Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) first place state winners competed at the 2015 National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas. Middle/junior high and high school student members participated in 60 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts they learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.
At the conference, more than 21 middle/junior high and high school student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 19 technology-based competitive events. Among these winners were two high school students who placed first in four VEX Robotics competitions, and one middle school student who placed first in the System Control Technology competition.
FIRST PLACE – High School VEX Robotics – Combined Skills VEX Robotics – Excellence Award VEX Robotics – Head-to-Head VEX Robotics – Robot Skills
COOPER GRAY and ADAM JOHNSON (Davis High School)
FIRST PLACE – Middle/Junior High School
System Control Technology JAY CLIFT (Oak Canyon Junior High school)
TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology and engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in technology and engineering. Utah has 3,279 members in 53 chapters.
More than 8,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
More than 100 Utah FBLA students advanced to the national finals, from the state competition held in March, and many were victorious in their events. More than 100 Utah FBLA student members received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. View the list of winners HERE.
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
Beginning in the fall, Utah FBLA members will prepare for region and then state competitions. Each first place winner, from the state competition, will advance to the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29-July 2.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the largest and oldest student business organization, with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.
By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member
Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences specialist, Utah State Office of Education
Utah SkillsUSA members joined their peers from across the country at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-26, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. At the conference, 182 secondary (104) and postsecondary (78) Utah SkillsUSA student members competed in 77 of 100 skill competitions. Forty-seven of these students were medalists, with 24 receiving a gold medal, 12 receiving a silver medal, and 11 receiving a bronze medal. From architectural drafting to automotive refinishing technology to carpentry to welding fabrication, Utah SkillsUSA student members competed against their peers with a high level of skill, unmatched determination, and focused concentration.
For the first time in SkillsUSA history middle/junior high school students attended the NLSC and competed in one contest, the team engineering challenge. Although each middle/junior high student was young in age they competed with brave determination beyond their years, as high school and college SkillsUSA student members cheered them on.
In his keynote speech, Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, told SkillsUSA members, “You are respected and connected and educated and motivated and dedicated and prepared and skilled! You are going to ensure the future of America. I have confidence in it and so should you.”
SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers > 36 million dollars in total in-kind industry contributions (donated time, equipment, or materials)
> 1.2 million square feet (equivalent to the area of more than 20 football fields) of contest space
> 76,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including 122 companies and institutions
> 60,000 volunteer hours
> 6,106 competitors
> 1,125 medals presented (gold, silver, and bronze)
> 1,000 judges
> 650 technical committee members
> 600+ conference participants participated in the community service project sponsored by GOJO
> 340 National Education Team/volunteer conference management staff
> 175 recognition awards
> 150 Courtesy Corps volunteers
> 112 individuals and 12 teams received the President’s Volunteer Service Award
> 100 hands-on and leadership contests
> 75 $1,000 scholarships awarded to competitors for travel to the conference, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation
SkillsUSA members celebrated their talents and also celebrated the impact SkillsUSA has had on their personal lives, making each member a Champion at Work. In 1965, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers held a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. Five decades later, SkillsUSA has become an unstoppable nationwide network of students and instructors who share a common bond with industry.
Utah SkillsUSA: By the Numbers Congratulations to the Utah SkillsUSA secondary and postsecondary student members who competed in 29 different contests at the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC. More than 120 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed Utah SkillsUSA members compete.
Secondary SkillsUSA Student Members
6 national medalists
> 4 bronze medalists
> 1 silver medalists
> 1 gold medalists
Congratulations to the high school student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Six students earned a fourth place finish and two earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.
Postsecondary SkillsUSA Student Members
41 national medalists
> 23 gold medalists
> 11 silver medalists
> 7 bronze medalists
Utah Valley University earned more medals than most of the states competing; and Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, and several of the Utah College of Applied Technology Colleges dominated in many of the competitions.
Congratulations to the postsecondary student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Ten students earned a fourth place finish and ten students earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.
Utah ranked fifth in receiving the most medals of any one state, moving up from seventh last year. HERE is the list of contest results.
On June 23, 2015, over 8,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Anaheim, California for the HOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference. The Hilton Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 104 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 230 delegates from Utah.
Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. On Wednesday morning, Utah HOSA Delegates attended a breakfast orientation led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Omar Ramirez, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Weston Lee, Dereck Tolua, Sadie Bird, Angelika Briones, Montana Vonhatten).
The conference officially began Wednesday evening with the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact and Living and Dying in Brick City) was an amazing keynote speaker. He reminded students, “Those who call you nerd today will call you boss tomorrow.” He also encouraged students by saying, “When you’re this close to quitting, you’re this much closer to success.”
Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis
Thursday and Friday were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday included a sight-seeing in San Clemente and rides in Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm AND the Grand Awards Ceremonies! View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.
We would like to congratulate all of 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, and who spent so much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education’s Career and Technical Education department, 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 scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.
Utah 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 of 3,800. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education department of the Utah State Office of Education. The Health Science Specialist is Rachel Bolin.
Utah HOSA, congratulations on a successful conference!
2015-2016 State HOSA Officers
Back row, left to right:
Weston Lee, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Dereck Tuloa
Front row, left to right:
Angelika Briones, Jennifer Duenas, Omar Ramirez, Montana VonHatten
President Obama recently signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.
The CTE Scholars will be chosen on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. This is one of the nations’ highest honors for high school students.
“The U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE program will be a fantastic opportunity to give our CTE students additional recognition that they so greatly deserve from our leaders in Washington,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I am thrilled that President Obama and his Administration have taken this step to acknowledge the excellence and innovation happening in CTE classrooms nationwide, which is laying the foundation for students’ college and career success.”
The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, during the Administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, to recognize the nation’s top high school graduates based on their scholastic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Through this executive order, President Obama and his administration will now recognize up to 20 students who have achieved excellence in their education and at the same time build greater prestige and public support for CTE programs. The first group of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016.
Utah FCCLA student members, who placed first in the state competition, are in Washington, D.C., along with more than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country, to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Beginning July 5 and continuing through July 9, FCCLA student members will attend 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.
On July 8 FCCLA will host a rally on Capitol Hill, with 5,000 youth and adults in attendance, to showcase support for Family and Consumer Sciences education and celebrate 70 years of youth career preparation and leadership. The rally will feature special guest speakers and the largest performance ever of the “GimmeFive Dance.” The GimmeFive Dance was created by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyles, which is in keeping with the FCCLA national conference’s theme of “Together We Are Healthy.”
At the conference FCCLA will continue to celebrate its 70th anniversary —#70YearsStrong. Founded as Future Homemakers of America in June 1945, the organization had a focus to prepare teens for their roles as homemakers in the post-World War II era. In 1999 FHA members voted to change the organization’s name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a move that symbolized its modern focus on leadership and career preparation while also honoring a foundation in preparing both men and women to have strong families, successful careers and to be community leaders. Today, the organization’s program focus includes financial management, career planning, leadership development and community service, while also meeting the increasing need for highly trained employees for the culinary, hospitality, early childhood, and fashion/interior design industries.
Today through July 2 Utah FBLA first place state winners will join their FBLA peers from across the country, in Chicago, Illinois, to compete in over 60 competitive leadership events at the 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience. Through workshops and exhibits, members will share their successes and learn new ideas about shaping their career future.
Utah TSA student members have arrived in Dallas, Texas to attend the 37th Annual 2015 National TSA Conference, through July 2. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Dallas, Texas to compete at the 2015 TSA National Leadership Conference.
TSA: Designing Your Dreams
“This past year has, once again, been successful, productive, and record-breaking for TSA. As our association continues to grow, so will our challenges and need for strong leadership. I am certain that over the coming years TSA members will meet and exceed expectations.”
Today the 38th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Anaheim, California. More than 8,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories will join together to compete in 47 competitive events and experience HOSA at its absolute best. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations.
Utah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2015 SkillsUSA 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year, the event will occupy a space equivalent to 16 football fields and 6,000 state champions will participate in 100 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be a week of citizenship, a week of leadership, and a week of champions!
Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 23.
> Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. EDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 24-Thursday, June 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
> SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
“After 21 years in one location [Kansas City, Missouri], it presents a little more of a challenge to get ready, but it is going to be great. It will be the largest conference ever . . . We estimate the total attendance to be approximately 16,000. These numbers do not include judges, exhibitors, and other volunteers who are not registered participants,” said Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director.