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Making the Connection

Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education

May 2013

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WACTE Presidents Message

A Career and Technical Student Organization is a basic component of education programs that supports and enhances related school-based and work-based learning. These organizations provide value to students through various opportunities that allow them to showcase their skills and knowledge. CTSOs are found in middle, junior, senior high, and post-secondary schools throughout Wyoming, and are comprised of groups such as FBLA, FCCLA, PROSTART, DECA, SkillsUSA, and FFA. What are the benefits of a Career Student Organization? They: Enable students to achieve high academic and occupational standards Develop meaningful business partnerships Link school- based learning to the real world at work, community and family Motivate youth to become better students and productive citizens Develop school and community leaders Enhance student self-esteem and self- confidence Career and Technical Education (CTE) through these groups provides exceptional experience for students by connecting career pathways and strong industry partnerships. Students gain knowledge and skills which todays employers demand of our high school graduates. CTE adds to our students education and success. As we strive to prepare every Wyoming student to be college and career ready, CTE provides our greatest collective opportunities for creating a skilled, knowledgeable, and productive future workforce.

Candace Stoll WACTE President

Be sure to check out all of the great WACTE Summer Conference information in this edition of WACTEs Making the Connection.

Below are 10 quotes from Stephen Covey that have the power to completely change the direction of ones life.

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The key is not to prioritize whats on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Live out of your imagination, not your history. Trust is the glue of life. Its the most essential ingredient in effective communication. Its the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the couragepleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say no to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger yes burning inside. The enemy of the best is often the good. I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow. Love is a verb. Love the feeling is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.


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Sheridan College Recognizes Outstanding Service-Learning Project and Community Partner

Recently, the award for Outstanding Service-Learning Project was presented to Josh Michelena, Construction Technology instructor, and his students for their work on constructing homes for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns. In addition, Habitat for Humanity was recognized as the Outstanding Community Partner. This is the first year the awards were presented, according to Tracy Dearinger, Sheridan College Director of Service-Learning. We are very proud of what the students do for Service-Learning projects in our community, and this project is definitely one that deserves recognition. Matt Davis, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, stated that this is true community and we are so thankful to the College for working with us. He added The owners of the last house the students built saved enough money to be able to return to college, so it really goes full circle. According to Dearinger, Service-Learning is community service that is tied to curriculum. This type of experience allows students to not only develop and implement a service project, but they engage in active self-reflection that attaches personal meaning to the event. Servicelearning has the power to enrich the college experience and change a community. Submitted by: Tracy Dearinger, WBEA Josh Michelena, WTEA

For more information about Service Learning at Sheridan College please contact Tracy Dearinger at 307-674-6446 ext. 3202. For information about the SC Construction Technology program contact Josh Michelena 307-674-6446 ext. 3516.

Pictured Left to Right: Kevin Fox, Technical Area Coordinator Sheridan College; Dr. Paul Young, President Northern Wyoming Community College District; Sheridan College Construction Technology Students; Jacob Buszkiewic, Preston Walters, Truman Floate, Jordan Erickson, Zach Hutson, Jessee Craig, Dakota Hennigh; Matt Davis, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns; Josh Michelena Construction Technology Instructor; Tracy Dearinger, Director of Service-Learning, Sheridan College; Brian Spring, Habitat for Humanity Construction Coordinator & SC adjunct instructor; Nancy Marchese, Office Manager, Habitat for Humanity.

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Seventeen Students Qualify for National FCCLA Meet in Nashville

Seventeen Campbell County students have qualified to compete at the national Family Career and Community Leaders of America conference in Nashville, TN, on July 7-11, 2013. Students from Campbell County High School, Wright Junior-Senior High School, Twin Spruce Junior High and Sage Valley Junior High will go on to compete at the national level after their performance at the state FCCLA convention in Cheyenne. They were among 43 Campbell County junior and senior high students who competed at the state conference March 20-22. They earned eight gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals in a variety of categories and events. Students in grades 7 9 compete in the junior categories and students in grades 10 -12 compete in senior level. Brittney Bell of Twin Spruce and Leigh Ann Hess of Wright also were elected district officers for the 2013-14 school year at the convention. These girls along with other state and district officers meet in Casper April 29 to begin planning next years State Activities such as Fall Conference, State Convention and the State Meeting at Nationals this summer. The Gold Medal Winners included: Campbell County High School: Savannah Garnett and willow Hinkley for their senior interpersonal communications project and Abigail Schumacher, Katelynd Vavra and Jennifer Keller as a senior culinary arts team. Wright Junior-Senior High School: Elizabeth Murdock, junior entrepreneurship; Courtney Fuller, two gold medals in senior fashion construction and hospitality, tourism and recreation; and Reagan Reynolds, senior advocacy. Sage Valley Junior High: Kyler Delancy and Tayler Smith, Illustrated talk. Twin Spruce Junior High: Brittney Bell and Morgan Smith, focus on children project. Ten others won silver medals including: Kelsey Baker and Morgan Beaver, Wright, senior chapter service manual: Alli Wetz, Emi Jones and Shauna Rasmussen, Wright, senior entrepreneurship; Brynn Holland, Sydny Koehn and Madison Kuhbacher, Sage Valley, chapter service; Dakota Mashek, twin Spruce, applied technology; Jessica Avita, Twin Spruce, cake decorating. Bronze medal winners included: Abigail Schumacher, CCHS, cake decorating; Shelby Sanborn, Wright, senior fashion construction; Leigh Ann Hess, Wright, senior life event planning; Olivia Angell and Kaylee Bass, Sage Valley, applied technology and Tori Deaton, Sage Valley, chapter showcase. Continued on Page 5

Top: Campbell County High School students; Left: Twin Spruce Junior High students; Left Middle: Wright High School students; Bottom Left: Sage Valley Junior High students with FCCLA Advisor Cindy Burris.

The state advisor for Wyoming FCCLA is Patty Micheli. If you have questions regarding Wyoming FCCLA or are interested in starting a new chapter, please contact Patty at pmicheli7@yahoo. com.

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Continued from Page 4 . . .Seventeen Students Qualify for National FCCLA Meet in Nashville
The students also returned to Campbell County with 136 boxes of food items from their state Feed the Children project. The items have been donated to the community food banks. While at the convention, students participated in workshops, voted for district and state officers, attended business meetings, performed in the state choir and listened to motivational speakers. Accompanying the students were their sponsors: Susan Staldine, CCHS, Cindy Burris, Sage Valley, Brittany West, Wright and Janet Chalberg, Twin Spruce. Submitted by: Janet Chalberg ,WATFACS

The state advisor for Wyoming FFA is Stacy Broda. If you have questions regarding Wyoming FFA or are interested in starting a new chapter, please contact Stacy at

John B. Kendrick FFA: Leadership Skills Are Second to None

Jin Kim of the John B. Kendrick FFA Chapter in Sheridan has had an outstanding career in FFA and capped off his senior year winning the State FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest. Kim is the two time Chapter President in Sheridan and a three year chapter officer. According to Nick Siddle, Chapter Advisor, Jin is one of the finest students I have had the opportunity to teach in my short 29 year career. Jin is truly a CTE success, and his leadership skills are second to none. Jin has been a member of the Meats Team and Marketing Plan team, as well as being second place in the state creed speaking his freshman year. Jin has attended the Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp three times, being named camp officer twice. Jins Supervised Experience Program is working for the regional NRCS, and is a valuable member of their team. Jin culminates his high school career this month as the Valedictorian of Sheridan High School, and will attending the South Dakota School of Mines this fall pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Im very excited to have the opportunity to represent Wyoming in the National FFA Extemporaneous Contest in Louisville this fall, said Jin Kim. The John B. Kendrick Chapter wishes Jin the best of luck. Submitted by: Nick Siddle, WVATA

Pictured are Nick Siddle, Chaney Peterson State Sixth place Prepared Speaker and Jin Kim state Champion Extemporaneous Speaker.

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2013 Glenrock FCCLA National Representatives

Left: Jonathon Finch

The state advisor for Wyoming FBLA is Barbara Frates. If you have questions regarding FBLA or are interested in starting a new chapter, please contact Barbara at fratesb@wyfbla. org or 307-631-2132.

Right: Katie Dawson

Left: Ivy Engle

From Glenrock High School. L R: Serena Brooks, Tate Johnston, Devon Parkinson, Lane Blakeley, and Shannon Van Antwerp. Photo submitted by: Candace Stoll, WACTE President and WATFACS

Right: Ana Kroll and Brooke Kissack

Photos submitted by: Candace Stoll, WACTE President and WATFACS

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Wyoming SkillsUSA 2013 Competition

What do a bunch of high school students, college students, and advisors do during a major snowstorm?? Have a SkillsUSA State Conference!! The mission statement for SkillsUSA is:

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to make sure America has a skilled workforce. It helps each student excel. This partnership was very apparent this
past week when students and teachers gathered on April 15-17,2013 for the annual Wyoming SkillsUSA State Championships. Wyoming SkillsUSA celebrated its 18th year as a state association at the 2013 Conference. Membership is currently 615 members from 24 high schools and 6 community colleges. SkillsUSA membership consists of high school and college students. The purpose of the Wyoming SkillsUSA championships is to allow students to showcase their technical skills and knowledge in addition to leadership abilities within the high tech fields that are so prevalent in industry today. Students gain a level of expertise in the total learning realm which enhances their opportunities to seek quality career level occupations and be prepared to live a quality life. They acquire skills and knowledge in the cutting edge of technology and work towards being a major contributor in the work force of tomorrow. Business and industry representatives set up the contests and are judges of the projects. This connection allows business and industry to actually see what students are learning and provide input to the instruction. Wyoming SkillsUSA participation in both state and national events has been exceptional. Over 450 students and advisors registered for the 2013 state competition. From the state winners, about100 people will serve as the state delegation to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City in June. SkillsUSA awards only 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each contest and Wyoming students do very well at the national level. Last year Wyoming students received Gold and Bronze in the areas of Welding and Welding Fabrication Mobile Robotics and Medical Terminology. Many students also placed in the top 10 for their area. The state advisor for Wyoming SkillsUSA is Toni Decklever. If you have questions regarding Wyoming SkillsUSA or are interested in starting a new chapter, please contact Toni at or 307-426-4007. Wyoming SkillsUSA would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the many teachers and business and industry representatives that volunteered many man hours to set up and run the contests. Donations were also received from businesses in order for the students to have the supplies needed to complete their projects. This includes:

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Capitol Lumber in Cheyenne Wood for Carpentry and Cabinet Making Contests Commercial Flooring in Cheyenne JC Penney Salon Casper -- Cosmetology Lincoln Electric Welding Contests L and H Mine Pro Gillette Precision Machining Contest Greiner Ford and Wyoming Automotive Supply Auto Body and Refinishing Contest Cloud Peak Mining Welding Fabrication Miller Fabrication Welding Norco Welding Pitsco Urban Rescue Casper and Gillette College Wyoming Workforce Youth Council Best wishes and Good Luck to all of our National Qualifiers during their competition in June! Submitted by: Toni Decklever, Wyoming SkillsUSA State Advisor and WACTE Executive Director

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Annual TSA Day Held on April 26th at Casper College

On April 26th, 2013 the UW/CC Technical Education students hosted the state Technology Student Association (TSA) competition. Seventy-three junior high/middle school attendees were from Dean Morgan and Frontier Middle Schools in Casper, Cody Junior High School, Douglas Junior High School, and Lyman Junior High. The students competed in CO2 dragster and design, structural bridge building, pen turning, and a showcase event. Trophies were made at the Casper College campus by the UW/CC Technical Education students for all events 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. MIS, a great supporter of the TSA event, donated gift cards for each of the top three finishers. The participants participated in a Casper College campus tour that included the diesel, auto, auto body, welding, and wood shops. During that same time, Casper College instructor Jeff Sun provided us with a GIS/GPS interest session. Instructor Megan Graham provided a robotics session. The two sessions were hands-on and created additional student interest in working with their hands. As I visited these sessions, I witnessed a lot of excitement in the students. Submitted by: Rod Thompson, WTEA Pete Stocker, UW/CC TEECA President

For more information about UW/Casper College TECA contact Rod Thompson

Sheridan High School SkillsUSA Competitors

Sheridan High School took seven students to the Wyoming SkillsUSA Championships in Casper April 15 -17, 2013. Three of those students received medals, Aaron Baker took first place in Computer Maintenance, Jack Granger took second place in the cabinet making contest, and Sierra Orlandi placed third in the preschool teaching assistant category. Aaron Baker will represent Wyoming in at Nationals in Kansas City in June. Photo far left from L-R: Sierra Orlandi, Aaron Baker, Jack Granger. Below: Jack Granger checking out tools he won. Far Right: Sheridan SkillsUSA members.

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Speaking Out for Youth Traffic Safety

Three Moorcroft FCCLA students recently competed in the Digital Stories for Change event at the national level of FCCLA. Their video, entitled ICHTM, is an informational video about the hazards of texting while driving. The video was challenging enough just to get it filmed and edited, but it also struck a note with our student body since the senior class lost a friend when they were 8th graders to a distracted driving accident. The students, Paige Allen, Ashley Sams, and Emily VerBurg, constructed a storyboard and script for the video, then shot all the scenes on location or nearby to create a video that is both informative and thoughtprovoking. The vide was submitted to National FCCLA for judging, and the team found out on March 15 that their video made the top 20 in the nation, and will move on to National competition in Nashville this summer. Wish us luck as we take on some of the larger schools in FCCLA with our video: It Cant Happen To Me! Submitted by: Darcy Sams, WATFACS Pictured Below Left to Right: Ashley Sams, Paige Allen and Emily VerBurg.

The Wyoming DECA Delegation attended DECA's International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California April 23-28. The overall registration for the conference reached an all time high of approximately 16,500! Our students competed through various activities such as testing, role plays, research papers, community service projects and promotion campaigns. We had eight students that qualified for finals and four of those made the top 10. Many other students also received an Award of Excellence. Our students worked hard to qualify for the international competition and we are proud of every one of them. Submitted by: Mary Hopper, WMEA

The state advisor for DECA is Mary Hopper. If you have any questions regarding Wyoming DECA or are interested in starting a new chapter, please contact Mary at or 307-237-5471.

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Campbell County High School DECA Team Wins 17 Top Ten and Finalist Medals


Eric Goodnough Senior Grant Lindblom Senior Dag Johnsrud Junior Tiana Terrell Senior Heather Allen Senior Jesse Ray Junior

Campbell County High School competed at the International DECA Competition earning seventeen International Top Ten and finalist medals. The DECA Competition was held in Anaheim, California. Over 16,000 students competed at DECAs 67th International Competition. DECA is an Association of Marketing & Management Students. Campbell County High School competed against all 50 States as well as Canada, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Germany and Korea. International DECA Top Ten Medal Winners: Jesse Ray (Senior) International Overall Top Ten in Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Top Ten event winner in Management and an Award of Excellence. Grant Lindblom (Senior) International Overall Top Ten winner in Business Services Marketing and Top Ten in three events; Marketing, Selling and Comprehensive Testing and received an Award of Excellence. Tiana Terrell (Senior) International Overall Top Ten Winner in Travel & Tourism Team and received an Award of Excellence. Eric Goodnough (Senior) International Overall Top Ten Winner in Travel & Tourism Team, Top Ten event winner in Comprehensive Testing and received an Award of Excellence. (Tia Terrell and Eric Goodnough were partners) Dag Johnsrud (Junior) International Top Ten event winner in Marketing, International Finalist and received an Award of Excellence. Heather Allen (Senior) International Top Ten event winner in Promotion, International Finalist (Top 20 students) and receiv ed an Award of Excellence. Other students attending conference: Diana Loza, Wanathaya Jirawitayakhom, Brooke Chambers, Anneliese Swift, Abby Dommer, Starlyn Kunz, Dominique Young, Shelby Quintana, Kaizad Parekh, Brandon Okray,Troy Covell, Justin Beyer, Omair Javaid, and Noe Torres. Continued on Page 12.

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Continued from page 11 . . .Campbell County High School DECA Team

To prepare for competition, students take classes in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship, practice solving and presenting business case problems, and study hundreds of business related competencies. Students must study the general areas of marketing and management as well as area specific competencies. No clues are given out ahead of time about the competencies. In competition, a student may be asked to analyze businesses declining sales and make recommendations to improve sales and obtain a larger market share for the company. Students are challenged with case problems ranging from planning merchandising budgets to designing creative advertising campaigns. Students present their solutions to judges who not only listen to the presentations, but actively participate in the role playing scenario. Students are judged on a specific set of competencies for each case problem. In addition, each student takes a 100 question comprehensive test corresponding to their competitive area. Students are given between 10 - 30 minutes to solve their case problem and 10 - 15 minutes to present their solution to a group of judges. Students do not know what the case problems will involve ahead of time; therefore they must be prepared for many different types of scenarios. They are not allowed to refer to any resource material. Each year more than 160,000 DECA members, from around the world, participate at local school or district DECA competitions. Students refine their skills and move on to their state conferences, from which roughly 16,000 students earn the right to compete at DECAs International Career Development Conference. Campbell County DECA is coached by Suzan Newberry and Ashley Walker. Submitted by: Suzan Newberry, WMEA

Front Row: Diana Loza, Wanathaya Jirawitayakhom, Brooke Chambers, Anneliese Swift, Abby Dommer, Starlyn Kunz. Middle Row: Dominique Young, Shelby Quintana, Kaizad Parekh, Heather Allen, Tiana Terrell, Eric Goodnough, Brandon Okray. Back Row: Dag Johnsrud, Grant Lindblom, Troy Covell, Jesse Ray, Omair Javaid, and Noe Torres.

Saturday June 8, 2013 9:00 am-3:00 pm WATFACS Pre-Conference The Life Skills Progression Sunday June 9, 2013 9:00 am-4:00 pm 4:00-6:00 pm WATFACS Pre-Conference Two Day Teen Parent Training WTEA Tour, water jet activity, and dinner. KWHS Monday June 10, 2013 8:00 am-5:00 pm 8:00 am-5:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm 2:00 pm 4:00-5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm WTEA Pre-Conference: Option 1: Aerospace Education/Fly a Teacher with sandwich lunch. WTEA Pre-Conference Option 2: SolidWorks and plasma cutting with sandwich lunch. Casper College WATFACS Pre-Conference conclusion of the two day Teen Parent Training. WVATA Annual Golf Scramble at Paradise Golf Club. 70 Magnolia Street WACTE Board Meeting WVATA BBQ Social at the Casper College Ag Pavilion by invitation. WTEA Limited to members Smoked Pork BBQ. 6400 Gothberg Road Tuesday June 11, 2013 7:00-8:30 am 7:00 am-3:00 pm 8:00-8:30 am 9:00-10:30 am 10:25 am-12:15 11:15 am-2:15 pm 1:15-4:30 pm 2:30-4:30 pm Registration Exhibits First Time Attendee's Orientation Opening Session, Keynote Speaker Chad Foster WVATA National Officer Interview Committee and American Degree Selection Committee, Ag Classroom CC Round Robin including exhibits, WDE, Parliamentary Procedure, Chad Foster breakout, JumpStart, CareerSafe, and Chief Architect, and Code of the West. Sack lunch included. WVATA Division meeting, Ag. Classroom CC WTEA Division meeting with SkillsUSA WBEA Division meeting with Jump Start presentation on Financial Literacy WMEA Division meeting with DECA WNRS Division meeting WATFACS Division meeting, Room 210 WTEA Steak Fry Social Hour, open to all divisions Steak-Fry at Nordic Trails Lodge

3:00-5:00 pm 5:00-6:00 pm 6:00-10:00 pm

2013 WACTE Summer Conference At-a-Glance

Wednesday June 12, 2013

7:45-9:00 am 9:00-11:00 am 9:00-11:00 am Committee Meetings WBEA Division meeting with a tour of the business incubator being pursued. WATFACS Chief Architect Interior Design Workshop, Room 210 WNRS Its a Lego World: Practical Experience with Process Driven Education; Career Counseling and Training Opportunities WHSE Healthcare News and Information WMEA Division meeting with Competition University presentation WVATA Final business meeting WBEA Annual Awards luncheon at La Cocina restaurant. WMEA Behind the scenes at Studio City with lunch WNRS Lunch WATFACS Culinary class with Pam Jones, Culinary Kitchen in the Gateway Building WNRS Career Counseling and Opportunities Legislative SessionLegislative Panel WVATA Tours Social Hour WACTE BanquetWolcott Galleria WVATA Past President Social, Firerock

9:00 am-2:00 pm 9:00-10:30 am 9:30 am 11:00 am-1:00 pm 10:30 am-1:00 pm 11:00 am-1:00 pm 11:15 am-1:30 pm 1:30-2:00 pm 2:00-4:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00-6:00 pm 6:00-8:30 pm 6:00 pm

Thursday June 13, 2013

8:00-9:45 am 8:00 am-2:00 pm 9:00 am-12:30 pm 9:00 am 9:00 amWATFACS Financial Education with Dr. Michelle Aldrich, Room 210 WHSE Health Science Professional Development, CC WTEA River Clean-up and Float WVATA Float and Hydroelectric tour, bring fishing pole and license WBEA\WMEA Technology Boot Camp with Christie Boggs and Cody Conner from the University of Wyoming. Lunch included for WBEA or WMEA members. Bring your laptop, or computers will be provided. WNRS The Economics of CTE WHSE Updates from the Board of Nursing and Dept. of Health WATFACS Olive Oil 101, VitaSana/Merry Peddlers, Wolcott Galleria WNRS Advocacy Tutorial: Its Our World to Build . . . We Can WATFACS Luncheon at the Fire Rock Restaurant WTEA Grilled Lunch WTEA Division Meeting Delegate Assembly WVATA Social, The Egg WVATA Banquet, The Egg

9:00-10:00 am 9:00 am-2:00 pm 10:00-11:30 am 11:00am-2:30 pm 12:00-2:00 pm 12:30-1:00 pm 1:00-1:30 pm 2:30-4:30 pm 5:00-6:00 pm 6:00 pm

Friday June 14, 2013

8:30 am Executive Board Meeting

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