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HOSA Members Join STEP Express to Battle Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, Delta Elementary School kicked off the STEP Express Program with a Fun Run/Walk from the Delta Community Medical Center to the elementary school on September 27, 2013.

All fourth graders, along with many parents, teachers, and nurses from the Delta Community Medical Center assembled to start the first step of the program. Other students from the school cheered them on as they made their way down Delta Main Street.

High school students in HOSA: Future Health Professionals (Advisor: Stephanie Bayles, R.N.) and Sterling Scholar candidates helped keep runners going in the right direction, offered encouragement, handed out drinks, and challenged each other to run the entire distance.

SelectHealth created STEP Express a free fitness program to fourth graders, after the Department of Health published a study that revealed a dramatic increase in overweight and obese children between the third and fifth grades. STEP Express attempts to target that problem age and make children aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jill Bogue, a nurse at the hospital, and Marsha Pack, a PE teacher at the school, teamed up with Intermountain Healthcare and Central Utah Public Health to start the eight week program.

HOSA Members also helped with an assembly about the STEP Express Program for the entire school after the Fun Run. Participating fourth graders received a backpack, stickers, and a water bottle to help them start on the path to a Healthy Lifestyle.

Delta High School HOSA members at STEP Express Fun Run
Photo courtesy of Linda Payne, Millard County Chronicle Progress

This blog post was originally published in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.


Utah State FFA Newsletter: Read All About It

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Utah FFA state officers have developed a statewide newsletter to share FFA stories and events with its members, school districts, and the community. The state officers want to know what your chapter is doing and what events you have planned for the year. Below is the article Hailee Garrett, editor of the newsletter and Utah FFA state reporter, wrote for the first issue. The entire newsletter can be found on the home page of UtFFA.org.

Hello Utah FFA Association! You’re my favorite association by the way. I’m sure you’ve read every last piece of this newsletter and now by the time you have reached my article I’m sure you’re wondering a couple of things…

What is this thing?
How long have I missed out on it?
Who are the State Officers?
How can my chapter be in this?

Well members, fear not, for I have the answers.

First and foremost, what is this thing? You are holding an idea brought to life by your state officers. We all decided we wanted a statewide newsletter to help tell our stories and yours. We like to call this little beauty the Utah State FFA Newsletter! Yeah I know, its catchy right?

Second, how long have I missed out on this? You have never had the opportunity to access such a wonderful piece of paper. This one you’re reading right now is the VERY FIRST Utah State FFA Newsletter, EVER! If I were you, I’d keep it! A little piece of history! Scrapbook that thing!

Next, who are the state officers? If you were unable to attend COLT you are probably wondering who all these names are. Such as, Calee Lott, McKayla Gonder, Hunter Siggard, Justin Jaques, Hailee Garrett, and Matt Mecham. Don’t you fret; I shall now lead you out of darkness once more. These names are no other than your 2013-2014 State Officers! Justin Jaques is the President, Calee Lott is the Vice President, McKayla Gonder is the Secretary, Hunter Siggard is the Treasurer, Hailee Garrett is the Reporter, and Matt Mecham is the Sentinel! If you read each of the Who Are You features you can get to know us a little better.

Lastly, how can my chapter be in this? We want this newsletter to be yours! If your chapter does something incredible, (which you all do all the time.) and you want us to feature it! Have your chapter reporter or another officer email the written article with pictures or whatever you want to utffarep1314@gmail.com. Then I, as the state reporter and the editor, can make sure your article gets in!

I hope I have answered most of your questions by now, but if there are any more you just go ahead and email me or any of the other state officers. You can find all our info at utffa.org under the tab State Officers.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and be looking for the next one!

Keep rocking,
Hailee T Garrett, Utah FFA State Reporter

This blog was originally published in the Utah State FFA Newsletter, Issue: 1, located at UtFFA.org.


Q&A with Omar Ramirez: HOSA Alumni Division Representative

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Omar Ramirez, a graduate of PineView High School and a freshman at Southern Utah University, is a HOSA Alumni Division Representative who recently traveled to two local high schools, with other HOSA representatives, to share experiences about HOSA and to give encouragement to student members.

Why did you visit PineView and Dixie High Schools?
Omar: The purpose of school visits is to get in contact with new local chapter officers, to create a connection with others in the area, and to communicate with chapters for better success in order to create a better year for everyone.

What did you do at the schools?
Omar: Along with creating connections, we also went to give a presentation to the new chapter officers and members about HOSA: Future Health Professionals. We began by introducing ourselves, then continued with what HOSA is, introduced the topic of what leadership is, and how they could get involved. We introduced them to the National Leadership Conference, and many other facts, including HOSA’s history, our mission statement, and service projects and partnerships.

Omar Romeriz with PineView HOSA and advisor Ray Miller

Why is being a member of HOSA important?
Omar: HOSA is important to those who have an interest in the healthcare field. Through participation in HOSA student members learn important leadership skills that will prepare them for a career in healthcare. HOSA provides members with opportunities for knowledge and skill development. These include having professionals come to the classroom where the students can learn from someone working in the profession, to competing in an area of the healthcare field, and much more.

Is it important for members to attend HOSA conferences?
Omar: Our State Leadership and National Leadership Conferences are valuable to student members. Each conference gives students an opportunity that provides them with experiences in their field of interest and shows others what they have learned. Last year, after competing for my first time, I learned about community awareness and how important it is to be prepared for a natural disaster, especially when it involves the younger generation. If it weren’t for the competition I would not have been driven and determined to begin or accomplish what I did, and the younger students would not have taught their families about what they had learned.

Was there universal question HOSA members asked?
Omar: Throughout our presentation, the biggest question we were asked was, “Is HOSA for everyone?” The answer is yes! HOSA truly is for everyone. HOSA is an organization that provides vital skills and experiences to everyone, even if a student isn’t interested in the healthcare field. Everything a HOSA member learns can be applied to different aspects of life and to a career.

Omar Ramirez with Dixie High School HOSA and advisor Laurene Brown

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. Utah has more than 4,000 members in 78 chapters.

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

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Meet Dionard Campman: Ballroom Dancer and Fashion Designer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Dionard Campman (DJ), a senior at Timpview High School and FCCLA chapter president, has a passion for ballroom dancing and fashion design. He participates in the Career and Technical Education Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising Pathway where he works to fine-tune his design and sewing skills.

DJ was born in Curacao (an island in the Dutch Caribbean) and spent most of his youth in the Netherlands. At the age of twelve he moved with his family to the United States.

“In the 6th grade I developed a great passion for ballroom dancing and I have been practicing the dancesport competitively at national level ever since. About the same time I also developed a great interest for fashion design. At Centennial Middle School I took my first sewing class and enjoyed every minute of it. During my freshman year at Timpview I took every possible design and sewing class offered. Over the past three years I have sewn many garments, some of which were entered successfully in different competitions,” says DJ.

This year DJ decided to go in a different direction and combine both of his passions into one. He started to design and create ballroom dance garments for his partner, Kaitlyn Turley. “During the summer my mom and I went to LA to purchase the fabrics and embellishments for these dresses,” DJ explains.

Kaitlyn Turley and DJ Campman

This past May, DJ received an invitation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California to visit their campus. DJ describes his visit saying, “I accepted their invitation. I loved the school and decided to apply. In July I got accepted into FIDM and received a $3,000 junior scholarship. One of their other scholarships is to start a fashion club at the attending high school and since I am an FCCLA member and president FIDM decided to grant me that scholarship as well.”

DJ’s ambition is to become a top fashion designer. “At the moment I’m working really hard to finish my senior year on a high note, so when I go off to FIDM in the fall of 2014 I’ll be ready to experience everything FIDM has to offer.”













Genet Orme, Family Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher at Timpview High School, tells about DJ’s competitive spirit. “Last year DJ took my Fashion Design/Pattern Drafting class and competed in the state “Make it With Wool” competition. After this event he seemed to turn a corner in his skill level. He saw a very expensive costume on a professional dancer that he wanted to make for his partner. We met a few times in the summer, and he successfully “copied” that dress after intense work. At the same time, he got accepted to FIDM as a junior. I’m very proud of his hard work and initiative. He will definitely succeed in his Fashion Design career and is a great role model for younger students.”

Join DJ as he competes at the BYU Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah on November 15-16, 2013.

FACS students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being. FACS Education prepares students for college and career and to successfully compete in a global economy.

To participate in one of the eight Career and Technical Education Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Pathways talk to a school counselor at your high school.


SkillsUSA Video Competition

Monday, October 21st, 2013

SkilledUSA members, you know you’re educated and skilled, now it’s time to show America that you’re ready to lead! “Educated and Skilled to Lead America” is SkillsUSA’s theme this year. Your challenge is to create a video that showcases how you’re becoming educated and skilled and how you’re prepared and ready to lead. This is your opportunity to tell your story.

Who: Secondary and postsecondary students currently enrolled and registered as members of SkillsUSA.
What: Educated and Skilled to Lead America video competition.
Where: Upload entry to YouTube.
When: Submit entries no later than Friday, November 15, 2013.
How: Email your video entry link to khorton@skillsusa.org.

Entry requirements:
> The work can be done by an individual, a team, or an entire class. There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a video. However, the video must be entered under one chapter name. (There will only be one prize awarded for the winning video.)

> Entries must contain only original material (including music, images, etc.) unless written permission has been obtained. No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials—logos or products—may be used, except for the SkillsUSA logo.

> Participants may submit up to two entries.

> Entries should be between 2-3 minutes in length. Upload your entry to YouTube.

> Email your video entry link to khorton@skillsusa.org. Allow up to a 24-hour registration process.

> Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content, are uploaded later than Friday, November 15, 2013, or use copyrighted material.

A panel of SkillsUSA partners will judge the entries. The top five entries will then be voted on by the public. Winners will be notified directly by SkillsUSA.

Winning video teams and/or their schools will receive prizes and recognition provided by SkillsUSA. The winning videos will be aired on the SkilledUSA website. The winning school will receive a $300 award. Up to two honorable mention awards of $100 each may also be awarded.

Questions? Email Kelly Horton khorton@skillsusa.org

Meet Jeananne Lybbert: Dishing Up CTE Intro and More

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Jeananne Lybbert joined the staff at Fort Herriman Middle School about six years ago, and is an integral part of a dynamic CTE team that is dedicated to helping students learn about all areas of career and technical education. (Read about their celebration of CTE Month in the Fort Herriman MS Newsletter.) For Ms. Lybbert, it is equally important to help students discover their personal talents and interests. That is one reason that she enthusiastically endorses the Career Development Activities (CDAs) in CTE Intro. For example, students complete a career interest inventory to help them understand how the school subjects, extra-curricular activities, and hobbies that they enjoy translate to potential career interests. Students have opportunities to study specific occupations that match their interests, and can even try out various work roles through Work-Based Learning experiences. Ms. Lybbert says that seventh grade is ideal for engaging students in self-discovery, and she enjoys the many “ah-ha” moments that her students experience as they participate in the CDAs. As a FACS teacher, perhaps Ms. Lybbert might say, “CTE Intro is the best thing since sliced bread.”

In addition to her CTE Intro responsibilities, Ms. Lybbert also teaches FACS Exploration and Foods to grade 8 and 9 students. As a National School to Watch, Ft. Herriman has organizational supports to promote her efforts to meet the distinct developmental needs of middle school students. She is pleased to be a part of Ft. Herriman’s larger community – the school, district, and the partnerships – that work together to promote the success of their students.

Fort Herriman Middle School


Apply Now for a DECA Scholarship

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The 2013-2014 DECA scholarship program is now open and accepting applications. DECA’s scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships and will be awarded at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Georgia on May 3-6, 2014.

DECA scholarships are strictly merit based and are administered by DECA Inc. based on guidelines set by the donor. Scholarships are focused around leadership, employment, and/or career interest.

Many of the scholarships come from DECA’s corporate partners. Below is an overview of the application criteria and a sampling of the companies that contribute to DECA’s scholarship program:
> Career Interest and/or Employment: Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, NAPA, Publix, Safeway, Walgreens
> School-based Enterprises (SBE): Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc., Vistar Corporation
> Entrepreneurship: International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation
> Leadership: Through the Harry Applegate Scholarship Program – PepsiCo Chilled DSD, PDC Productions, M&M Productions USA, Custom Resources, Goodheart-Willcox Publishing, Journeys and the DECA Regions.

Don’t delay! Application deadline is January 17, 2014.

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Q&A with Alec Jenson: Utah HOSA President

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Alec Jenson, a senior at Jordan High School and Utah HOSA President, tells UtahCTE.org about his goals for HOSA this year and the goals for the upcoming Fall Leadership Conference that will be held November 5, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah.

What are your goals for HOSA this year?
Alec: This year I want to make an impact on members by connecting with them via social media, and possibly a Utah HOSA website. I want to prove to them that they CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I also want to spread our mission by having a large membership increase and getting new chapters established.

What are your goals for the Fall Leadership Conference November 5?
Alec: I want to show our local chapter leaders how to truly lead their chapter to ultimate heights so: 1) they can achieve their goals for their chapter and themselves, and 2) we as a state leadership team can achieve our goals. I want each person to take 3 BIG IDEAS away: 1) YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS, 2) Compete at state, and 3) GROW your chapter, and the people it consists of, to new pinnacles.

How has HOSA helped you to grow personally and professionally?
Alec: HOSA has [impacted my life] beyond what I EVER thought was possible. It has pushed me outside of my comfort zone time and time again. From public speaking, volunteering, to communicating with 150 chapter members, I have been able to gain immense knowledge in operating an organization of influence! It will forever have an impact on my life and my future. HOSA is a part of my DNA!

Alec Jenson participates in a TV interview
spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.

What is the value of State and National Leadership Conferences?
Alec: At State and National Leadership Conferences we are able to learn from the following experiences: creative workshops, symposiums, keynote speakers, networking luncheons, and real world competitive events. These all tie into critical soft skills that are required by all professions. I have been to two National Leadership Conferences and this past June I took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event! It has given me confidence and has inspired me to pursue greater heights in all areas of my life. Conferences are where we develop leadership skills and synergize as an organization. These conferences are necessary ladders of opportunity!

Alec Jenson (right) and his competitive event partner at the
36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference.
They took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event.


HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. If you’re not a member of HOSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

Like HOSA on Facebook     Follow HOSA on Twitter     Connect with Alec on LinkedIn


Nebo Students Soar in CTE Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

On October 3, 2013, the Daily Herald highlighted students in Nebo School District who participate in Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities. WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences. Under the guidance of adult mentors, students learn to work in teams, solve problems, and meet employers’ expectations. Through a variety of WBL experiences students see, firsthand, how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities.

Below is a portion of the story featured in the Daily Herald:

Ever wonder if being a pilot, a nurse or a teacher would be the right job for you? Well, one Utah County school district is helping its students find out this information while they are in high school. Nebo School District’s Work-Based Learning program matches student interns to businesses whose trade relates to the students interests.

Students sign-up for Work-Based Learning, spend the first couple of weeks attending critical workplace skills classes, and with help from advisors, select an internship. Then students learn from professionals in the field while visiting the businesses or organizations twice a week.

“The program gives students a chance to try out a career that they are interested in. If students do a couple internships in high school, they tend to have a better idea of what they want to do in college,” said Chris Thomas, the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at both Spanish Fork High School and Salem Hills High School. “If career sampling is done in high school, not college, ultimately it will save the students money.”

Part of the matching process includes filling out an application, stating career goals and listing three choices of places the students would like to intern. Though Thomas has an extensive list of internships from past years, she claims that new internships are created every semester.

“While they aren’t on location, the students are in the classroom, learning how to get a job and then how to keep a job,” said Thomas. “We teach students how to write resumes, cover letters and reference pages. They learn interviewing skills, networking, how to fill out job applications. Later, once they’ve been placed with an employer, the students are taught business ethics, attitude and teamwork.”

Read complete story HERE

Work-Based Learning opportunities are available at every high school throughout Utah. If you’re interested in participating in a WBL experience talk to the school counselor in your school.

Join DECA members October 17, 2013 on Google+

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

November is DECA Month! What used to be DECA Week is now DECA Month. DECA chapters now have the flexibility to choose one week or the entire month to celebrate DECA and participate in five DECA Month campaigns.

DECA’s chapter campaigns are designed to help high school chapters increase membership, drive innovation and engage participation. The five chapter campaigns, listed below, will  invigorate your chapters throughout the year.

> Membership campaign
> Community Service campaign
> Promotion campaign
> Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign
> Advocacy campaign

Make DECA Month count by joining DECA members Thursday, October 17, 2013 on Google+ (gplus.to/decainc) where a panel of DECA members will share their ideas for DECA Month.

Make DECA Month a success by:
> Participating in DECA Month campaigns.
> Submitting DECA public service announcements
to radio stations, local television affiliates, and local public access channels.
> Connecting with DECA across the country using the DECA Month social media calendar.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Are you a DECA member? If you’re not a member of DECA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the DECA advisor in your school.

Plan now to celebrate DECA Month
Who: DECA members
What: DECA panel shares ideas for DECA Month via Google+
Where: gplus.to/decainc
When: Thursday, October 17, 2013