May 2022

Welcome to the Oconee County Schools CTAE Newsletter!

Wonderful things are going on in all of our CTAE programs. I hope you enjoy all of the pictures and articles you find below!

Beth Parks

Oconee County Schools

Director of CTAE

April CTAE Business Partner of the Month

Oconee County Schools greatly appreciates all the local businesses that continually support our CTAE Programs. Business partnerships are critical to helping our schools develop and maintain strong CTAE programs that prepare our students for life after high school! Each month OCS CTAE selects a Business Partner of the Month to recognize those that go above and beyond to support CTAE!

The April CTAE Business Partner of the Month is Cindy Pritchard with the Keep Oconee Beautiful Commission! Ms. Pritchard has consistently supported the Agricultural Education program by serving as an advisory committee member and supporting various program and FFA activities. The OCHS FFA chapter partners with KOBC to adopt a stretch of highway each year as a community service project, and KOBC provides the chapter all of the tools and equipment necessary to perform roadside clean-ups. KOBC also donates several dozen packets of seeds to the program each spring and fall that are used in the classroom for student learning experiences. Ms. Pritchard and KOBC has provided many opportunities for students and the FFA chapter to get involved in the community and spread the knowledge of agriculture.

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Work-Based Learning Employers of the Year

The Work-Based Learning Employer Appreciation Reception was held at the Oconee Civic Center on April 21st. This annual event is a way to say thank you to the employers and mentors who provide such amazing career guidance to all of our WBL students. The theme this year as "Shining Star: A Tradition of Excellence", and our WBL partners truly are shining stars for our students and CTAE programs!

Each year two employers are selected as the WBL Employers of the Year. Congratulations to this year's winners!

NOHS WBL Employer of the Year: Mr. Danny Myung with Classic City Computing

OCHS WBL Employer of the Year: Mrs. Sophia Waters with Oconee Physical Therapy

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OCHS & NOHS Health Science Programs Achieve Industry Certification!

The Health Science programs at both OCHS and NOHS recently completed the Industry Certification process. This process is a collaborative effort by the Georgia Department of Education and HomeTown Health to ensure high school programs throughout the state are meeting rigorous standards to provide their students the highest level of education. Throughout this process, teachers at both schools compiled data and documentation to demonstrate how they are meeting these high standards in their instructional coursework, HOSA organization, and teacher professional development. The teachers at each school deserve to be commended for all of the hard work they put in each and every day to lead their respective programs and develop students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of healthcare! Congratulations to Mrs. Galloway and Mr. Foell at NOHS and Dr. Allen and Mrs. Lee at OCHS!
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OCHS Early Childhood Education Achieves Industry Certification!

The Early Childhood Education program at OCHS recently went through the process of becoming an Industry Certified Program! The Georgia Department of Education, along with the Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation, completed the review process to determine that the OCHS ECE meets all the standards of an exemplary program! Congratulations to Mrs. Erin Just on this great accomplishment!
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NOHS Agriculture Program Achieves Industry Certification!

The Agricultural Education program at North Oconee High School recently went through the Industry Certification review process. Mr. Griffeth, his students, and his program met all the qualifications and standards to be considered an exemplary program. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!
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Future Educators Signing Day

On Friday, April 15th, 28 students from NOHS and OCHS participated in a Future Educators Signing Day ceremony! These students signed a commitment form to pursue a career in the field of education once they complete their post-secondary coursework. We all know that teachers truly make a difference by providing students the opportunity to achieve their dreams! We are so excited to celebrate these students as they look to making an impact on the next generation of students!

NOHS High School students teach RBES Kindergarten students!

“In nature, nothing exists alone.” (Rachel Carson) The same is true for education. The collaboration between content areas and schools has tremendously impacted all those involved. During the last week of March, the Kindergarten students at Rocky Branch took a walking field trip to visit the North Oconee High School greenhouse. Ag students helped kindergarteners with hands-on learning stations. The Early Childhood Education students planned the stations to meet the curriculum standards for the current Kindergarten STEM unit of plant classification. Students were able to sort flowers, vegetables, and non-flowering plants, sort seeds, draw flowers, climb up onto the tractor, tour the greenhouse, dig in the soil, and listen to “The tiny seed” and “The very hungry caterpillar” stories.

FBLA Excels in State Competition

Both North Oconee HS and Oconee County HS FBLA spent the weekend of March 11-13 attending the Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta. In addition to the leadership activities and workshops, students spent time participating in competitions to showcase their knowledge and skills.

Congratulations to the following OCHS students who placed in their state competitions:

Victor Huang - 1st in Personal Finance

Haruki Takeuchi - 1st in Economics

Daniel Magee, Jack Senyitko, and Bailey Wingrove - 1st in Coding & Programming

Abbie Chen & Rui Wang - 8th in Sales Presentation

Daniel Magee, Jack Senyitko, and Bailey Wingrove - 7th in Business Management

Haruki Takeuchi - 5th in Personal Finance

Congratulations to the following NOHS students who place in their state competitions:

Michelle Li - 8th in Business Communications

Aaron Yang - 6th in Introduction to Information Technology

Heewon Eum and Heesung Eum - 4th in Graphic Design

Heewon Eum, Heesung Eum, and Katie Oh - 3rd in Publication Design

NOHS HOSA Success at State Competition

The members of NOHS HOSA recently attended the Georgia HOSA State Conference in Atlanta. These students had great success in their competitions!

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 in their event:

Isa David, Michael Im, Lena Cai, and Kyle Skrzypinski - 4th place in Biomedical Debate

Alexis Coscia - 4th place in Biomedical Laboratory Science

V. Foster Earnhart - 3rd place in Clinical Nursing

Ankit Pokharel - 6th place in Human Growth & Development

Sebastian Paragas - 10th place in Medical Math

Mattie Thomason - 8th place in Medical Reading

Lucas Steadham - 7th place in Medical Terminology

Ramsha Khalid - 6th place in Medical Terminology

Sami Udwadia - 6th place in Nutrition

Emma Steger - 4th place in Nutrition

Lara Lel - 7th place in Physical Therapy

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OCHS DECA State & National Competition

On December 10th, OCHS DECA members traveled to Flowery Branch, Georgia to compete in R

State TSA Competition

The TSA chapters from North Oconee HS and Oconee County HS recently attended the Georgia TSA State Competition in Athens. In addition to participating in their respective competitions, students had the opportunity to see flight testing demos and meet industry and post-secondary representatives.

Congratulations to the following NOHS students who placed at State Competition:

Panos Samaras - 6th Place in CAD Engineering

Kylie Shryapinski, Melisa Zhang, and Panos Samaras - 9th Place in Technology Bowl

Kylie Shryapinski - 10th Place in Prepared Presentation

FCCLA Students Advance to Nationals!

In March, students from across the state came together at The Classic Center in Athens to participate in the Georgia FCCLA State Conference. Students had the opportunity to participate in workshops, network, and compete!

Congratulations to the following students from Oconee County High School who placed at the state competition:

Annalise Hale & Kensley McConnell - Silver Medal in Hospitality, Tourism and

Julianna Hayunga, Chloe Graham, and Ashley Langford - Gold Medal in Promote and Publicize FCCLA - These students will advance to National Competition!

Congratulations to the following students from North Oconee High School who placed at the state competition:

Jayce Scott-Camp & Hope Drummond - Silver Medal in Policy Advocate

Cali Drewett - Silver Medal in Nutrition and Wellness

Rayna Xiap & Amanda Clark - Gold Medal in Sports Nutrition - These students will advance to National Competition!


OCMS FCCLA member, Aashna Ramaraja, attended the FCCLA State Leadership Meeting on March 25-26 in Athens. She competed in the State Middle School FCCLA Creed Speaking and Interpretation Competition. OCMS is excited to announce that she placed 1st in the state! She attended many workshops throughout the day with many other members from throughout the state. It was a wonderful couple of days with lots of memories made.
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SkillsUSA State Conference

NOHS SkillsUSA students recently had the opportunity to attend the Georgia SkillsUSA State Conference in Atlanta. These students had a fantastic trip during which they got to experience the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Park, and even eat dinner at the Sundial Restaurant. In the competitions, the NOHS SkillsUSA chapter had four students compete in various graphic design based competitions. Congratulations to Natalie Waterfill who placed 3rd in Promotional Graphics!
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