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Month: January 2018

Family, Career and Community Leaders Regional Competition

Culinary and Early Childhood Education students from South Tech participated in Region 5 STAR Events in January. The Culinary Event was hosted at South Tech on Tuesday, January 23, while the other events and the Regional Officer election were held at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bourbon, Missouri on Wednesday, January 24. The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and social issues through Family Consumer Sciences education. STAR Events, (Students Taking Action with Recognition) is a FCCLA Program of competitive events designed to recognize individuals and chapters for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and occupational preparation.

Gold Medal Winners from the Regional contests advance to State competition and possibly on to national competition. Destiny Quick helped with coaching the contestants and served as our voting delegate for the Regional Officer election. The following students from South Tech competed:

  • Alexis Cheney (Senior, PM ECE), Chapter Service Project, Gold Medal (Lexi asked students to bring items to donate for children in foster care. Students who made donations were treated to a Birthday Party event at South Tech.)
  • Ahmed Barrow (Junior,AM ECE) Focus on Children, Silver Medal (Ahmed taught the preschool children using a puppet show and activity how to use polite,sharing words when asking for a toy or to telling someone to wait their turn.)
  • Catherine Grzywa (Senior, PM CUL), Culinary Arts, Gold Medal
  • Cameron Harrison (Senior, PM CUL),, Culinary Arts, Gold Medal
  • Hadley “Shae” McNeill (Senior, PM CUL), , Culinary Arts, Gold Medal

The three person Culinary Team prepared a full meal using skills in planning, safe and sanitary food preparation, and presentation of the food.

Students Visit World Wide Technology for STEM Forum

On January 11, 2018, students from the ITG, Web and Computer Programming, and Cisco Networking classes were selected to participate in the 3rd Annual World Wide Technology (WWT) STEM Forum. The forum focuses on educating High School students on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Approximately 20 schools in the St. Louis area were chosen to participate.

Through the STEM forum, WWT aims to provide students opportunities to improve their academic proficiency and give them a competitive advantage for college enrollment, increase overall awareness and focus on STEM, and share WWT internship and career options with prospective talent.

South Tech instructors chose 9 students to participate in the forum. From ITG, Mr. Moore selected Ben Bodily, Michael LaBarbera, and Jake Sage. Mrs. Borcherding chose Web & Computer Programming students Mark DeVaughan and Lucas Sanchas and Mrs. Myers chose Cisco Networking students Josh Buijk, Nathan Scott, Dakota Smith, Jacob Witt.

Our students participated in the kick-off event last week at WWT headquarters that introduced them to the program. Additionally, each participating team was assigned a mentor.

In stage two of the forum, WWT will host a Student Hack-a-thon on Saturday, February 24, 2018 that will allow students to display their knowledge, skills, creativity, and innovation. Students will be working on projects that develop a solution that use technology to solve a problem for their own STEM program and will include weekly check-ins with their mentor as they prepare for the event. The winning school will receive a $10,000 grant from WWT and each team member will also receive a monetary award.

South Tech students are very excited to get started on their project and begin working with their mentor. Results of the team’s efforts will be shared in March.

Students interested in Information Technology careers have options at Tech that will immerse them in real world environments and challenges, connect them to outstanding industry partners, and allow them to earn certifications and college credit as they prepare for post-secondary pursuits. Learn more about these programs and how to apply to Tech here: http://southtechnical.org/programs/.

Palmer Recognized for Doing the Right Thing

Mattison Palmer, a Veterinary Assistant major from Mehlville, was recently recognized as one of December’s recipients of the “Do the Right Thing” award. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon young people in the St. Louis region who are nominated due to their exemplary behavior and actions. Bi-State regional police departments sponsor the award and collaborate to realize a mission of promoting positive choices by our youth. Captain Melissa Webb presented the award to Palmer at a ceremony last month.

Donna Hobbs, Veterinary Assistant instructor, nominated Palmer due to the outstanding care she shows for animals and her fellow students. “Matti is an excellent student. She goes above and beyond what is asked in the classroom in caring for the animals…(and) is always willing to help other students as well,” she said.

Palmer, now a senior, has been working part-time for the program as a caregiver 3 evenings a week. South Tech’s program works with local area animal rescues and always has foster animals on campus. Palmer provides their evening meals, water, and exercise.   Hobbs said, “This requires a lot of responsibility as students have to care for the animals in the evening on their own.” Additionally, Palmer works part-time for Noah’s Ark as a Veterinary Assistant. Although she will not be officially certified until testing at the end of this year, Palmer is able to perform many tasks at the office including assisting with prescriptions, blood draws, x-rays, restraint, and other office related duties.

“This program has taught me to feel more confident,” said Palmer regarding her knowledge of animals’ needs and what actions she can take to help them. The work of recuperating animals who have been neglected, abused, or are otherwise in need has been a very rewarding experience for Palmer. She has been involved in animal rescue work since she was young and knows that animal care will remain a constant pursuit, but she is still determining if she will commit to a career pathway in veterinary service. She currently plans to begin her studies at Meramec while exploring her options.

“Her dedication, compassion, and care that she has given to foster and rescue animals are why I nominated her,” said Hobbs. She noted that Palmer has skipped social events to care for animals being fostered by the program. This is a great example of how Palmer consistently strives to do the right thing and proves her worthiness of this recognition.

Students interested in all veterinary pathways are encouraged to consider applying for the Veterinary Assistant program. Applications can be found here: http://southtechnical.org/application/.


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