CTE Update

January - March 2019

CTE Month

February was CTE Month across the country, as a part of CTE Month, GCISD Communications helped our department make several videos that highlight some of our programs. You can view these videos on the district site at: https://www.gcisd.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=96313&pageId=11211552 You can also see them by searching #CTE2ME

GCISD Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's) have also been competing at the local and state level this past couple of months. See below for some of the highlights from competitions.

Principles of Arts, A/V, and Communication

Students are learning the basics of 3D modeling using Blender. Today’s assignment was to build a 3d model of a castle from an image of one. After students have mastered a few more skills in blender they will begin animating their models!

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A/V Production

Students in A/V Production with Mr. Harris have been creating videos and submitting them to competitions this year. Most recently they submitted short videos for the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Click on the link to visit their YouTube page and view all of the videos, one of the videos is posted below.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwHJ0Oq43fw2NTaVhitzQPQ/
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Video Game Design

Students are using what they have learned in The Games Factory 2 to bring their own game design ideas to life in original projects. Students have been working for several days now to build their games from scratch.

Advanced Video Game Design

Students are building a game called Zombie Toys as they learn the ins and outs of Unity 3d. Students have the environment built, player and enemy characters built, and scripts written and applied to objects in the game. The latest step was to animate the enemy character’s movement and create spawn points around the game scene. Students will be taking the Unity Certified Developer exam in a few weeks to earn industry certification.

Skills USA - Engineering

We had seven (7) students from GHS and CHHS that are taking engineering classes compete in SkillUSA regional competition from Region IV in Waco, TX at Texas State Technical College. In addition, we had one student receive a "Best in Show" in the Engineering Design competition. The students qualified for the state competition which will be held in Corpus Christi, TX April 4-7, 2019. Congratulations to these students and their hard work on achieving this task!

Skills USA - Automotive

GCISD Automotive Technology students recently competed in the Skills USA regional competition at Texas State Technical College in Waco. The students competed in fabrication, welding, brakes and automotive refinish. They earned 12 best of show ribbons with the 1966 Chevrolet C10 pickup they are restoring.

The students are

Bryce Terrill GHS

Axel Cervantes GHS

Anthony Anzaldua GHS

Dade Bryand GHS

Elmin Hublic GHS

Mina Shaphek GHS

Carter Pennington GHS

Patrick Kelley CHHS

Thomas Eichelberger CHHS

Trenton Young CHHS

Thomas Venters CHHS

Chris Webster CHHS

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Colleyville Heritage High School DECA

Colleyville Heritage DECA members attended the State Career Development Conference competing against 1,800 students in various categories from across the state of Texas. State winners will compete at the International Career Development Conference in April in Orlando. There will be over 19,000 students from across the US and Canada competing at the conference. CHHS had 8 State Champions and 1 Runner-Up at the Texas State Career Development Conference.

The Colleyville Heritage High School DECA chapter also received the Century Chapter Award which is awarded to chapters with 100+ members. Having more than doubled their members from 2018, the chapter was also awarded the Thrive Membership Campaign through National DECA.

Grapevine High School DECA

Grapevine High School was honored as a diamond level chapter at the 2019 State Career Development Conference. Only 5 chapters in the entire state were recognized with this distinction. This is earned by having over 200 members. Additionally, Grapevine DECA’s participation has doubled since 2018, and earned them the Thrive Membership Campaign through National DECA. Grapevine DECA had 10 state champions, along with 8 state runner-ups to finish out the 2019 Texas DECA State Conference.


Business Professionals of America is a Nationwide Program intended to prepare students to succeed in business and information technology by assessing real-world business skills and problem solving abilities by taking skills from academic knowledge and putting them in real-world situations.

State Results

Riya Mohan and Hayden Juroska from Grapevine High School qualified for the National BPA competition at the recent State Competition.

Area Results

CHHS Results:

State Qualifiers:

Samarth Bhat- SQL Database Fundamentals: 1st place

Joon Song- Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications: 3rd place

Financial Analyst Team (Aalyan Rajwani, Ali Bharwani, Danial Samdani): 2nd place

State Alternates:

Aalyan Rajwani- Payroll Accounting: 5th place

Amaan Babul- Business Law and Ethics: 6th place

Economic Research Team (Amaan Babul, Illiyan Bardai, Illiyan Tharani, Samarth Bhat): 6th place

GHS Results:

Nidhish Nerur 1st Place in Payroll Accounting

Chelsea Ortiz 4th Place in Fundamental Word Processing

Riya Mohan 1st Place in Intermediate Word Processing Skills

Hayden Juroska 4th Place in Medical Office Procedures

Mike Mathisen 2nd Place in Graphic Design Promotion

Zyad Choudry 2nd Place in Extemporaneous Speech

In the open events we have Riya Mohan who earned merit winner awards in

Administrative Support Concepts

Business Meeting Management

Digital Marketing Concepts

Financial Math Analysis

Mgmt, Marketing, and HR Concepts

Parliamentary Procedures

Project Management Concepts

We also have 3 State Alternates with our Administrative Support Team (Olivia Bradshaw, Megan Ja, Nidhish Nerur, and Shravya Yarlagadda) who got 3rd Place, Small Business Management Team (Zyad Choudry, Mike Mathisen, and Namita Patel) with 3rd place, and Garrett Porter who also got 3rd place in Interview Skills.

Reality Education for Drivers

Health Science Clinical students were recently invited to participate the “RED- Reality Education for Drivers” program at Baylor Scott and White-Grapevine hospital. The RED program is a multifaceted classroom experience of key factors contributing to driver and passenger safety. The program instructs students on how to reduce the likelihood of being in a motor vehicle crash, while also learning about the impacts of crashes on survivors and victims.

This informative day included a behind the scenes tour of the “Path of Injury” for a crash victim which began with a tour of the ambulance provided by Grapevine EMS Services. Students also had the opportunity to tour the Trauma Room, Intensive Care Unit, and the Blood Bank while healthcare professionals in each department explained their role in assisting trauma victims.

The program is sponsored by Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Future Explorations

On Friday, Feb.15th, Mrs. Mordhorst’s 7th Period Health Science students participated in the “Future Explorations” program at O.C. Taylor Elementary. Future Explorations is a weekly program at OCT in which the students get to choose a topic of their interest to explore. This year, the focus for the program is the 16 Career Clusters and students are able to explore careers and topics in the career fields that interest them. The Health Science students visited the “Future Doctors and Nurses” class and presented information on Infection Control. Mrs. Mordhorst’s students instructed the class on proper handwashing technique, and the various types of personal protective equipment that healthcare workers wear. Both sets of students enjoyed this learning experience!

Cybersecurity coming to GCISD

GCISD will be offering one section of Principles of Cybersecurity for the 2019 - 2020 school year. This will be the first year that it will be offered, with more classes added as students progress through the pathway. We hope that by providing this pathway we will open an avenue to our students for training in a high-wage, high-demand field. For more information about the class, please visit the GCISD Course Selection Guide found on the GCISD website. As we build out this pathway, we will publish more information about future courses and certifications.