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Utah FCCLA Members Expand Their Leadership Potential at National Leadership Conference

August 8th, 2016

By Brenna Horton, Utah FCCLA 1st Vice President

2016 NLCLast month, the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held in San Diego, California. With the conference theme of “Empower,” it truly was “empowering” to meet new people and share their love of FCCLA. Every year, FCCLA student members have the amazing opportunity to attend NLC and experience the strength they share with thousands of their peers across the United States.

The conference kicked off with Josh Shipp as the keynote speaker, who inspired FCCLA members to expand their leadership potential and reach beyond themselves to help others. The conference continued with 208 Utah FCCLA student members and 86 Utah FCCLA advisers/chaperones attending dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participating in STAR Events, meeting new people and expanding their leadership potential. Those members who attended the business session, or participated as a voting delegate, increased their knowledge of parliamentary procedure and the governance of National FCCLA. Many members took advantage of career exploration opportunities through the special tours offered at surrounding colleges or interactive booths at the FCCLA Expo.

IMG_5478Utah FCCLA Student Member Awards:

Utah had 187 student members participate in 130 different events. Of these students, 185 were medalists—65 receiving gold medals, 84 receiving silver medals, and 38 receiving bronze medals.

Utah FCCLA Educator Awards:

  • IMG_5451FCCLA National Star Event Volunteer Award
    • Diane Cluff, Provo High School
  • FCCLA National Spirit of Advising Award
    • Aubrey Turnbow, Bingham High School
  • FCCLA National Master Adviser Award
    • Sandy Kezerian, Orem High School
    • Jana Pendleton, Herriman High School
    • Janet Stolworthy, Box Elder High School
    • Shauna Young, Jordan High School
  • National Adviser Mentor Award
    • Susan Heller, Helper Middle School
    • Christine Katsilas from Taylorsville High

Great memories were made at the various tourist attractions in San Diego, including Coronado Island, Old Town, the Midway, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park. New connections were made and lasting connections were made stronger, as members spent the week with their chapter and advisers. FCCLA has provided its members with invaluable experiences like this to help them recognize the leader inside of them, and have hope for a better future—a future that they can create today.

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Utah HOSA Excels at 2016 ILC

July 12th, 2016

2016 International HOSA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

Ashley White and Roxy JolleyOn June 22, 2016 over 9,200 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 39th HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) and 40th Anniversary of HOSA. The Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 57 competitive events, 147 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 240 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday, June 21, with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, and Maddie Whittikiend attended the workshop. On Wednesday morning June 22, Utah HOSA delegates attended a breakfast buffet and country line dancing instruction at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon, led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Jennifer Duenas, Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, Dereck Tolua, Sheila De La Cruz, Vismaya Khakar, Ellie Siddoway, Maddie Olsen, Maddie Whittikiend).

Dr. Vivek MurthyThe conference officially began Wednesday evening when the delegates were treated to an amazing speech by VADM Vivek Murthy, M.D., the U.S. Surgeon General, who reminded delegates, “We need to step up even when we don’t think it is our responsibility.” He also asked the delegates to “identify anchors in Brad Montaguetheir lives and thank them, reminding them that the anchors are those people who help you and remind you of your dreams.”

The keynote speaker was Brad Montague, creator of Kid President, who reminded the delegates that they need to be “awesome,” to be “more child-like in the world,” and to remember that the “best forms of contagions include joy, hope, and love.”

Both speakers received rousing standing ovations for their amazing words to the delegates.

Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday, June 25, included a sight-seeing to the Nashville Parthenon, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Saturday evening was Grand Awards Ceremonies for both the postsecondary/collegiate and secondary divisions!

We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers who participated and excelled at the conference. A warm thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference, but spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA chapter advisors for their continued support of Utah HOSA. We would also like to thank our Utah HOSA scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah – who help our members with their healthcare career aspirations.

Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!

View the list of competition results, recognitions, and highlights HERE.

Max BrckoUtah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 83 chapters in both high schools and colleges/universities throughout the state with a membership over 3,600. The Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education supports Utah HOSA. The Health Science specialist is Rachel Bolin.

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HOSAHOSA – Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in the health sciences and biomedical sciences programs. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which is an integral part of the instructional program. This student-led organizations provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills to achieve a seamless transition from the classroom to career. HOSA has exceeded 202,000 members in all states (except Wyoming), Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Canada, Italy and Mexico. Since 1976, HOSA has served 2.4 million students interested in pursuing health professions. HOSA is the vital pipeline for the healthcare industry – an industry that is projected to add 5 million jobs through the year 2022, growing faster than all other professional sector.

SkillsUSA Utah 2016 NLSC Contest Results

June 30th, 2016

IMG_0119Congratulations to the 187 SkillsUSA Utah student members who competed at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last week. The SkillsUSA Championships had over 6,200 competitors in 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations. SkillsUSA instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas. More than 100 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed SkillsUSA Utah members compete in 78 contests.

“Our SkillsUSA Championships showcases the best students in the nation. This is a 36 million dollar investment that will cover 20 football fields of floor space. That’s more than 24 acres. In fact, this is the largest national skills competition in the world. There will be over 6,000 competitors in 100 contests. And, our partners have invested over 60,000 volunteer hours to make this week happen,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA Utah Medals: By the Numbers

Secondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
14 national medalists
> 6 gold medalists
> 2 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists

Postsecondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
38 national medalists
> 16 gold medalists
> 16 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists

At the conference, Utah ranked 6th in medals (52 total medals) received for any one state. Students competed with a high-level of skill, determination, and concentration, representing the state of Utah, their high school, and SkillsUSA Utah extremely well.

SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers
> 36 million total in-kind industry and education contributions (This includes donated time, equipment and materials.)
> 1.2 million square feet of contest area—equivalent to the area of 20 football fields or 24 acres.
> 58,840 total volunteer hours during the week (This includes technical committee members, courtesy corps, national education team, judges and alumni.)
> 6,200 contestants
> 1,100 contest judges from business and labor
> 1,080 awards: gold, silver, and bronze medals and more than 480 recognition awards
> 654 contest technical committee members
> 100 contests
> 64 skilled and technical sciences contests
> 18 leadership development contests
> 11 occupationally related contests
> 7 demonstration contests

The SkillsUSA Championships requires a massive amount of equipment and materials, including:
> 9,500 bricks
> 7,000 lunches served to competitors and judges
> 1,500 blocks
> 1,000 computers
> 50 trucks
> 60 stoves, and complete laboratories for machining, welding, auto repair and painting.

The cost of electricity usage for the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC totaled over $150,000 (combined electric bill and in-kind services).

The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for public middle-school, high-school, and college/postsecondary students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the largest skill contest in the world and the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America.

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Utah FCCLA Members Travel to San Diego, CA

June 30th, 2016

2015-16 State Officers

Beginning July 3 and continuing through July 7, Utah FCCLA student members will be in San Diego, California participating in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. More than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country will attend the event. Students will participate in general and business sessions, workshops, trainings, and compete in 30 STAR Events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

View: Conference Guide
Twitter: @NationalFCCLA
Facebook: @NationalFCCLA
YouTube: NationalFCCLA1945
Instagram: NationalFCCLA
Snapchat: NationalFCCLA

Download the FCCLA 365 App. Visit Guidebook.com/app/FCCLA365 and input your phone number to receive a text with a download link. Or search “FCCLA 365 App” in the app store.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in San Diego, California to compete at the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.


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Utah FBLA Members to Compete at NLC

June 29th, 2016

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2Today through July 2 Utah FBLA first place state winners will join their FBLA peers, from across the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in over 60 competitive leadership events at the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference. The Conference (NLC) draws thousands of future business leaders to compete in leadership events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience.

View: Conference Guide
Twitter: @FBLA_National
Facebook: @FutureBusinessLeaders
Instagram: fbla_pbl

Get the FBLA National Leadership Conference app. Search FBLA PBL in the Apple App Store to get the free app.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference.

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Utah TSA Members to Compete in Nashville

June 28th, 2016

TSA state officerUtah TSA student members have arrived in Nashville, Tennessee to attend the 38th annual 2016 National TSA Conference, June 28 through July 2. During the conference over 65 middle school and high school technology-based student competitions will be held, based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

View: Conference Program
View: Conference Schedule
Twitter: @NationalTSA
Facebook: @NationalTSA
YouTube: NationalTSA
#TSAnationals and #TheTSAway

Get the TSA conference app. Visit the Apple App Store and search TSA schedule to get the free app.

Download the “TSA conference” app from Google Play. Visit http://play.google.com and search for TSA schedule to download the free app.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Nashville, Tennessee to compete at the 2016 TSA National Leadership Conference.

“This year, we have reached an outstanding record of over 7,500 attendees at this national conference. It is not every day that students from all over the country come together for the same purpose – to participate in competitions and leadership sessions, interact with members from other state delegations as well as the national TSA officer team, and meet the candidates seeking national office. I have met my greatest friends at national TSA conferences and I hope you take the chance to do so as well!”

—Kelsey Stoner, National TSA President

TSA: Building a Legacy

2015-2016 TSA state officers


2016 HOSA ILC: Innovate. Inspire. Ignite.

June 22nd, 2016

2015-2016 State HOSA OfficersThe 2016 HOSA International Leadership Conference begins today and continues through Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 39th Annual Conference will bring together more than 9,000 delegates, advisors, and special guests from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best.

Educational Symposium Schedule
Interactive Workshop Schedule
Conference Guide | PDF | Interactive Flip Book

Join the conference by watching the live stream.

Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app. The app is free and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Twitter: @NationalHOSA
Facebook: @NationalHOSA
YouTube: NationalHOSA

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Anaheim, California to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“There are many ways to ignite your HOSA passion, but the ultimate way
is to join the celebration in Nashville.”
—Amit Sandhu, National HOSA President


SkillsUSA Utah Members to Compete in Louisville

June 20th, 2016

General NLSC photoSkillsUSA Utah  student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2016 SkillsUSA 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The NLSC will showcase the best SkillsUSA members in the nation. More than 16,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners are expected to participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 21.

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. EDT
Student Community Service Projects: Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 23
Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. EDT

View: Conference Agenda
Twitter: @SkillsUSA
Facebook: SkillsUSA
YouTube: SkillsUSA
Snapchat: @SkillsUSAsnap

Get: SkillsUSA National Conference App

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work



41 Utah CTE Students Graduate from UAP Program

May 23rd, 2016

IMG_2294Last week, 41 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students graduated from the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. Each student entered the program in September 2015, where they completed 156 hours of classroom instruction before participating in a paid internship with one of five aerospace partners—Albany (formerly Harris), Boeing, Hexcel, Janicki, and Orbital ATK.

By completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, these 41 students are now certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage, but many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a minimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

Congratulations to the first class of UAP graduates from Granite School District and Davis School District, who were honored at a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol in the Hall of Governors.

Read what graduates are saying about the UPA program:

Jessica Ericksen photo“Through this program, I have learned about composites and my desired field within my aerospace internship. I have learned how to build, machine, measure, clean, and process each part in its entirety. Before I began [this internship], my heart was set on going into architectural design. However, this experience has completely changed that and I couldn’t be happier to go into aerospace. This has been such a wonderful and helpful experience.”

—Jessica Ericksen, Janicki Industries Internship

“This is one part of my career pursuit that had quite the effect on me and the way I viewed the industries in particular. As I chose to pursue the composites engineering, woodworking, machining, math, and automotive pathways the more I came to notice how woven together the industry is, and that by mastering the technical processes of an entire industry.

—John Snarr, Janicki Industries Internship

Matthew Roe photo“Through this opportunistic experience, I’ve learned through first-hand reality what it feels like to be involved in this companies manufacturing process, and even surrounded by the success and challenges that are to be met or found in the engineering technological worlds. There’s not a better reassuring thought then to actually see what it would be like to pursue the career of a little boy’s dreams.”

—Matthew Roe, Orbital ATK Internship


“During my internship at Boeing, I’ve learned a lot about the process of assembly of the airplane and the hard work and dedication to make a perfect product. The experience has given me a further interest in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has further confirmed my desires to pursue a career in STEM.”

—Emma Vanderhoeven, Boeing Internship

Denisse Martinez photo“This year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways. As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!”

—Denisse Martinez, Hexcel Internship


On September, 4, 2015, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program saying, “The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state.

The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

Never Ending Progression

May 18th, 2016

photo 5Never ending progression, it sounds daunting, useless, and impractical. But for kids with major disabilities, this perfectly describes their life’s circumstances. I’m Whitney Boyce. In the spring of 2016 I completed a CTE Internship at Logan Regional Hospital in the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

The progression that these children accomplish in just a week or two has amazed me. I feel fortunate to have been able to experience this career field and grow to understand the patients I have observed. I have been able to follow some children, these past couple of months, and track their amazing progress. They set small goals, but it is miraculous when they achieve it. Whether it is standing for five seconds by themselves, or being able to walk at a normal pace for fifteen minutes, it is all amazing.

photo 3Because of this internship I have developed skills in patience, sympathy, and determination. These children have taught me so much about life and how to overcome challenges. While their circumstances are extreme, so is their determination. It is very evident that their progression is controlled entirely by them. Likewise, it is completely up to each of us what we accomplish. It is always so discouraging when a child comes in for their appointment and they simply have no desire to work that day. I have seen one boy go from only walking three steps to walking the distance of the room by himself in only two weeks. On the other hand, I have seen a boy sit on a bench with his lip out and his arms folded during the entire appointment. Physical strength and development is a lot of pressure to put on small children, but pediatric physical therapy makes this feat more manageable for the child and parents.

As I pursue a career in pediatrics I will often look to this experience for guidance. This career offers a lot of what I am looking for in my future career. As I continue in this internship I may find that it offers exactly what I want. BreeAnn Allred, the therapist, has taught me so much and has been extremely willing to answer every question. We often spend fifteen minutes after a patients [appointment] discussing them and their progression. I also appreciate every single child I have been able to observe and work with. They push me every day and have forced me to do a lot of things out of my comfort zone. I hope after this internship I will continue to push myself to reach out to others and grow from their experiences and my own.


Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.