OCS CTAE News
Future Educator's Signing Day
Georgia Future Educator's Signing Day is held annually to recognize students who are planning to pursue a career in education. This event is supported by the State School Superintendent's Office, Division of Career and Technical Education (CTAE), Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation (GECEF), and Georgia's colleges and universities.
OCHS had a total of 12 students from the graduating class of 2021 who have committed to pursuing a career in the field of education. NOHS had a total of 14 students from the class of 2021 who participated in the signing day event and are committing to pursuing a career in education! We are so proud of these students for successful completing their high school careers and choosing a career path for their future! We know that each and every one of these students will have the opportunity to make a major impact on the lives of others!
Superintendent, Dr. Branch, with NOHS Future Educators
Ms. Avery, ECE Teacher, speaks during signing event
OCHS Future Educators pose after event
Youth Apprenticeship Success Story!
Jonathan Oloya graduated from Oconee County High School in 2016 as a Work-Based Learning Youth Apprenticeship student. Jonathan was an Information Technology pathway student and worked with the Oconee County Schools Technology Department as the Technology Support Technician for his WBL apprenticeship position. Jonathan graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. As of September 1, 2020, he obtained employment with the Warner Robins Air Force Base as a Computer Scientist. This position applies software engineering principles to the development of software systems. Upon reflection, Jonathan noted his CTAE and WBL courses... “gave me exposure to the job process from the application all the way to the actual job. The constant checkpoints and goal-setting allowed me to build a more realistic view of the workplace as well as keep me focused on my career goals.” Jonathan would like to tell future graduates to be prepared to fail, but also be prepared to try again!
NOHS Engineering Earns Industry Certification
OC FFA Sweeps Poultry Evaluations
John Ellis Linder
OCHS Animal Science Students Learn about Georgia Livestock Industries
During the months of March and April, students in Animal Science & Biotechnology and Agricultural Animal Production at OCHS have learned about the Poultry and Cattle industry. Students have learned topics related to growth, development, reproduction, processing, and proper herd management in regards to chicken and beef cattle production. Over the course of the poultry science unit, students incubated a dozen exotic chicken eggs over their 21 day incubation period. On March 23, the mature and healthy eggs produced four exotic chicks with breeds anywhere from silkies to cochins. Chicks are hatched twice a semester and serve as a way for students to complete their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Students also learned about egg anatomy with a dissection lab and practiced cutting carcasses to retail cuts of meat.
While reviewing the cattle industry (both beef and dairy), students learned about artificial insemination and why it is important in the livestock industry. Students were offered the opportunity to cervical palpate one of our show heifers in preparation for artificial insemination in the coming weeks. Volunteers were walked through the process by their teachers and were all able to locate the cervix of the animal. Near the end of the dairy unit, students participated in a component of a Career Development Event, Milk Quality and Products, with cheese identification. Students learned about milk production and lactation, as well as milk harvesting in the days leading up to the lab. Eleven cheese varieties were given to students and they were expected to evaluate each sample based on aroma, appearance, texture, flavor, and taste before trying to determine what type of cheese they were eating.
2 FBLA Students Place in Top 3 in State Competitions
North Oconee HS and Oconee County HS FBLA students participated in State Competitions during the month of March. The FBLA State Leadership Conference was held virtually and winners were announced from all different state-level competitions.
Oconee is proud to have two students to place in the Top 3 for their competition, earning each the opportunity to advance to the National level! The National Leadership Conference will be held virtually June 29-July 2.
OCHS student, Victor H. placed 2nd in Business Calculations and NOHS student, Ben S. placed 3rd in Business Calculations!
MBMS FBLA State Conference
Eleven FBLA members from Malcom Bridge Middle School competed in the Middle Level FBLA state competitive events and attended the FBLA Virtual Middle Level Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference on March 5th. A big congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 in their event:
Samuel Im - 9th Place
Yu Zhou - 10th Place
Team of Deeya Mepani, Bochen Shen, and Coleman Pearson - 3rd Place
Deeya Mepani – 2nd Place
Kian Visitacion - 5th Place
Introduction to Computer Science and Coding
Sam Seward – 5th Place
Coleman Pearson - 6th Place
Samuel Im - 10th Place
OCHS HOSA Competes in State!
3rd Place Veterinary Science
4th Place Public Service Announcement
Maddie Hammond, Samantha Freeman, Baylee Lowe, Lindsey Parrish, Carlyn Talkington
Health Issues Exam
NOHS HOSA has a great year!
Despite many obstacles, the HOSA chapter at NOHS had a great school year! Students participated in virtual leadership conferences and competitions, as well as local activities.
NOHS was well represented in HOSA Regional Competitions with six students earning a 1st place finish, six students earning a 2nd place finish, two students earning a 3rd place finish, and three students earning a 4th place finish.
The HOSA students also competed in the State Competitions and did a great job representing their school! NOHS HOSA had the following students place it the top 10 at the HOSA State Leadership Conference
5th Place Biomedical Debate
8th Place Research Poster
Tallula S. won the state competition for the GA HOSA 2021 State Pin! This pin will be traded with other states and countries at HOSA's International Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL this summer.
NOHS Health Education HOSA Project
Hannah Kate Cass, Carysn Bassett and Grace Mason visited Mr. Ventura’s CTAE Careers classes at Malcom Bridge Middle School as part of their Health Education HOSA project.
Carysn Bassett describes her team’s Health Education event: “During our HOSA project we had the opportunity to teach the process and importance of CPR to students at Malcom Bridge Middle. After we presented the steps of CPR to the seventh and eighth graders, we broke out
into groups and allowed the students to display what they learned during our presentation on the manikins. Ultimately this project was successful because the students learned something that can help save lives in the future and they had a fun, hands-on experience.”
OCHS FCCLA is Successful in State Competitions!
Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation Level 3 - 1st Place Finish
Annalise Hale & Kensley McConnell
Promote & Publicize FCCLA! Level 3 - 1st Place Finish
Chloe Graham, Julianna Hayunga, & Ashley Langford
Repurpose & Redesign Level 3
Sadie Campbell, Hannah Rowe, & Isabel Saunders
Sports Nutrition Level 3
Anna Kate Bell & Vivian Sekandi
TSA State Competitions
Paige Hackleman - Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Melisa Zhang - Essays on Technology
Fletcher Johnson - Videos on Demand
Julian Silva - Videos on Demand
Emma Warren - Videos on Demand
Krish Patel - Videos on Demand
Fiona Waller - Videos on Demand
Ben Stevens - Videos on Demand