Career Technical & Agricultural Education January-July 2021
What is Career Technical & Agricultural Education?
Bulloch County CTAE Director's Message
An Informed Perspective
Southeast Bulloch Work-Based Learning Student of the Year
Katelyn Johnson, a senior honor graduate who just graduated in May, worked at Zaxby's under the Work-Based Learning Program (WBL). She completed both the Accounting and Healthcare Science Pathways and earned the CTAE Honor Cord for both programs. Johnson plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) while also continuing to volunteer in the local community and raise awareness about the benefits of donating blood and supporting the Red Cross.
Michael Powell, the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Southeast Bulloch High School, is grateful for the effort Johnson put forth in pursuit of her career goals. Mr. Powell says,
"When I became the WBL Coordinator last school year, I actively recruited Katelyn for the program. She is exactly the type of student who you can trust to 'do right.' Katelyn received a top score on all her Employer Evaluations and her supervisor at Zaxby’s spoke very highly of her professionalism and work ethic. She did all this while also a multiple-sport varsity athlete, Co-Secretary of our school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter, an active member of Beta Club, and a member of both our Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America(FCCLA) chapters. Katelyn competed in both HOSA and FBLA events and last year won second-place in the region for Business Communications and thrid-place for Accounting in competitions. She’s even been an Undercover Agent for the Georgia Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco testing compliance in stores. I have no doubt Katelyn will make all of us proud in the future as she pursues her nursing career."
Katelyn had to write a letter to be entered into the region selection process for student of the year. Here is an excerpt from her submission letter:
"My WBL experience working at Zaxby’s has been challenging yet rewarding. I typically work between 15 to 30 hours per week while also dual enrolled in college and involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports). It has been tough at times to balance everything, and I have missed out on a few fun things. But, I have been rewarded at work for my attendance and the experience gained from working at Zaxby’s will last a lifetime. WBL revealed my strengths and weaknesses and allowed me to develop a plan for improvement. All of this will open numerous doors in the future for better opportunities in the workforce."
Career Cluster: Audio, Video, Technology & Film
Statesboro Senior & CTAE Teacher Partner to Win Hope Givers Storytelling Award
Tazmeria Wilson (Taz), a rising senior at Statesboro High School and her mentor, teacher, and coach, Chad Farrell, partnered to enter the 2021 Hope Givers Film Challenge. Their venture was successful. In June, Hope Givers announced that Taz was first runner-up in the overall contest, and she won the Hope Givers Storytelling Award as part of the competition!
Tamlin Hall, founder and executive producer of the new uplifting documentary series, Hope Givers, that will launch on Georgia Public Broadcasting and National PBS Learning Media in September, visited Statesboro High School on June 28, to meet Taz and Ferrell and to present Taz with a grant for $600. Hall is also a part-time screenwriting faculty member at the University of Georgia and writing instructor at Emory Continuing Education. Taz's film will premiere on September 1.
In her award-winning short film, Taz shares her story of hope. She was born with bilateral tibial hemimelia, a rare bone deficiency, that led to her legs being amputated, just above the knee, before her third birthday. Taz is a member of the Statesboro High Girls Golf Team.
She credits Don Garrick, her former teacher of students with orthopedic impairments, who began working with her in Pre-K, with recommending golf as a sport to her when she was in eighth grade. Garrick and Tina Rigdon, her current school physical therapist, both attendend the presentation.
Ferrell is her varsity golf coach and Statesboro High's Audio, Video, Technology & Film teacher.
Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction
Statesboro High SkillsUSA Students Win State Skills Competitions
- Justin Doyle and Eli Rosado earned a first-place gold medal in the School Project contest that highlighted their overall trade skills and the chapter's work on a mobile classroom.
- Isaiah Budgett earned a third-place bronze medal in the Action Skills contest where he demonstrated his basic plumbing skills.
- Alex Nunez placed ninth overall in the state for his carpentry project.
- Daniel Gerguis, Luke Gerguis, Patrick Mock and Nathan Wallace earned a third-place bronze medal in the Teamworks contest where they demonstrated their skills in all four of the major trades.
Statesboro High Earns SkillsUSA 2021 Gold Chapter of Distinction Recognition
Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Portal High School Events
Portal High School students received generous donations of FFA jackets from the National FFA Organizations' Gift of Blue program. The school nominated Portal FFA chapter members Jaycee Sanchez, Adrienne Lane, Jordan Kirkland, and Delaney Davis for the program and presented them their jackets at their January FFA Meeting.
In January 2021, Portal High School participated in three agricultural-related competitions. Land Evaluation was the first event. Students were challenged with determining the slope and topsoil characteristics to classify the land and recommend treatment practices. The PMHS junior team, composed of Hunter Stewart, Liam Fordham, Taylor Burns and Kasen Evans, placed third with Stewart placing fourth individually. The senior team composed of Charles Haynes, James Saunders, Daniela Hernandez, and Alfonso Gonzalez, placed fourth overall.
The second competition was Lawn Mower Driving, where Walker Bowen demonstrated his skills on a course, took an exam and completed problem-solving situations.
The final January competition was Meats Evaluation where students identified retail cuts of meat and placed classes. The PHS senior team was made up of Katie Fondren, Elaina Parker, Maggie NeSmith, and Lainey Hendrix. They placed second and moved on to the state competition in March.
Portal FFA Week
Portal Ag Students at State Livestock Show
Learning & Growing with Southeast Bulloch Middle FFA
Southeast Bulloch Middle Represents Bulloch County at Area Livestock Events
Southeast Bulloch Middle School FFA students were hard at work for Effingham County's 3rd Annual Samuel Zemurray Classic Cattle Show held at the Honey Ridge Agricenter in Guyton on January 9, 2021. Participating in the Intermediate Showmanship event, sixth- through eighth- grade livestock judgers practiced evaluating cattle. Team members at this event included: Caden Coffey, Lexi Morton, Aubrey Williams and Carson Cobb.
Career Development Event: Floral Design
Southeast Bulloch Middle School FFA Chapter Shows Love for the Community
Southeast Bulloch High Student Wins Area Discussion Meet
Career Cluster: Government & Public Safety/JROTC
Statesboro High School JROTC Hosts Annual Military Ball
Statesboro High JROTC Celebrates Cadets' Accomplishments
Career Cluster: Health Science
Regional Competition Winners
Congratulations to the following Bulloch County students who were HOSA (virtual) Region Competition winners:
- 3rd place CPR & First Aid - Peyton Coulter & Anna Wellman
- 1st place Dental Terminology - Rebecca Dilas
- 1st place Forensic Science - Hannah Kimball & Valerie Perkins
- 1st place Medical Math - Katie Brantley
- 2nd place Medical Reading - Dylan Smith
- 4th place Physical Therapy - Abbee Aviles
These students will advance to the virtual state competitive events.
Career Cluster: Hospitality & Tourism/Education & Training
Statesboro High School Early Childhood Education Students Lead by Example
In May, Early Childhood Education pathway students from SHS assisted prekindergarten students as they learned how to responsibly use computers and other technology in the SHS Media Center. The pre-K students were engaged, excited, and happy to be able to visit the Media Center like their high school counterparts.
Career Cluster: Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math
Portal Elementary LEGO PlayMaker Project Expo
Career Cluster: Career Awareness
Langston Chapel Middle School YouScience & Career Exploration
YouScience is an online resource that helps students answer some of life’s biggest questions: “Why am I learning this?” and “What do I want to be when I grow up?” In February, Langston Chapel Middle School's eighth-grade students used this powerful online career and personal planning assessment system to help them identify their own potential aptitudes and careers.
Students completed their YouScience assessment and received a list of possible career opportunities. In addition to careers that align with their interests, students also explored the income range and educational preparation needed for each potential career. Afterwards, LCMS Counselor, Ms. Natson and eighth-grade teachers showed students videos about the Career Technical & Agricultural Education and Fine Arts programs at their feeder high school, Statesboro High. The videos were produced by Statesboro High's Audio Visual & Film Career Pathway students. The videos showcased an assortment of CTAE courses that students may take in high school to better prepare them to become enrolled, employed or enlisted.
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