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STL Greenhouse Plant Society Shares Scholarships with Graduates

St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society members presented South Tech graduates with generous scholarships and gifts today at South Tech High School.

Society members Mary Jo Anderson, Rita Zeitz, Mark Kalk, and Leon Zickwick presented the awards.  The Society has been in partnership with South Tech for 8 years, using the campus greenhouse to cultivate annuals and perennials for a sale held during the first weekend of May each year.  The Society uses the proceeds from their sale to establish a budget for the following the year’s crop and to donate to other non-profits.  Additionally, they present South Tech scholars with awards to show their appreciation of the partnership.

Zickwick spoke to the students and congratulated them during the presentation.  “This is a very special time of the year for us,” he said, emphasizing his gratitude to the school for sharing the greenhouse.

Recent graduates Emily Simmerman, Catherine Grzywa, and Cameron Harrison were our scholarship recipients along with South Tech Early Childhood Education alum Kristin Barnett.  Simmerman (Veterinary Assistant) and Barnett were awarded $500 scholarships, while Grzywa and Harrison (Culinary Arts) received elaborate knife sets and scales.

All recipients are pursuing post-secondary education related to their South Tech majors.  Simmerman will begin studies at SIUE in Biology/Pre-Veterinary Sciences, Grzywa will attend Southeast Missouri State to study Hospitality Management, Harrison will begin his Culinary Arts major at STLCC-Forest Park, and Barnett is finishing her coursework in Early Childhood Education at STLCC-Meremac.

Congratulations to our awards winners and thank you to St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society for their generous gifts and continued partnership.

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.

South Tech Welders Triumph at MWI Competitions

On January 26th, 2017 students from Mr. Holt’s Welding Program competed in the 8th annual Missouri Welding Institute Vo-Tech welding competition in Nevada, MO. The students were among 182 high school level competitors who participated in a variety of 90-minute long tests.

South Tech swept the competition and earned a total of $34,000 in scholarships and prizes. Our winning students were:

  • Joel Besch – 1st place (full tuition) paid scholarship, a new Lincoln Ranger 225 welder/generator, and a trophy  (Total value $18,393)
  • Blake Meine – 2nd place (half tuition) paid scholarship, Victor Cutting Torch, and a trophy (Total value $7,627)
  • Kevin McCue – 3rd place (quarter tuition) paid scholarship, a new auto darkening welding helmet, a trophy, and 200 pounds of Lincoln Electric Welding Rod (Total value $4,143)
  • Sam Aufmuth – 4th place $1,500 scholarship, a $1,000 competitor scholarship, a new DeWalt grinder, and 50 pounds of Flux-Cored welding wire (Total value of $2,700)
  • Joey Knoll – 6th place $1,000 scholarship and trophy
  • Nathan Flecke – 10th place $1,000 scholarship and trophy
  • Zach Hedrick  – $1000 scholarship
  • Eric Reinhartz –  $1,000 competitor scholarships

Congratulations to South Tech’s outstanding welding team!

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
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!

South Tech Students Win 22 Medals in SkillsUSA District Competitions
South Tech students competed in the SkillsUSA District Contests last week and did an outstanding job representing their programs. Competitions were held at Ranken Technical College, Lewis and Clark Career Center, and St. Louis Community College – Forest Park. Our students earned 22 medals and placed in numerous other contests. We are extremely proud of them. Photos from the contest can be seen here: https://goo.gl/f8GNrk.
Student Grade Contest Place
STEVEN CHALMERS 12 INTERNETWORKING 1st
AARON CHWARCZINSKI 11 WEB DESIGN Team-4th
MYLO COUNTS 11 IT SERVICES 13th
MARK DEVAUGHAN 11 WEB DESIGN Team-1st
ROBERT FOX 12 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 8th
ETHAN GRUNWALD 12 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 7th
JAHCARI JONES 12 WEB DESIGN Team-4th
BENJAMIN KOTTHOFF 11 IT SERVICES 15th
THOMAS LENNARTZ 11 IT SERVICES 16th
CHRISTOPHER MOORE 12 INTERNETWORKING 2nd
MATTHEW MOORE 11 WEB DESIGN Team-3rd
ANDY NGUYEN 12 INTERNETWORKING 3rd
PARTH PATEL 11 WEB DESIGN Team-3rd
SHILEN PATEL 12 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 5th
ETHAN SCHRUNK 12 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 3rd
NATHANIEL SCOTT 11 IT SERVICES 6th
TREVOR SIRLES 12 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 9th
DAKOTA SMITH 11 IT SERVICES 8th
JACOB WITT 11 IT SERVICES 1st
EVAN YOUNG 11 WEB DESIGN Team-1st
HUNTER ELLERMANN 11 FIRST AID/CPR 4th
HAILEY WILLIAMS 12 FIRST AID/CPR 1st
JUSTIN WINGERTER 12 FIRST AID/CPR 2nd
SAMUEL AUFMUTH 12 WELDING 4th
JOEL BESCH 12 WELDING 1st
LOGAN BLANDFORD 12 PLUMBING 2nd
JOSEPH CATO 12 HVAC/R 6th
STEVEN COLLINS 12 ELECTRICAL CONST. WIRING 5th
BRETT CREWS 12 CARPENTRY 9th
JOSHUA DOLENZ 12 AUTO SERVICE TECH 4th
NATHAN FANZ 12 AUTO SERVICE TECH 5th
ZACHARY HEDRICK 12 WELDING 7th
JOHN JENKINS 12 AUTO COLLISION 1st
DAWSON KENNEDY 12 HVAC/R 5th
LUKE KLEIN 11 WELDING 5th
AVERY KMENT 12 ELECTRICAL CONST. WIRING 11th
MITCHELL KRAKOVIAK 12 CNC MILLING 3rd
DOMINIC LANE 12 CNC TURNING 1st
DANIEL LANG 12 CARPENTRY 7th
KEVIN MCCUE 12 WELDING FABRICATION Team-2nd
NATHAN MUIR 11 WELDING FABRICATION Team-2nd
ERIC REINARTZ 12 WELDING FABRICATION Team-2nd
LOGAN RODERICK 12 ELECTRICAL CONST. WIRING 3rd
CHRISTOPHER ROUSAN 12 CARPENTRY 5th
BRETT SCHOENBERGER 12 CNC TECHNICIAN 3rd
ELIJAH STEIN 11 PLUMBING 1st
ZACHARY STOUT 12 AUTO COLLISION 3rd
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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