Surprise Students Shine at Leadership Event

The FCCLA State Leadership Conference March 28-30 in Tucson allowed students to participate in more than 30 different events, meet current candidates for the State Executive Council and state officers , qualify for the National Leadership Conference in San Diego and network with members across Arizona.

Students at Valley Vista High School received the following accolades: Olivia Black earned a gold medal and a perfect mark in chicken making. Megan Gatz and Sierra Painter both won silver in culinary arts. Joselyn Villegas won bronze in food innovations.

FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop life skills – planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication – all needed at home and at work. FCCLA programs are planned and managed by members.

The FBLA State Leadership Conference April 4-6 in Tucson gave students the opportunity to qualify for the national conference, compete in a variety of competitions, participate in workshops, and run for state office in the FBLA.

Dysart High School students Jared Wilson, Ryan Maisano, Bryan Naiuli, Damien Cordero and Devonte Reed placed in the top five for parliamentary proceedings.

Valley Vista students Lilly Smith and Raven Cardosi placed second in 3D animation.

The FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Students from the district’s four high schools competed in the state SkillsUSA competition held April 19-20 in Phoenix. This event is the premier showcase for high school and college students in Arizona’s business, technology, and service industries.

This annual championship includes more than 75 skills and leadership competitions that determine who will represent Arizona at the SkillsUSA National Championships.

Dysart High’s Gage Fuentes won silver in auto tech basic.
Several students from Shadow Ridge High School won medals, including Jordyn Jones, who won a gold medal in t-shirt design and a silver medal in advertising design. Alysa Horton received a gold medal for her stage coach interview skills. Zachary Hampton and Joseph Holm took second place in Web Development and Design. Jacob Bacome and Brian Bucsi won gold in 3D visualization, and Tyler Winter and Tyler Cain won bronze in additive manufacturing.

Willow Canyon High School students Allison Kotzbauer, Eli Hernandez and Morgan West won gold in the Career Pathways: Arts and Communications showcase and the club was named a Gold Chapter of Excellence.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical education partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides students with quality educational experiences in the areas of leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development by developing and strengthening self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills.

A national nonprofit education association, SkillsUSA is for middle school, high school, and college/post-secondary students preparing for careers in trades, techniques, and skilled services (including health).
Students from Dysart High, Shadow Ridge High School and Willow Canyon attended the DECA International Career Development Conference April 23-26 in Atlanta.

The event allows students to compete against over 10,000 DECA students from across the country. Students participated in the Emerging Leaders Series to learn 21st century skills in the areas of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

Students also network with hundreds of representatives at college and career expos as they plan for their future.

Shadow Ridge student Jamie Springer was among the 10 finalists in the project management community outreach event, and Noah Axelson, Lily McDaniel and Kloey Garcia took sixth place in the virtual company restaurant.

Irene Silva, Bethanie Lopez-Draeger and Servando Lopez of Dysart High won gold in the Small Business Food Operations competition. Dysart High students Lorenzo Roman and Dawn Jones won fourth place in the business law and ethics competition.

DECA is a leading student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.

DECA is one of many career and technical education opportunities offered to prepare students with the academic and professional skills needed to successfully enter the job market.

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