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Makayla Hendricks Awarded U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education

May 4th, 2016

Photo - Makayla HendricksToday U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Congratulations to the following U.S. Presidential Scholars from Utah:

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Academics
Jennifer A. Ban, Logan High School
Anthony L. Cheng, Hillcrest High School

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts
Aubree A. Oliverson, Mountain Heights Academy

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education
Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School

Makayla Hendricks was one of the inaugural 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars awarded in the area of career and technical education. Last year, President Obama signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.

“We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!” said Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

On June 19, 2016, each U.S. Presidential Scholar will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at the Presidential Scholars Program homepage.

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160 Students From Across the Country Named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars
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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

May 4th, 2016

Elvis Mateo Mendez III - HSOn Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the 30th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution in Utah.

Each award recipient was one of 214 applicants who applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. At the banquet, 102 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for up to one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who received a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.

Educators, plan now to encourage next year’s seniors to apply for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Take a look at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Web page and become familiar with the guidelines and application.

Meet Karlie Ault: Future Veterinary Technician

May 4th, 2016

Karlie Ault (Ag)“My goal is to complete the pre-veterinary program and receive my associate degree from Utah State University Eastern. After getting my degree I want to become a certified technician.

“A Caring Vet Animal Hospital in Lindon has given me the opportunity to be an intern during my senior year. In February I was hired as an employee. While going to school I plan to stay at A Caring Vet Animal Hospital.

“I took many CTE classes in high school that I feel were beneficial to me in preparation for my college education to become a technician. Biology, chemistry, animal science and veterinary assisting helped me understand cells and how a body functions. I have a passion for animals and their well-being and want to pursue a career in agriculture.

“My CTE Pathways was Animal Systems. I’m so glad I chose this pathway to help start my education to become a veterinary technician.”

—Karlie Ault, American Fork High School

Karlie Ault -Ag

UtahCTE.org congratulations Karlie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah State University Eastern. Karlie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Rory James Pollard: Future Business and Marketing Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Rory Jame Pollard (BusMkt)“My goal after high school is to attend Weber State University (WSU) and pursue my dream of becoming a high school business and marketing teacher, as well as a DECA advisor. I want to be able to inspire students to follow their business and marketing dreams just as I have been inspired to follow mine.

“The business and marketing courses that I have taken in high school have really influenced me in the direction I would like to go for my future education and career. My marketing classes, my internship, and being an active member of DECA have helped to confirm my love of marketing, and have left no doubt in my mind that I want to be able to share my love and knowledge with my own high school students and classes one day.

“I have loved taking all the CTE classes. These classes have prepared me for my future career and have also given me life skills that will help me achieve my goals and dreams. By the time I graduate from high school I will have received 18 credits at WSU through the concurrent enrollment classes I have taken in high school. I am very passionate about business and marketing and I am so excited to share that passion with future generations.”

—Rory James Pollard, Fremont High School


UtahCTE.org congratulates Rory on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Weber State University. Rory was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.


Meet Mattie Lynn Case: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Mattie Lynn Case (FACS)“At the beginning of my senior year I discovered that my interest in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) was no longer just a hobby but had grown into a passion. I specifically want to be a foods and ProStart teacher.

“The CTE courses I have taken in high school have done nothing but prepare me for my life after high school. I have learned many valuable skills that will help me succeed during college and during my career. By taking the CTE courses I have been able to be involved with FCCLA, which has taught me people, leadership, and community skills. These are all traits I have developed and will need to use on a daily basis during my career as a teacher.

“My participation in CTE classes during high school has taught me valuable skills and lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My time spent in these classes has also influenced my decision to become a Family and Consumer Sciences educator someday. My participation in CTE is not something that will cease after I graduate from high school; I plan on becoming further educated in the area and hope to one day educate others.”

—Mattie Lynn Case, Herriman High School

Mattie Lynn Case - FACS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Mattie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Mattie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti: Future Nurse

May 4th, 2016

Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti (HS)“Taking the certified nursing assistant class at Granite Technical Institute has really helped me understand the background of nursing and has increased my desire of wanting to become a nurse. In the CNA class I learned many skills. Most importantly I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life and care for them in the ways I would want my loved ones to be cared for.

“It’s a requirement for many RN programs to have your CNA before applying to nursing school. I’m glad that CTE gave me the chance to complete that requirement while in high school. The CTE courses I have taken have prepared me for my future by giving me the privilege to become trained in two areas related to my dream career and finding out that I really like it.

“My personal goal is to attend Weber State University. After completing the RN nursing program I will work part-time as a nurse and continue going to school to get my BSN.”

—Marie Chantal Niwenshuti, Taylorsville High School

Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti - HS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Marie Chantal on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Weber State University. Marie Chantal was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Lauren Yancey: Future Graphic Designer and Animator

May 4th, 2016

Lauren Yancey (IT)“From the time I was little, my biggest life goal has been to graduate from college. Almost everything I have worked for throughout my life has contributed to achieving this goal. From this same early age, I also knew I wanted to pursue a career in the arts.

“My career goal is to one day be able to do what I love, by creating artwork and animation that will improve the lives of others—whether in entertainment, education, or any other form. I believe that artwork has the power to change lives. However, I know that without a college education my goals would become dreams that would become exceedingly difficult to achieve.

“To reach my goal of becoming a graphic designer and animator, I will need to gain both an education and extensive experience in both of these fields. I have begun my experience and education by taking multiple CTE classes while still in high school, that will prepare me for the fields of graphic design and animation. The CTE classes have given me the preparation and foundation for college that I will need to stay one step ahead in order to succeed.”

Lauren Yancey, Hunter High School

Lauren Yancey - IT

UtahCTE.org congratulates Lauren on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Lauren was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Jacob Michael Argyle: Future Aerospace Composites Technician

May 4th, 2016

Jacob Argyle (STS)“As I progressed through school, I never saw myself going to a four-year college. I was more interested in a career where I could move around and work with my hands. When I got into junior high school I took CTE classes like woodworking, metals, and basic welding. I really enjoyed them. When I got to high school, my counselor told me about Mountainland Applied Technology College (MATC) and that I could begin training for a hands-on career while in high school. It caught my attention. I decided that composites would be the best option for me.

“My long-term occupation and educational goal is to get a job working in the aerospace industry making composites. I appreciate the opportunity I have had to pursue CTE classes, both in high school and in the composites program at MATC. I feel like I have a head start on my future career. I feel that through taking CTE classes I was able to find a plan that will work for me.”

—Jacob Michael Argyle, Pleasant Grove High School

Jacob Michael Argyle - STS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jacob on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Mountainland Applied Technology College. Jacob was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Preston Henke: Future Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician

May 4th, 2016

Preston Henke (TE)“I have been fortunate enough to enroll in a variety of technical courses along with my general high school curriculum. CTE classes have shown me a clear path for my future, because I have been able to experience more than just math and English. I have always been very curious as to how things work. I like to fix things, solve problems, and tear things apart just to put them back together again, or maybe see if I can make them work better.

“During my senior year I was accepted into a mechanical engineering internship at a local power plant. This internship combined with my engineering classes, I believe, has given me a great insight to what the future holds for me. I have been able to try it out—give it a test run, so to speak. I like the way it fits! I believe an aerospace engineering and operations technician job is exactly what I want. I will be able to build, test, and maintain aircraft.”

 —Preston Henkie, Delta High School

Preston Henke - TE

UtahCTE.org congratulates Preston on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah State University Eastern. Preston was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Utah CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

May 4th, 2016

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) student members are preparing to compete at national CTSO competitions. The top competitors from each CTSO competed first in district competitions and then advanced to state competitions. The first place winners from five CTSO state competitions, held in February and March, will compete this summer in national competitions. UtahCTE.org wishes each CTSO student member success as they travel to their respective national competition and compete against their peers.

state officers 2015-2016 CURRENTSkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 20-24, 2016 Louisville, Kentucky
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Connecting You to Career Success
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: SkillsUSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Agenda
View: 2016 SkillsUSA State Winners

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The 2016 SkillsUSA 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase the best Career and Technical Education students 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.

2015-2016 State HOSA OfficersHOSA International Leadership Conference
June 22-25, 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
HOSA – Future Health Professionals
Conference theme: Innovate. Inspire. Ignite.
Keynote speakers:
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Brad Montague, Creator of “Kid President”
View: Conference Guide | PDF | Interactive Flip Book
View: 2016 HOSA State Winners

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students. This year HOSA celebrates its 39th annual leadership conference. In 1976, 384 delegates and advisors joined together at a Constitutional Convention in Arlington, Texas and began HOSA. The HOSA 39th Annual International Leadership 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.

2015-2016 TSA state officersTSA National Conference
June 28-July 2, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: Building a Legacy
Keynote speaker: TBA
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2016 TSA State Winners

The mission of the Technology Student Association (TSA) is to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. During the annual TSA 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.

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: CONNECT
Keynote speaker: Logan Weber | David Novak
Watch: 2016 FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Guide
View: 2016 FBLA State Winners
Twitter: @FBLA_National
Instagram: fbla_pbl

The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The 2016 National Leadership Conference (NLC) will draw thousands of future business leaders to Atlanta, Georgia 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, especially for those running for national office. Members also have the opportunity to attend the Institute for Leaders (IFL). This high-energy, intensive, two-day seminar is a focused, leadership experience for state and local chapter officers, members, and advisers. At the State Leadership Conferences, students competed in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners advance to the National Leadership Conference to compete for national awards.

2015-16 State OfficersFCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 3-7, 2016 San Diego, California
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: EMPOWER
Keynote speaker: TBA
View: Conference Guide
View: 2016 FCCLA State Winners
Facebook @NationalFCCLA
Twitter: @NationalFCCLA
Instagram: NationalFCCLA

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. This summer, FCCLA members from across the country will gather in sunny San Diego to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA program workshops and leadership sessions, and compete in STAR Events.

We want to hear about the national leadership conference you attended and the skill competition you participated in. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.


Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) provide relevant, engaging programs that improve student achievement, reduce dropout rates, and help students discover the wide range of career options available. CTSO programs, such as industry-based competitive events and community service, provide students with the opportunity to develop 21st century skills focused on creativity, problem solving, teamwork, and goal setting.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

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.