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Monday, October 31st, 2011


During October 17-23, 2011, nearly 54,000 FFA members flooded the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana for the 84th National FFA Convention. Three-hundred and fifty Utah FFA Association members, advisors, and guests attended the convention to compete and enjoy what the convention had to offer. This year our association was pleased to send another delegate bringing our total to six.

The Utah FFA Association was very well represented this year by all of our members competing in Career Development Events at the national level. The results are as follows:

Additional Utah FFA winners and awards included:

Chapter National Stars


Mt Nebo FFA


Spanish Fork FFA


Wasatch FFA


Wayne FFA


Westlake FFA


Davis FFA


Congratulations to all of our contest participants!

This year we also had the privilege to have a national officer candidate, Amberley Snyder, of Spanish Fork FFA, make it past the first cut. Amberely is the first Utah candidate to make it past the cut in several years. We are very proud of her accomplishment.

Overall, the Utah FFA Association had great success at the 84th National FFA Convention. Congratulations to each one of our members! We appreciate all that you do. We have a great state association!

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Supercomputing Competition

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Are you passionate about computing? Would you describe yourself as an analytical thinker, independent, logical, curious, and observant? Are you good at solving math problems, focusing your attention, understanding scientific theories, and applying existing technology in creative ways? Do you use or write computer programs, play or develop video games, or try out new technology? Do you continually think about new ways to program a computer? Have you always wanted to work on a supercomputer, programming a multi-processor environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you will want to apply for the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Supercomputing Competition that will be held this spring.

The Supercomputing Competition is an event put on by the University of Utah’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and will provide Utah High School Supercomputing Competition (UHSSC) participants with a chance to become familiar with supercomputing.

The UHSSC uses retired supercomputers that are no longer suitable for research, but are more than suitable for use by high school students. This year the UHSSC will be recycling an Angstrom Titan64 Supercomputer, provided by CHPC, to build ten smaller machines which will be used by the UHSSC teams.

WHAT: Supercomputing Competition

WHO: All Utah high school students

WHERE: The Competition will be held as part of the Salt Lake Valley Science
and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah.

WHEN: March 28, 2012

HOW: Visit uhssc.org to apply. Applications are due December 15, 2011.

Eight teams will be selected to compete in the Supercomputing Competition. Six to ten students and one mentor will comprise each team. Each team will execute the following three challenges:

  1. Systems Optimization Challenge: Each team will modify their system running identical code, and minimize the execution time.
  2. Software Optimization Challenge: Each team will be running with the same system parameters and modify and extend a software module to minimize the execution time.
  3. The “Hotseat” Challenge: The teams are presented with a problem and asked to generate the code and optimize their system at the SLVSEF site.

The execution times of the three challenges will be combined to assign a Grand Prize winner.

Don’t delay. Apply now for the opportunity to compete in this Supercomputing Competition!

Wanted: Skilled Workers!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Did you see the story about Career and Technical Education (CTE) on the CBS Evening News? Reporter Elaine Quijano visited with John McGlade, president and CEO of Air Products and last year’s SkillsUSA CEO Champion of the Year, about the role of career and technical education in preparing students to enter the world of work. John was selected because of his company’s commitment to SkillsUSA. This opportunity gave John a chance to share his passion and support for CTE and talk about the need for skilled workers. Watch the full CBS Evening News story here.

Nationwide, there is a great demand for skilled workers. “There is going to be more and more of those skilled jobs that are available, that are going to be paying and provide a sustaining career for years and years to come,” McGlade said.

Utah students can obtain the skills that are in demand, by so many industries, through participation in Career and Technical Education. SkillsUSA is the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students in Skilled and Technical Sciences. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. By following a CTE Pathway students can obtain industry certification and college credit while in high school.

“All the CTE courses I took in high school have prepared me to be a strategic thinker and hands-on  learner. CTE has prepared me to go straight from high school in to the welding industry.”

—Shyann Young
Graduate, Fremont High School



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Are you a member of a Career and Technical Student Organization?

Friday, October 7th, 2011
By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Utah State Office of Education

Are you a member of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)? DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, Skills USA, and TSA are essential leadership organizations where you can gain personal and leadership skills, making you more employable, preparing you to become productive citizens, and assisting you in assuming positive roles in the home and community.

In Utah, 18,573 secondary students participate in a CTSO and more than 1.5 million students participate in a CTSO nationwide. As CTSO members you are doing amazing things and are having a positive impact in your school and community. Participation in a CTSO is an important component of the CTE Pathway you are pursuing. Being involved in a CTSO will not only benefit your life but the lives of those around you.

Participation in a CTSO will provide you with opportunities to learn three skill sets, which business and industry say are necessary in today’s workforce. These skills are:

  1. Academic skills – You will explore career-related tasks aligned with state academic standards.
  2. Technical skills – You will participate in professional development activities and competitive events gain enhanced job-specific knowledge and skills critical to future careers.
  3. Employability skills – You will develop critical workplace skills through teamwork, decision making, critical thinking, leadership, community awareness, career awareness, and personal and social development.

Throughout the month of October CTSOs will be holding their Fall Leadership Conference. Please tell us about the Fall Leadership Conference you attended and what your chapter has planned for the year. Email your stories and calendar items to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

What Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) are you a member of?

Did you know that 18,573 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of one of the above CTSOs? It’s true! CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

During the month of October five CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences will take place. We want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO chapter is planning for the coming year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

October 4: SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference–Davis Conference Center–Layton, UT

October 5-6: FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

October 10-11: HOSA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

October 13-14: DECA Fall Leadership Conference–Park City, UT

October 15:  TSA Fall Leadership Conference Jordan Applied Technology Center – West Jordan, UT

October 19-22: National FFA Convention–Indianapolis, IN

October 25-26: FBLA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.