Zwahlen from SHS; Shelby Sullivan and Tyler Delaney from GHS and Colin Chitty and Hailey Hopkins from the CLC.
For Work Based Learning, Kaylene Lemmon and Patrick McAtee from THS; Summer Sigritz and Sam Howard from SHS and Kaia Hale and Steven Douglas from GHS.
For Health Occupation Students of America, Michael Richards, Jordan Warburton, Rachelle Romero, and Karen Santoyo from THS; Aimee LInton and Cordell Bushman from GHS; Rebecca Shumway, Jackson Nicholoas, Tali Gomez, and Hailee Cook from SHS and Samantha Morrey and Kelsie Coates from the CLC.
Kaio Alloway, Nathan Chamberlin, Jorden Elliott, Skyler Garrard, Tyler Knighton, Chase Kuipers, Jesse Mayo, Matthew McLean, Jacob Moreno, Tanner Palmer, Annalee Penrod and Cody Stocking were recognized as graduates of the Academy of Information Technology.
Oustanding junior high CTE students included Madeline Crossley and Clayton Holdstock from Clarke Johnsen Junior High; Daniel Shepard from Dugway Junior High; Megan Betts, Andrew Harrell, and Benton Tripp from Grantsville Junior High and Jaydon Edwards, Taylor Sharp, and Elisa Erekson from Tooele Junior High. Outstanding teachers and staff in CTE were recognized by their principals and included Don Nelson from the CLC, Cassie Dance from CJJHS, Liz Neff- Mikolash from DHS, Tom Camp from GJHS, Christine Johnson from GHS, Preston Lorensen from SHS, Karen Bitters from TJHS, Natalie Henwood from THS, and Vicki Nelson from Tooele County School District.
CTE business partners were also recognized, including Rocky Mountain Care Center, Domino’s Pizza, Mountain Land Physical Therapy, Soelberg’s Market, Cargill Salt, Goldstar Auto, US Army, Tooele County Surveyor’s office, Heritage West Credit Union, Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, and Tanner Law Offices.