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Month: April 2018

Tops at Tech Awards Announced
South Tech honored students during our 2018 Tops at Tech Banquet on Thursday, April 26th at Andre’s West in Fenton, Missouri. Each instructor selected one student to represent their major based on their performance, dedication, and enthusiasm. Families joined their students and teachers for the evening event, hosted by principal Jacob Lohse.  Congratulations to our award winners!

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

  • Electronics & Robotics – Clayton Bach, Affton
  • Precision Machining – Brett Schoenberger, Oakville
  • Welding – Joel Besch, Lindbergh
  • Design & Entrepreneurship –Garrett Hamm, Homeschool

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & GRAPHICS

  • Graphic Design – Erik Lucy, Parkway Central
  • Cisco Networking Academy – Christopher Moore, Webster Groves
  • Web & Computer Programming – Ethan Schrunk, Homeschool

CONSTRUCTION

  • Carpentry – Daniel Lang, Affton
  • Electrical Trades – Logan Roderick, Oakville
  • HVAC – Zach Dillon, Oakville
  • General Construction – Kristopher Triggs, Mehlville
  • Construction Methods & Materials – Abdulhafidh Ibrahim, Parkway West

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Cosmetology – Madison Kuennen, Lindbergh
  • Cosmetology – Cortni Spann, Parkway Central
  • Culinary Arts – Cameron Harrison, Oakville
  • Culinary Arts – Hadley Shae McNeill, Ladue
  • Early Childhood Education – Destiny Quick, Hancock

MEDICAL & ANIMAL SERVICES

  • Dental Sciences – Zerina Cizmic, Affton
  • Health Sciences – Grace Killingsworth, Oakville
  • Health Sciences – Kristen Menning, Oakville
  • Pharmacy Sciences – Marwa Mahmoud, Rockwood Summit
  • Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy –Anna Goodman, Parkway South
  • Veterinary Assistant –  Rebecca Wurl, Lindbergh
  • Veterinary Assistant – Trisha Nicole Wagstaff, Mehlville

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Emergency Medical Technician – Nickolas Kaletka, Mehlville
  • Firefighting – Brandon Clifft, Bayless
  • Law Enforcement – Ethan Morris, Mehlville

TRANSPORTATION

  • Auto Body – John Jenkins, Eureka
  • Auto Technology – Leah Atkins, Maplewood-Richmond Heights
  • Auto Technology – Josh Dolenz, Bayless
  • Motorcycle & Small Engine Tech – William Cohen, Clayton
South Tech Triumphs at FBLA State Competitions

Seven members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from South Technical High School recently traveled to Springfield, MO for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. This five-day conference, beginning Friday, April 6, featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students.

New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like Discovering Your Passion and Maximizing LinkedIn, and a brand new interactive conference mobile application.

Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with over 150 business education related contests running during the event; contest topics range from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development.

Overall, South Tech brought home many awards, including:

  • First Place in Network Design—Team of Adam Green, Andy Nguyen, and Chris Moore
  • First Place in Network Concepts—Chris Moore
  • Third Place in Network Concepts—Nathan Scott
  • Tenth Place in Network Concepts—Andy Nguyen
  • Eleventh Place in Network Concepts—Dakota Smith
  • Fifth Place in Computer Problem Solving—Nathan Scott
  • Seventh Place in Management Information Systems—Team of Steven Chalmers and Danny Fitzgerald

Of these winners: Network Design Team and 1st & 3rd place Network Concepts winners qualify to compete at Nationals in Baltimore, MD from June 28-July.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501©3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.

50 Years of Serving St. Louis County Students

On September 5, 1967, South Tech welcomed its first class of 400 students to campus on West Watson Road in Sunset Hills.  The Special School District Board of Education stated a simple, but challenging goal for their newly established Technical Division:  “make available to the youth and adults of St. Louis County a program of vocational technical education second to none in America.” Fifty years later, South Tech continues to strive toward this goal and enjoys a long list of successful, happy graduates. To honor 50 years of service to the community and its students, Sunset Hills Mayor Patricia A. Fribis shared a proclamation declaring April 24, 2018 “South Technical High School Day”.  Principal Jake Lohse was awarded the proclamation at a recent Sunset Hills City Council meeting.

South and North Tech High Schools were developed using grants from the Vocational Act of 1963 which aimed to ensure that new and expanded vocational and technical education opportunities were available to students and remained in harmony with the needs of industry.  The act’s language about meeting the “needs of industry” required flexibility and a commitment to providing education that remained relevant. The resulting variety of program offerings over the decades reflects of our ever changing labor force.

South Tech students enter the building in 1968

In the 1967-1968 school year, South Tech offered the following courses:  Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Appliance Service, Auto Mechanics, Body & Fender Repair, Business & Office Education, Commercial Art, Electronic Data Processing, Fitter-Welder, Industrial Electronics, Offset-Lithography, Radio-TV Service, and Sheet Metal.  Juniors and seniors attended for the full day and took social studies, physical education and English classes along with their technical courses. Since the high school was comprehensive, students also participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including prom, sports, student council, and other clubs.  South Tech continued offering a full day program until 2008.

South Tech Machine Shop, 1968

Tech today continues developing dynamic courses for students to prepare them for in-demand career opportunities both regionally and nationally.  Programs like Pharmacy Sciences and Design & Entrepreneurship have been added in response to increased regional interest in these fields. Dramatically increased demand from the construction industry inspired a recent restructuring of our construction programs to allow more exploration during the junior year.  Students can become more familiar with fields like carpentry and electrical trades and learn about job opportunities with those programs’ industry partners before choosing an advanced core class their senior year. Echoes of 1968’s Electronic Data Processing are present in the complex and challenging curricula of our CISCO Networking Academy and Web & Computer Programming.  Industrial Electronics has evolved into an Electronics & Robotics Engineering course, preparing students for high-level university study. Demands in medical science inspired the development of courses in Health Sciences, Dental Sciences, and Veterinary Assistant. South Tech also began training students for public safety careers in Law Enforcement and Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician, sending countless numbers of students to respective academies after graduation to join the forces of those who serve to protect.  And human service programs like Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology have given students opportunities to earn certifications, licensure and college credit in creative and exciting careers.Unlike the programs offered in 1968, many of today’s skilled trade and technical fields require post-secondary education.  Choosing to attend a university or college, technical college, or community college is a common next step for most of our students.  Over the years, many of career fields have added certifications (IRC’s) to the credentials they require for employment. South Tech has incorporated these exams into our curriculum, giving students a jump start as many search for part-time employment and internships as they begin their post-secondary studies.  Programs that give students career opportunities immediately after high school graduation, including several apprenticeship programs, also remain among our offerings. Because Tech is focused on preparing and inspiring students, there are no limits on where they can go after completing one of our programs.

South Tech’s next 50 years look even more promising.  As the national conversation about K-12 education shifts focus to include a more concentrated effort on producing career-ready graduates, South Tech’s career and technical education electives will play an important role in preparing our region’s students for the career opportunities of the future.  South Tech’s commitment today remains as it was in its inaugural year. As stated by the school’s first principal, Homer Horton, “The South (County) Technical High School expands the realm of educational opportunities for the youth of St. Louis County and provided better prepared young employees for business and industry.”   

Machinists Gear Up for BotsSTL

Fast Cheese is still under construction, but will soon be ready to destroy! Precision Machining juniors Lili Rodriguez, Lauryn Giesler, and Matthew Haugsness are hard at work preparing their bot, named Fast Cheese, for competition in BotsSTL on April 21 at Ft. Zumwalt South High School.

BotSTL is a program to boost interest in and exposure to manufacturing careers sponsored by the National Tooling & Machining Association. This STEM-focused, project-based learning competition encourages confidence, teamwork, problem solving and creativity. Local manufacturing firms provide support and mentorship to student teams throughout the competition. Cultivating interest in manufacturing makes good sense for our region as St. Louis employs well over 100,000 people in the industry and opportunities and demand are expected to grow.

STROCO Manufacturing, Inc. is supporting South Tech’s team. STROCO manufactures and assembles metal products for the aerospace industry and high precision industries. South Tech’s instructors, Bob Arcipowski (Precision Machining) and Albie Mitchell (Design & Entrepreneurship), are also helping other student teams in the area prepare for the competition.

Our three-student team was drawn to compete due to South Tech’s 3rd place win in last year’s inaugural BotsSTL competition. As they construct and program their robot, they must meet weight limits while ensuring their robot will withstand the competition. Rather than designing to complete a task, Fast Cheese must instead be built to fight other robots and survive their attacks. Additionally, our students will be able to network with representatives from industry.

We are looking forward to the competition results and wish our team the best of luck!

Web and Computer Program Visit Maritz Corporation

The Maritz Corporation recently hosted an Information Technology (IT) Extravaganza for our Web & Computer Programming students. On April 18th, students were treated to a panel discussion, lunch, and tours of IT departments.

Denise Gibbs, a DBA-SQL at Maritz and advisor to our program, put together the visit and speaker panel. Her goal was to help students realize the wide variety of IT professions open to them. Students heard speakers from several departments who shared their backgrounds, described the education required for their position, and answered student questions. Speakers included: Valerie Gemmingen – MITS HR, Michael Gorzel – NOC Operations, Jerry Johnson – Big Data, Mark Renaud – Windows Administration, Joe Epplin – Application Development, Lisa Spahr – Project Management, and Amy Detzel – Security. Gibbs has served on our advisory board for over 30 years and graduated from our former O’Fallon Tech campus. Epplin and Harwell also serve on our board. Students also learned about several tools currently used in quality application development such as Hadoop, Ploymer, Swagger, Angular, AOP, Spring, VM Management, Jump Box, and AWS.

Leah Harwell, an applications developer and 2009 South Tech Web & Computer Programming graduate, also met with students and shared information about her post-secondary education and her Maritz career. Allowing our students to see Tech alumni in their work environments is always an engaging experience for them.

Students toured the Network Operating Center, which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During a tour of the server room students learned about the programming and systems analyst positions at Maritz along with other supports. , the server room, the area where programmers and systems analyst reside and other parts of the Maritz Corporation.

Beginning to build the real world skills required for a career in information technology is one of the many benefits of participating in a South Tech program. For more information about Web & Computer Programming or to apply, please visit: http://southtechnical.org/programs/.

South Tech Sweep at State SkillsUSA Competitions!

South Tech students excelled in this week’s SkillsUSA competitions held in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Linn, MO, bringing home 39 medals. Several students, including five who competed nationally last year, are eligible to advance to the national competitions which will be held in Louisville, KY in June. SkillsUSA sponsor, Sally Difani, was thrilled with our students’ accomplishments, but even more so with their character and dedication. “All of our students represented their instructors and our school admirably. We should all be proud of what our students accomplished this week,” she said.

Congratulations to our students, their instructors, and all of our SkillsUSA sponsors. A complete list of the winners is below. Photos from the competition can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XseqLI0jIuuPjmyH3. We will continue to add photos to the gallery as they are made available. This is TECH!

SkillsUSA Hands-On Competition Results

Joel Besch Welding 1st
Logan Blandford Plumbing 4th
Shurya Brown Commercial Baking 16th
Andrew Caldwell Mobile Electronics Installation 1st
Steven J Chalmers Internetworking 5th
Thomas Derryberry Firefighting 6th
Mark Devaughan Web Design (Team) 1st
Zachary E Dillon Sheet Metal 3rd
Nathan Fanz Diesel Equipment Technology 24th
Andrew M Fischer Sheet Metal 1st
Tim Frahm Teamworks 3rd
Joseph Haynes Mobile Electronics Installation 5th
John D Jenkins Collision Repair Technology 2nd
Lucas Johnson Building Repair Technology 3rd
Jacob Klinckhardt Mobile Electronics Installation 9th
Avery Kment Teamworks 3rd
Dominic Lane CNC Turning 2nd
Dan Lang Teamworks 3rd
Anthony J Leeker Sheet Metal 2nd
Kevin P Mccue Welding Fabrication 9th
Patrick Mcdonald Diesel Equipment Technology 7th
Hadley S Mcneill Customer Service 1st
Austin T Menning Firefighting 5th
Christopher Moore Internetworking 1st Computer Networking TI 2nd
Nathan C Muir Welding Fabrication 9th
Tim Muldoon MLR 2nd
Eric J Reinartz Welding Fabrication 9th
Juwan Rice Commercial Baking 3rd Job Demo A 3rd
Logan Roderick Electrical Construction Wiring 10th
Elijah P Stein Plumbing 5th
Kobe K Stevens Customer Service 11th
Kristopher Triggs Teamworks 3rd
John G Werner Power Equipment Technology 5th Power Equipment TI 1st
Hailey Williams First Aid/CPR 2nd
Justin P Wingerter First Aid/CPR 3rd
Jacob A Witt IT Services 2nd
Evan E Young Web Design (Team) 1st

SkillsUSA Leadership Contest Results

Leah Atkins Job Demo Open 7th
Alex Bathke Quiz Bowl 14th Related Technical Math 1st Technical Spelling 14th
Sofia Belisle Quiz Bowl 14th
Michael Bertke Quiz Bowl 14th
Chloe Bick Pin Design 2nd
Benjamin Bodily Career Pathways 1st
Jacob Brauner Medical Math 2nd
AbigailChampion Employment Application 1st
Riley Chard Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Hayley Cobb Quiz Bowl 14th
Andre Cotton Quiz Bowl 15th
Michael Crunkleton T-Shirt Design 8th
Ashlynne Dietrich Quiz Bowl 14th
Jotham Flores Job Interview 2nd
Robert Fox Employment Application 5th
Samuel Gregory Job Demo A 4th
Myles Hurt Quiz Bowl 15th
Kelaiah Killmade Quiz Bowl 14th
Benjamin Kotthoff Quiz Bowl 15th
Joshua Kuehnle Job Demo Open 2nd
Erik Lucy T-Shirt Design 5th
Julia Lutzenberger Pin Design 6th
Emily Mask Medical Math Did not compete
Christopher Moore Computer Networking TI 2nd Internetworking 1st
Hannah Mueller Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Amanda Ohlau Action Skills 1st
Lindsay Perrett Quiz Bowl 15th
Ashley Queen Action Skills 9th
Eric Ray Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Juwan Rice Job Demo A 3rd Commercial Baking 3rd
Christopher Rousan Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Related Technical Math 5th Carpentry TI 5th
Emilie Rozanski Quiz Bowl 15th
Lilly Russo Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Jake Sage Employment Application 2nd Career Pathways 1st
Ethan Schrunk Related Technical Math 4th
Nakailah Shields-Robinson Prepared Speech 2nd
Chris Siebold Career Pathways 1st
Marcus Stokes Extemporaneous Speaking 10th
Jordan Ware Action Skills 4th
John Werner Power Equipment Tech Info 1st Power Equipment Tech 5th
Michael Winans Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Wyatt Wooden Chapter Business Procedure 2nd

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