CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 5, Issue 3 - March 2021

Sumner County Schools Leads the State in TN Pathways Certifications

Sumner County Schools in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee Board of Regents are pleased to announce 15 new career and technical education certified pathways available for Sumner County Schools students. Sumner County Schools received recognition for 10 pathways in 2019, bringing the total number of certified pathways to 25, which is the most in the state.


The Tennessee Pathways Certifications range from coding to culinary arts and recognize a strong alignment between Sumner County high school programs, postsecondary partners, and high-quality employment opportunities in the region. The goal is to ensure students have a clear and guided pathway to move seamlessly into the workforce.


“Sumner County Schools works hard to prepare students for life after graduation,” Sumner County Schools Supervisor of CTE and STEM Chase Moore said. “We’ve worked really hard to develop programs that allow students to earn certifications and credentials in a variety of fields before they even graduate, as well as partner with local employers to provide a variety of work-based learning experiences."


Pathways certified in 2021:

  • Beech HS - Criminal Justice
  • Beech HS - Diagnostic Services
  • Beech HS - Marketing Management
  • Beech HS - Sport and Human Performance
  • Gallatin HS - Culinary Arts
  • Gallatin HS - Fire Management Services
  • Gallatin HS - Marketing Management
  • Gallatin HS - Therapeutic Services
  • Hendersonville HS - Architectural & Engineering Design
  • Hendersonville HS - Coding
  • Hendersonville HS - Marketing Management
  • Portland HS - Criminal Justice
  • Portland HS - Marketing Management
  • Westmoreland HS - Machining Technology
  • White House HS - Marketing Management

Ribbon Cutting at Westmoreland HS

Sumner County Schools celebrated $175,000 in new Machining Technology equipment at WHS with a ribbon cutting on January 28. The funds were awarded through the Perkins Reserve Grant and were used to purchase three manual lathes, two knee mills, one CNC mill, and one iron worker.

PHS Teacher Wins Teacher of the Year

Portland High School Ag teacher, Brad Kirkham, was awarded Sumner County Farm Bureau's Ag Teacher of the Year. Mr. Kirkham received the award from Tennessee State Senator Ferrell Haile, Tennessee State Representative Willam Lamberth, and PHS FFA President Kolby Ward.
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Regional CTSO Competition Results

PHS FBLA Results

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BHS FBLA Region 3 Results

Sam Pindrock/Noah Wunder - 1st place - Entrepreneurship
James Castro/Kaden White/Kody Litchfield - 2nd place - Entrepreneurship
Ethan Mitchell - 1st place - Computer Problem Solving
Zach Lee - 2nd place - Computer Problem Solving
Bennett McLendon - 1st place - Impromptu Speaking
Niya Angelova - 2nd place - intro to Public Speaking
Jason Zurlo - 1st place - Networking Infrastructures
Ellen Henderson - 2nd place - Organizational Leadership
Ella Paligo - 1st place - Political Science

HHS FBLA Regional Conference Results

Morgan Enders - 1st, Accounting
Alex Mathis - 4th, Accounting
Sydney McDaniel - 5th, Accounting
Camelia Pele - 1st, Accounting II
Pius Imafidon - 3rd, Business Communications
Emma Luallen - 3rd, Economics
Lane Dunn - 4th, Economics
Mary Grace Rodden - 5th, Intro to Business Communications
Kaylee Denton - 3rd, Intro to Financial Math
Emerson Elrod - 4th, Intro to Financial Math
Maria Cabezas - 3rd, Journalism
Cheyenne Draper & Ava Heeren - 1st, Marketing
Ian Sewell - 1st, Securities & Investments
Lily McDaniel, Brooke Haley, & Jayden Watts - 1st, Sports & Entertainment Management

Station Camp FBLA Regional Winners

Boddie Anderson, 6th place - Business Calculations

Sarah Kamar, 1st place- Heath Care Administration

Adilyn Keylock, 1st place - Introduction to Financial Math

Madison Alfeldt, 2nd place - Introduction to Financial Math

Christopher Richardson, 1st place- Organizational Leadership

Beech High School FCCLA Regional Competition

BHS had 18 students compete virtually at the regional competition with 7 more students who will advance directly to the state competition:

Career Investigation Level 3 - Liv Akers

Chapter Service Project Display Level 3 - Paul Adkins, Aydin Smith, and Hannah Smith

Chapter Service Project Portfolio Level 3 - Payton Adcock and Madelee Sturm

Event Management Level 3 - Hannah Carmack and Miranda Radar

Focus on Children Level 2 - Kiersten Conley and Anna Swaby

Focus on Children Level 3 - Leeric Hogan and Halle Johnson

Interpersonal Communications Level 3 - Diana Garcia and Abbi Kent

Nutrition and Wellness Level 3 - Camryn Bennett

Professional Presentation Level 2 - Mckenzie Moore and Ava Smith

Teach and Train Level 3 - Jadyn Oliveroz


The following students advanced straight to the state competition:

Early Childhood - Sara Brogden

Job Interview - Alexis Hertz

National Programs in Action Level 3 - Rylee Morrison, Trinity Mooneyham, and Keleigh Willis

National Programs in Action Level 2 - Ann Claire Mayes and Tyler Blackmore

HHS HOSA Regional Results

Medical Math - Anna Gabers, 5th place

Biomedical Debate - Nathalyn Ramirez and Ochoa Bermudez, 4th place

Cultural Diversities in Healthcare - Jood Abueida, 3rd place

Medical Reading - Lindsey Buckner, 3rd place

Pharmacology - Taylor Bertotti, 3rd place

Medical Spelling - Aaliyah Ehiemua, 2nd place

Nursing Assisting - Baily Rynor, 2nd place

Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking - Makayla Armstrong, 1st place

BHS HOSA Regional Conference Results

Anna Kate Neely - Behavioral Health, 4th
Jane Caher - Human Growth and Development, 5th
Lauryn Johnson - Nutrition, 3rd
Alison Stewart - Dental Terminology, 5th
Macey Baker - Medical Reading, 1st
Ella Palligo - Clinical Nursing, 2nd
Edie Lee - Home Health Aide, 3rd
Kendall Coffee - Nursing Assisting, 3rd
Maris Ellis - Physical Therapy, 3rd
Luke Herren - Sports Medicine, 2nd
Mackenzie & Loryn - CERT Skills, 3rd
Tyler & Payton - CPR & First Aid, 5th
Kero & Maro - EMT, 1st
Malik Harold - Epidemiology, 4th
Jake Bell - Medical Photography, 5th

Carly, Kailey, Emma, & Hannah - Biomedical Debate, 3rd
Emily, Hadlie, Kyndal, & Kaylee - Community Awareness, 1st
Nick, Amaya, Aylin, & Hedi - Creative Problem Solving, 1st
Elena & Taylor - Forensic Science, 4th
Ellen, Emma, Ava, & Alexis - Health Education, 1st
Aidan, Landon, Spencer, & Keleigh - HOSA Bowl, 1st

GHS DECA Students Advancing to State

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PHS DECA Students Advancing to State Competition

Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series

Job Callis

Kady Wiseman

Business Services Marketing Series

Jolene Batie

Food Marketing Series

Aidan Anderson

Cailin Walls

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

Hannah Cecil

Hannah Davis

Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series

Nick Suttle

Alex Tuttle

Retail Merchandising Series

Kurt Metz

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

Riley Walker

PHS FFA Places 1st in District

PHS FFA members competed in the State Cooperative Development CDE, placing 3rd in the state and 1st in the district.

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PHS Cosmetology Students Complete Hours

Ashlin Dennis, Reilly Hicks, and Samara Leopardi all completed the 1,500 required hours to sit for the Cosmetology exams. Ms. Mohyer is very proud of her students during this difficult time of hybrid and virtual schedules.

Service Projects

PHS FCCLA Toy Drive

Portland High School FCCLA had a record breaking Toy Drive. Over 1,340 toys were collected and donated to Portland Cares. The toys were distributed to families in need this past holiday season.

PHS FCCLA Service Projects Reach Near and Far

PHS FCCLA students sent electronic Valentines to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and made homemade Valentine's cards for elderly residents at Front Porch Senior Living Center in Portland. In Ms. McNeil's class, students helped stock the Panther Pantry with food jars. Grant money was used to make the jars.

Beech High School FCCLA Service Projects


  • Baby item drive for Jonah’s Journey and helped with a fall festival for Jonah’s Journey
  • Collected and decorated Christmas trees for survivors of human trafficking who just got back on their feet and were able to get their own place to live
  • Invited Chris White from Extreme Martial Arts to visit on two different days to teach self-defense lessons to females at BHS
  • Planned a prom dress fashion show to consign dresses that were bought last year and never worn
  • Stranger danger presentations to the CDC students at BHS
  • Planned an upcoming field day for the CDC students at BHS
  • Taught cotillion classes to elementary students
  • Purchased and wrapped gifts for three students in Sumner County Schools who would have not received Christmas gifts otherwise
  • Provided activity kits and decorated pumpkins to 20 kids who were quarantined in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and unable to leave the hospital in October
  • Decorated the school pink for breast cancer awareness month
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"Christmas Residential Village" by SCHS Interior Design Students

Ms. Lopes' Level II Residential Interior Design Class students created a "Christmas Residential Village." The students studied background treatments; flooring options, wall treatments, countertops, etc. Then they chose a housing style and created a 3-D model from a cardboard box to complete a “Christmas Residential Village.”
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Fashion Design Classes from PHS and HHS

Students at HHS in Ms. Parrott's class made beautiful quilts, while students in Ms. Harlow's class at PHS created nine-square pillows.

HHS Computer Applications Students make Comic Strips

Students in Ms. Bridenbaugh's Computer Applications class made Comic Strips to help little learners with icons. Students created tutorials in comic strip form and uploaded them to Google Classroom for younger students to learn in a fun way about computer application. Below are some of the projects.

GHS Dual Enrollment Students in Culinary Arts

Congratulations to Culinary Arts Dual Enrollment students for passing the Servsafe Food Managers certification exam. (Pictured, L to R): Hailey Maturo, Emma Daniels, Mackenzie Freeman, Ashlee Griffin, and Kennedy Daughtry
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Ellis MS Robotics Competition at HHS

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PHS Students in Plant Science