Cascadia Tech News

February 2023

From Our Director

Our leadership students have been busy this school year! Most recently, many of our SkillsUSA students qualified for the state competition in April. Also, our Mock Trial team did very well competing at the Clark County Courthouse and will also be heading to state. Congratulations to all of our leadership students and I wish them well at their state competitions.

We are currently accepting applications for next school year. For more information, check out the link below, or go to our website.

If you’re looking for a way to support students at Cascadia Tech, plan to attend the upcoming Annual Foundation Dinner & Auction held in May. For more information, see the Foundation section at the bottom of the newsletter.

We are doing great things!

-Joan Huston

SkillsUSA Washington Southwest Regional Competitions

We are proud to announce the results of the recent SkillsUSA SW Regional Technical and Leadership Competition. Cascadia Tech Academy students showcased their exceptional skills and talent in various career and technical fields. We are proud to announce that our school has come out on top, with several students winning first place in their respective categories.

103 students competed in 128 contests. 16 Gold Medals, 16 Silver Medals, and 12 Bronze Medals.

Our students have worked tirelessly to prepare for this competition, and their hard work and dedication have paid off. The state invitation list will be distributed by the end of the month. We are confident that our students will represent our school with the same level of excellence at the state competition.

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to these students and their advisors Bill Draper, Adam Eldridge, Lance Landis, Andrew McColley, Dan Robertson, Frank Rizzuti, Carron Sager, Nolan Sager, Charles Shepard and Ray Nelson for their remarkable achievements. This is a testament to the quality of education and training our school provides and the outstanding talent of our students.

Thank you for your continued support of SkillsUSA and our students.

Pre-Engineering Design Technology

Technical Competitions

3 Axis CNC Milling Programmer

  • Gold: Tristen Carlson

Additive Manufacturing

  • Gold: Oliver Ferguson, Joseph Williamson; Bronze: Tristen Carlson, Isaiah Saleniuc

Automotive Technology

Technical Competitions

Automotive Service

  • Gold: Nathan Gentry; Silver: Jamaree Gipson; Bronze: Simon Charlton

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

  • Gold: Nick Seavet; Silver: Ethan Perry; Bronze: Ryan Stanberry

Leadership Competitions


  • Silver: Justin Jones

Customer Service

  • Gold: Nick Cuneta; Silver: Mikahla Babick; Bronze: Addison Alwert

Job Interview

  • Gold: Nick Cuneta

Special thanks to interviewers/judges: Scott Rood of Mercury Associates, Pete Holt of Subaru America, Tom Gilstrap of Dick Hannah Subaru, Kelly Porter of Les Schwab (Ret.), Abby Bacon of Dick Hannah Volkswagen, and Devin Henry of Dick Hannah Toyota and to Cascadia Tech Foundation, Dick Hannah, Clark College, Northside Ford, and Les Schwab for donating the prizes. The students got to choose tools, swag, a hat, and a shirt. Dick Hannah provided $750 dollars for both top winners in Maintenance and Light Repair, and Auto Repair, $500 for second, and $250 for third.

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Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts

Technical Competitions

Baking and Pastry Arts

  • Silver: Miriam Martinez; Bronze: Kathreen Bobrik

Culinary Arts

  • Silver: Joel Frakes; Bronze: Ethan Thepsouvanh

Restaurant Services

  • Gold: Loki Saldivar; Silver: Hannah Parent; Bronze: Jania Hill

Construction Technology

Technical Competition


  • Gold: Dennis Malos
  • Silver: Kaden Stroebel

Leadership Competitions


  • Gold: Celia Langarica

Related Technical Math

  • Gold: Cole Cuypers; Silver: Kaden Stroebel; Bronze: Bradley Tanner

Information Technology Systems, Service & Security

Technical Competitions

Computer Maintenance

  • Gold: Noah Julius; Silver: Kyle Leffel; Bronze: Malcom McLennan

Information Technology Services

  • Gold: Mia Greer; Silver: Brennan Murphy; Bronze: Dennis Rafferty

Cyber Security

  • Gold: Parker Ellson, Nick Anderson; Silver: Tyler Grossman, Ethan Rathke

Telecommunications Cabling

  • Gold: Eli Berglin; Silver: Ethan Farrant

Leadership Competition

Job Skills Demonstration A

  • Gold: Kyle Leffel; Silver: Aiden Strite; Bronze: Nick Anderson


Technical Competition


  • Gold: Ava Bonner; Silver: Samira Paez-Velverde; Bronze: Esther Poshelyuznyy
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Thank you to Cyndie Rose and Debbie for judging.

Mock Trial Team Heads to State

The Cascadia Tech Academy Mock Trial Team competed at the Clark County Courthouse. They took second place in their division and qualified for the state tournament. The state competition will be held in Olympia on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25. The state awards ceremony is on Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 AM.

Congratulations to the following winners and nominees:

Best Attorney- Wilson Grant

Best Attorney Nominees- Dorian Ailshie, Braeden Alexander and Jenavieve Boruff

Best Witness- Jenavieve Boruff

Best Witness Nominees- Elena Betts, Tabby Cox, and Emily Langevin

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Important Dates

March 1 Early Release (No S II/Cosmo II)

March 15 Early Release (No S II/Cosmo II)

March 20 No School (3rd Snow Make Up Day)

March 22 VIP Tour

March 24 & 25 E-Waste Recycling Event

March 27-30 New Student Orientation

April 3-7 Spring Break

E-Waste Recycling Event

Information Technology students at Cascadia Technical Academy are accepting electronic donations.

Friday, March 24: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday, March 25: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Where do I bring my donation?
The drop off location is at Cascadia Technical Academy, 12200 NE 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682 in front of the 400 building “Firstenburg Technology Center”

What items are not accepted?
Cascadia Tech does not accept appliances, TV’s, Styrofoam or batteries.
Earth Friendly Recycling will take appliances.
Goodwill, West Van Recycling, and Central Transfer and Recycle accept TVs.

​Email with questions about donation items.

Thank you to our sponsors for the recycling event!
Earth Friendly Recycling – Recycling resource of electronic donations
ITS3 Advisory Committee
Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation

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Counselor's Corner

Mr. Hovde can help students and their families fill out their FAFSA, College/Tech School Applications, Apprenticeship Applications and any Scholarships you might be applying for.

If you are struggling with any social, emotional, academic or family issues, Mr. Hovde is available to schedule a meeting with you. Please email him at

Accepting Applications

Are you a current sophomore or junior in Clark County who is not currently attending Cascadia Tech? Please fill out the application on our website. Accepted applicants will be notified by Cascadia Tech via email mid-March.

Save The Date

Join us Saturday, May 6th for our 2023 Annual Dinner and Auction at ilani Casino Resort presented by NW Natural.

We are looking forward to an incredible event this year as we raise funds to support education that works! You will hear from current and former students how Cascadia Technical Academy has helped prepare them for their future. We have an exciting program prepared, along with silent and live auctions.

The theme for the event is “Inspiring Greatness,” and no one has inspired greatness at Cascadia Tech Academy and in our community more than Dennis Kampe. Join us as we pay a special tribute to Dennis Kampe, honoring him for over 40 years of dedication to our school and community.

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Thank You Sponsors

Cascadia Technical Academy thanks our corporate sponsors! Contact Dave Cole at for additional information.
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