CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 3, Issue 2, December 2018

Career Day at Portland High School

On November 20 Portland High School held their annual Career Day and College & Industry Showcase. This is a huge event that involves over 50 guest speakers from a wide variety of careers who share their knowledge and expertise in their career field with the students at Portland High School. The students of PHS choose 4 different careers, and each session consists of 30 minutes. This day provides the students the opportunity to look at different careers that they feel they may possibly be interested in after graduation. The College & Industry Showcase included over 30 Colleges, Military and Industries. It allows Colleges and area businesses to have booths to share information about their company or educational institute with the students at Portland High School. The Career Day Committee at Portland High School would like to thank the speakers who dedicated their time to come and speak on this very special day. We would also like to thank the Local Industries and Colleges who took time to come and provide information to our students.

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Gallatin High School HOSA Hosts Trunk-or-Treat

The CDC Special Needs Trunk-or-Treat continues to be a success at Gallatin High School thanks to GHS HOSA. This year’s event was hosted at GHS on October 30th. The Trunk-or-Treat was started four years ago to provide a safe and understanding environment for these students and has grown bigger and better every year. Many of these students have physical limitations that make going door to door difficult or have dietary needs that do not allow them to eat typical Halloween candy. The Trunk-or-Treat provides a safe environment for the students, so they can come and just have a great time being kids. GHS HOSA would like to thank all those who helped make the night a success and look forward to watching it grow in the future.

BHS Virtual Enterprise at Southern Region Conference

In November, the Beech High School Virtual Enterprise Class took 14 students to compete at the Southern Region Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. The students competed in several competitions and experienced real-life skills of running their own business.

There were over 90 schools represented at the conference from schools in Michigan to Florida. The Virtual Enterprise students came away with several Top 10’s including: Cooper Vaudrey and Isaac Clark 9th in Marketing, Jana Claire Swafford 9th in Impact Marketing, Deshiya Hoosier and Koltin McCrary Top 10% in Website Design, Molly Vickroy, Josie Plucker, and Micah Downing Top 10% in Company Branding, and 12th in Booth Design.

They also received recognition from New York at the National Level for Top 10% in Elevator Pitch by Josh Shetler and Top 10% in Company Branding by Molly Vickroy, Josie Plucker, and Micah Downing.

Beech High School’s VE class will continue competition in Chicago, IL in February.

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WHS Residential and Commercial Construction Classes

Westmoreland High School Residential and Commercial Construction students competed in a contest using old tobacco sticks to create wooden lanterns. Repurposing materials is a very popular subject nationwide and the students got first hand experience in the value and beauty of repurposing. Each student was given different dimensions to make their lanterns and were encouraged to add their own touch to make them unique. These were displayed in front of the main office and teachers voted on their favorite. The overall winner was Canaan Graves and the second place winner was Zach Neal. All of the students did an excellent job with many of the finished products being bought quickly by staff and faculty at WHS. The students were also surprised to see that items such as these are very valuable and desired by many that decorate with them. Some of the students were lucky enough to be able to make it home with them and give them to a friend or family member! Anyone interested in these items may contact Kevin Anderson at Westmoreland High School for these one of a kind items.

Hendersonville High School Interior Design Classes

Students competed in table design using current design trends. The grading rubric included: table covering, centerpiece, three food items (salty, sweet, drink), place setting, party favor, name seating cards, placemat and detailed menu. As you can see below, both first and third block classes rocked their designs!

Fashion Design II Students at SCHS

Students in Ms. Darby Lopes' Fashion Design II class designed pillowcases to donate to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and stuffed animals to donate to police officers/firemen to keep on hand in the event of coming upon an accident involving children. Deliveries were made to the school SRO and Vanderbilt. The class made 20 pillowcases and 30 stuffed animals, which are all pictured below.

Cosmetology Students Compete in Murfreesboro

Beech High School Results

Beech High School Cosmetology students competed at Georgia Career Institute in Murfreesboro in October. The students competed in seven categories, placing in four. Fantasy Make up 3rd place Abbey Phillips, Special Occasion Make up 3rd place Lexy Swagger, Artifical Nails 1st place Remy Pelham, and Nail Art 1st Place Autumn Murrell. All four ladies received a scholarship to attend GCI. Ms. Cornell couldn't be prouder of all the 14 competitors, models, and observers that represented BHS and Sumner County.

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Portland Cosmetology Student Results

Portland High School Cosmetoloogy students competed in six events taking a 1st and 3rd place totaling $19,500 in scholarships.

Victoria Huicochea and model Zavian Gray participated in Acrylic Nails

Qierra Gregory and model Anjalicia Hernandez participated in Special Occasion Makeup

Reilly Hicks won 2nd place $4,500 Scholarship in Hair Braiding

Haley Williams 2nd place $4,500 scholarship in Hair Cutting

Makenzie McDowell and model Hannah Jones won 2nd place $4,500 scholarship in Fantasy Makeup

Ashlin Dennis won 1st place $6,000 scholarship Formal Hairstyling


Congratulation to HHS FFA Advisor Steve Stephens!!

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Advisor Steve Stephens received his Honorary American FFA Degree at this year's FFA National Convention, which is the highest honor the National FFA can bestow upon a teacher.

GHS Former FFA Members Receive American Degrees at National Convention

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Two former Gallatin High School students are continuing their pursuit of excellence through Future Farmers of America. On Oct 27, 2018 at the 91st National FFA Convention, Taylor Smith (GHS Class of 2017) and Irion Peterson (GHS Class of 2016) each received their American Degree. This is the highest degree that an individual can receive in the FFA. Only 1% of all FFA members will receive their American Degree and this year only 169 Tennessee FFA members received it. Congratulations again to these former GHS students!

Gallatin FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team

The Gallatin FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team competed in the district competition at Station Camp HS. The GHS team placed second. Team members were Bayleigh Kennedy, Layla Faulk, Makayla Lee, Sarah Ellis, Nicky Trotter and Travis Vaske.

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Haley Brazel, WHS FFA, Receives American FFA Degree

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Westmoreland FFA Annual Pumpkin Patch

Michael Potts, Dalton Williams, and Shay Renner at the Tennessee Breakfast at the FFA National Convention

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SCHS FFA at the National Convention

On Thursday morning students attended the opening session where they had a chance to listen to Kyle Scheele, the keynote speaker. He spoke on the importance of being kind and how #justone decision to be kind or tear someone down can change that person’s life.

Friday morning students attended the TN FFA Breakfast and recognized our National Officer Candidate. Students then went to the Fair Oaks Dairy Farm for a tour.

On Saturday students attended the first session in which the American Degree ceremony took place. Station Camp had two recipients, Courtney Fowler and Julia Knaggs. This is the highest degree one can earn within the FFA and only about 2% achieve it. Students then went on to the last session and heard from President Donald J. Trump.

President Trump Speaking at the FFA National Convention

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White House FFA Members Compete Nationally - Finish 13th

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White House FFA recently competed for national recognition in a career development event at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28. Members of the team traveled to Indianapolis to represent Tennessee and vie for national honors in the conduct of chapter meeting area. The team finished the competition ranked 13th in the nation and received a silver rating, barely missing the semifinals by a few points. FFA members who represented the chapter include Riley Keller, Jacob Jenkins, Kolvin Oaks, Anneka Staley, Kenzie Lane, Conner Stewart, and Jaycee Whitaker. Mike Akridge is the chapter advisor and coach.

The National FFA Foundation and The National FFA Organization sponsor the event. Conduct of chapter meeting is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Ninth grade FFA members are introduced to parliamentary procedure while learning how to conduct efficient meetings and building their communication skills. CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

White House FFA Conduct of Meetings Parliamentary Procedure Team Named Region Runner Up, Qualifies for State

The White House FFA Conduct of Meetings Parliamentary Procedure team competed recently in the regional competition. They competed against sub-regional winners from all of Middle Tennessee for the regional championship. The team was named regional runner up and qualified for the state championships to be held in Gatlinburg at the Tennessee FFA Convention in March. Team members are Irelynn Bates, Faith Johnson, Alayna Grover, Chase Singleton, Jillian Haley, Ghethe Goad, and Mary Niblett.

The conduct of meetings contest requires competitors to demonstrate their knowledge of parliamentary procedure through a written test, meeting demonstration, and oral questions. The teams have 13 minutes to conduct a mock meeting which must include four parliamentary procedures that the judges designate. During their presentation, the team must debate a topic given by the judges. After the presentation, judges ask each team member an oral question to test the member’s knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

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Hendersonville FFA

Hendersonville High School was one of only 13 chapters from the state of Tennessee and the only chapter in our district to receive a 3-star National Chapter Award at the 91st National FFA Convention at the end of October. We had 18 students who attended workshops, sessions and the expo broadening their view of agriculture. Each student was challenged to interact with at least one student from every state and territory in the National FFA Organization.

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SCHS FFA Tower Gardens

As of November 2018, the Station Camp FFA has established a food pantry known as “The Camp Cupboard.” This project includes utilization of our Tower Gardens, greenhouse, students’ SAE projects and canned food donations. The idea behind this was to not only send home non-perishable foods, but also fresh produce for families here at Station Camp High School that continue to go home hungry. The plants shown in the pictures below have only been in the garden for a few weeks. Once a month we will offer fresh salads to our faculty for a small fee, which will help purchase maintenance materials and other plants.

WHS AG Power and Equipment Class

Criminal Justice at GHS

Gallatin High School Criminal Justice Club students attended their very first CTSO competition in Columbia, Tennessee in November. The students had the opportunity to compete against 10 other schools throughout the state. Gallatin High School students placed 2nd in Felony Traffic Stops, 2nd in Unknown Police Response and 3rd in Fingerprinting. Scott Pascarella, Criminal Justice Teacher, is very proud of his students and know that they will bring home 1st place at the next competition.

HHS Criminal Justice

HHS held a mock trial in Criminal Justice classes. Selected a jury based on voir dire. Other roles (attorneys, defendant, victims, witnesses, court room professionals) were also selected. Students prepared cases and presented evidence for the jury to deliberate.
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Mock DECA Competition at SCHS

SCHS DECA students had the opportunity to participate in a Mock Competition in preparation for the upcoming District Competition. Volunteer judges included SCHS DECA business partners, Advisory Board members, as well as other community members who provided valuable feedback to the students.

HHS DECA Students Visit Chicago

Nineteen HHS senior DECA students visited Chicago in November. Students toured the United Center and met with representatives from the Blackhawks. They also learned about the Field Museum and experienced a special tour of the Nordstrom flagship store on Michigan Avenue. Students also visited other landmarks including Harry Carey's, Navy Pier, and the Bean.

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DECA Students Visit Titans Learning Lab

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White House DECA at Titans Learning Lab

The Titans Learning Lab provides an opportunity for students to see some of the business, administration, and marketing careers they learn about in the classroom in action with an NFL team. The students went on a tour of the stadium behind the scenes, which included a rotation of Q&A sessions with Titans employees. From the Lawyer to the Social Media Assistant to the Media Relations Manager, students were learning about a day-in-the-life of these careers.

HHS at Titans Learning Lab

FBLA and DECA students from Hendersonville High School attended the Tennessee Titans Learning Lab in November. Students heard from Titans Executives in Marketing & Sponsorship, Media Relations & Public Relations, Field & Turf Management, Stadium Operations, Team Travel, Ticket Operations and Pursuing a Career in Sports.