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Utah FBLA Members Shine at National Competition

July 10th, 2014

Utah FBLA members recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee where they competed in 60 competitive events at the 2014 FBLA National Leadership Conference June 29-July 2. This year, attendance was at a record high with just over 10,500 FBLA student members and advisers joining the conference from across the country. Ninety-two Utah FBLA students advanced to the national finals, from the state competition held in March, and many were victorious in their events. View the list of winners HERE.

“Congratulations to all who attended and represented Utah. This was by far the toughest competition we have ever encountered in our organization,” said Duke Di
Stefano, Utah FBLA-PBL State Director.

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 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 29-July 2.

Utah HOSA Excels at 2014 NLC

July 8th, 2014

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

On June 25, 2014, over 8,400 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Orlando, Florida for the HOSA 37th Annual National Leadership Conference (NLC). The Coronado Springs Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 65 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, and networking opportunities for the 242 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the state officers attending the HOSA University Leadership Training Institute hosted by Mark Burley and David Kelly. Tuesday evening, Utah HOSA President Alex Salimbene (Viewmont High School) represented Utah at the State Presidents’ reception, where she was able to network with other states. State HOSA Secretary, AJ Bull (West High School) was Utah’s representative on the Nominating Committee. This committee helps to determine the slate of national officer candidates.

Wednesday’s registration was led by Andrew Wilson and Angie Abbott (state officer coaches). Wednesday morning included breakfast at the Disney property, Port Orleans Riverside. Wednesday night the HOSA Opening Ceremonies started with a welcome from the Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, and a keynote address by the world renowned, futurist and physicist Michio Kaku.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were dedicated to competitions, business sessions and educational symposia. State officers – Alex Salimbene, Omar Ramirez, Madison Johnson (Davis High School) and Sariah Gridley (Tooele Community Learning Center)served as the voting delegates to elect the new national officers and chose the service project for the coming year. The new HOSA service project will be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday included Disney or Universal theme parks during the day and the HOSA Awards Ceremony at night. We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers that participated and excelled at the conference. View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.

Thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference and spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education Career and Technical Education Department, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA 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, Utah HOSA, Noodles and Company, The Richard McDermott Charitable Foundation and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.

Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!

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 81 chapters in both high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,150. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education Division of the Utah State Office of Education.

Left to right:
Jacob Lambertsen – Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President
Alex Salimbene – President
Omar Ramirez – Service Vice President
Sariah Gridley – Salt Lake/Tooele Area Vice President
Shianne Douglas – Central Utah Vice President
AJ Bull – Secretary
Madison Johnson – Northern Area Vice President

Utah FCCLA Members Arrive in Texas for 2014 NLC

July 7th, 2014

Today through July 10, Utah FCCLA student members are in San Antonio, Texas with more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country for the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC). FCCLA student members will compete in 30 STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. From Culinary Arts to Fashion Design to Sports Nutrition to Early Childhood Education, student members compete at the district, state and then advance to the national level.

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Like FCCLA on Facebook #FCCLANLC
Follow FCCLA on Twitter #FCCLANLC

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

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

Utah Students Arrive at FBLA 2014 National Leadership Conference

June 30th, 2014

Today FBLA first place state winners from across the country assemble in Nashville, Tennessee to compete in leadership events at the FBLA 2014 National Leadership Conference. Utah FBLA student members will compete in over 60 competitive events during the four-day conference, June 29-July 2.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m. (CDT).

View Conference Program
Follow FBLA on Twitter #NLC2014
Like FBLA on Facebook #NLC2014

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Nashville to compete at the FBLA 2014 National Leadership Conference.

“On behalf of your board of directors, national staff, and national officer team, welcome to Nashville and the 2014 National Leadership Conference! Let this program serve as your passport to network with your peers, attend dynamic workshops, prepare for competitions, and continue to help you put Excellence in Action! Take advantage of this conference and city to maximize your learning and leadership experience.”

–Jean M. Buckley, FBLA-PBL, Inc. President and CEO

FBLA: Excellence in Action

Set Goals with College and Career in Mind

June 30th, 2014

Setting goals to be ready for college and career is like planning for your day-to-day activities but with a bigger perspective. To get serious about planning for school success – both today and for your success in college and career – you need to have some goals in mind. Goals make planning meaningful. Remember, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up somewhere else!” So, how do you know what goals to set? Do some serious thinking about what you want to accomplish in the future. Take some time to write down the steps (also known as ‘short term goals’) that will help you achieve your dreams. Once you have something in mind, planning will make more sense and hold more value. It will be easier to create a 4-year plan for high school and know what you need to do to be college and career ready.

What do you see yourself doing after high school: college, career and life? What is your “dream” for YOUR future? Start with at least three ideas or goals:

1. Your college dream:  _____________________________________________

2. Your career dream: ______________________________________________

3. Your life dream: _________________________________________________

What are some specific steps you can take to accomplish your dreams?

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

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Begin by making your school experiences meaningful and productive, take charge!

> Take classes that:

  • Will prepare you to reach your goals.
  • Meet graduation requirements.
  • Will prepare you for 1, 2, 4, or more years of education and training after high school.
  • Will prepare you with marketable skills that lead to a job.

> Get involved and participate in a school club or other school activity groups.

> Track your success! Keep a file of your grades, school progress, and school activities.

Remember what you do now will lead to what you can do for college, career, and life in the future!

The blog is taken from the Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12, page 8.

Julia Perry: Fashion Designer Extraordinaire

June 27th, 2014

By Holly Hutchings
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Dixon Middle School, Provo School District

Former Provo High School student Julia Perry returned from New York to give a fashion presentation at the 2014 Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education summer conference! Julia shared an awesome presentation! I was in awe to hear about the amazing things she has been doing since she graduated from Provo High School in 2003!

During Julia’s senior year she participated in Provo High Schools pilot New York Field Study. I was astonished to see all the things she has done and the places she has been since she graduated. When Julia was in high school she was an amazing seamstress, and her skills have only culminated into magnificent from there!

At the conference, Julia told how she started heading toward a career that didn’t quite have her heart, so she decided to change direction and follow the direction that her heart was pulling her. This direction was FASHION! After Julia decided to change career direction she applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). (FIT is one of the top design schools in the United States and is the school where Calvin Klein received his training.) She got accepted and studied tailoring and women’s sportswear. After graduating from FIT, Julia went to work for some of the top fashion designers such as, Cynthia Rowley, Isaac Mitzrahi, Ralph Lauren, and a number of others! She also studied at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.

Julia has pushed herself even further, not only has she worked with great fashion designers, she is on the road to becoming one! In February, Julia launched her own line of clothing—Point&Hue—at Fashion Week Las Vegas! Way to go Julia!

Check out Julia’s clothing line at www.pointandhue.com.

Julia is currently pursuing an MBA at Brigham Young University. Many people have asked Julia why she is pursuing an MBA. Her response, “People don’t understand how much of fashion is really a business. It’s artistic, but at the end of the day it’s a business. If you don’t sell you don’t stay in business, so it’s an important thing to learn.”

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Utah TSA Student Members to Compete at National Conference

June 27th, 2014

Utah TSA student members are arriving in Washington, DC to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. 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.

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SkillsUSA on Twitter #NatTSA2k14
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SkillsUSA on Facebook #NatTSA2k14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Washington, DC to compete at the TSA 2014 National Leadership Conference.

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

“The 2013-2014 national officers and I wish you the best of luck and thank you for all of your efforts. Without your devotion, TSA would not be as special as it is. Go forth and be the best in your competitions, learn, make some memories and have fun,” says Sanjay Koduvalli, National TSA President.

Utah Students to Compete at 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference

June 25th, 2014

Today the 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Orlando, Florida. The conference brings together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to 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 HOSA members are prepared to compete against their peers in 47 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching the:
> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST

View Conference Guide
Follow
HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2014
Like HOSA on Facebook #HOSAnlc2014
Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app HERE.

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

“This has been an exciting year of growth and positive change for HOSA, and we’re only getting started. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments with you in Orlando. Let’s impact our future at this year’s National Leadership Conference,” says Antonio Hernandez, National HOSA President.

SkillsUSA 2014 National Leadership and Skills Conference

June 23rd, 2014

Utah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Kansas City, Missouri to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Throughout the week long conference, first place state competition winners will compete against their peers in 99 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Monday, June 23.

> Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. CDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 25 and
Thursday, June 26 beginning at 8 a.m. CDT
> Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. CDT

View Conference Program
Follow
SkillsUSA on Twitter #NLSC14
Like SkillsUSA on Facebook #NLSC14

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

“We are going to Kansas City for one purpose only, to provide [Utah] students an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level of national competition. . .We will graciously accept the results, whatever they are. . .” said Richard Wittwer, SkillsUSA Utah State Director.

 SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

Related story:
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Kansas City Here We Come!

June 18th, 2014

By Tim Lawrence
Executive Director
SkillsUSA

This afternoon a huge tractor trailer left the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center here in Leesburg, Virginia headed to Kansas City. The truck was “loaded to the max” with National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) programs, office equipment, electronics for registration, the Championships, and every file and document imaginable to support our big event. Some staff is already on site and more leave everyday headed to Kansas City.

This 50th NLSC marks what will be the largest national conference in our history with the largest group ever registered for the conference and the SkillsUSA Championships. There will be dynamic sessions, lots of learning and growing, and thousands of lives changed for the better.

Non-profit organizations like SkillsUSA don’t last 50 years without a dedicated team of hard working people who make great things happen every day. And I realize, as does the board, staff and foundation that this event continues to grow and impact more students and teachers for one primary reason – the outstanding work that you provide to your state association. No student comes to NLSC without the encouragement of that special instructor, dedicated administrator and the leadership of the state director. We salute you, thank you and look forward to seeing you in just a few short days.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in a few days. Safe travels to all of you and your delegations!

 

This blog post was originally published on the SkillsUSA.org on June 18, 2014.