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DHS students earn HOSA gold 
 DHS students earn HOSA gold Dysart High School recently attended the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference on June 19-22, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The HOSA International Leadership Conference is an annual conference for future medical professionals, that consists of several competitive events, sessions, and workshops.
 
Dysart High School HOSA received the Outstanding Chapter Award, as well as National Service Project Recognition at the conference. Three students received the Barbara James Service Award for their commitment to community service in health. Mackenzie Mitchell received Gold, and Katelyn Marr and Luis Figueroa received Bronze. In addition, Lane Vazquez-Luna received mastery level recognition in Healthcare Issues Exam, and Mario Hernandez was an event finalist in Physical Therapy. 
 
HOSA is a student-led Career and Technical Student Organization( CTSO) whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students interested in a career in health care. HOSA helps build the confidence of students by providing opportunities and responsibilities that lead to realistic choices of careers and successful employment in the healthcare field.

CTSO'S  are organizations specifically for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs (CTE). These organizations engage students through focus on CTE application activities such as developing and practicing leadership roles and applying specific occupational and academic content knowledge as an integral part of the instructional program.
Posted : 7/2 | Direct Link
Shadow Ridge wins big in solar-powered go-kart race
May 3, 2019

Shadow Ridge High School engineering students took first place in the Speed and Endurance categories of the Racing the Sun solar-powered go-kart competition on April 27. Seventeen go-karts from Arizona high schools participated in the race.

“We had a great group of motivated seniors who worked hard to build a competitive kart.  It was very satisfying to see the kart perform well and to see the excitement of the students as they raced to victory,” said team coach and engineering teacher, Eric Bennett.

Shadow Ridge competed in the Maker Kart category, where they built the kart from the ground up. They had to develop the design, and have it approved before they fabricated the kart to ensure it complied with all competition rules and protocols.

The Shadow Ridge team had nine students on the team this year. Students built the kart with help from a local fabrication company, Bravo Tango, for welding, and parts from a bicycle shop, Build-A-Bike. They also received sponsorships from UofA Tech Parks and Tucson Electric Power to help pay for the entry fees and parts.

The competition was put on by the University of Arizona’s Tech Parks Arizona at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. The Racing the Sun program starts in August, and is designed to introduce students to STEM career pathways. Teams work with industry mentors, participate in a career day and take field trips to high tech companies. As they work on their go-karts, they have the opportunity to solve real-world problems, and apply physics, engineering, math and other critical-thinking skills.
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
VVHS counselor recognized with Career Guidance Award
April 16, 2019


VVHS counselor recognized with Career Guidance Award
Lori Luzier, counselor at Valley Vista High School, was recently awarded the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region Five Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for CTE as a viable option for all students.

ACTE Region Five is comprised of 17 states and five territories, and recognizes educational professionals in eight different categories. With the regional recognition, Ms. Luzier is now eligible for the national level award.

ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance, and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities, in an effort to provide all students with high quality CTE programs that position them for career success.
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
SRHS students earn SkillsUSA accolades
March 28, 2019

Shadow Ridge High School Computer Animation students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Region 5 3D Animation and Visualization competition, held at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix. During this competition, teams of two students each worked together to design, model, and render an animation based on a set of parameters. The students were tasked with creating a 20-30 second advertisement for an eco-friendly product, in which Shadow Ridge students took home honors in first, second, and third place. The students honored include:

First place: Hannah Redwood and Sean Enouen
Second place: Brelynne Montee and Ethan Tri
Third place: Anthony Salamanca and Cooper Bolton

The students will now move onto the SkillsUSA State competition held at the Phoenix Convention Center, April 12-13, 2019.

SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development by building and reinforcing self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in dignity of work.

Computer Animation is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offered at Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista High Schools, that utilizes state of the art digital animation and visual effects software and provides students the opportunity to explore career options and opportunities in the digital animation field. CTE programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in the job market. To learn more about CTE programs offered in the Dysart Unified School District, visit dysart.org/cte
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
DECA students honored at state conference
March 11, 2019


Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students from all four Dysart Unified School District high schools were recently honored at the DECA State Career Development Conference, held in Phoenix.

The DECA State Career Development Conference competition allows students to compete in various business and marketing events and industry validated and aligned with national curriculum standards. The following DECA chapters were recognized for their achievements.

Shadow Ridge High School
 
Chapter Awards: Elite Chapter Award
First Place: Cole Callister, Logan Casey, Brody Fussell, Karolina Gierlach, Ryan McDaniel, Sloane McFarland, Julianne Meyer, Kiara Nelson, Shane Rath, Serenity Senft, Katey Smith, Tanner Smith, Aidan Volkman, and Caitlin Walton
International Qualifiers: Lydia Brown, Zoe Classen, Meghan Crisan, Bryson Fussell, Michael Link, Melody Mauro, Jamie Springer, Cole Summers, and Yvonne Reyes.
Valley Vista High School
 
Chapter Awards: Gold Level Diamond Award, and Elite Chapter Award
First Place Overall: Caroline Dors.
First Place: Jordan DeLaro and Hailey Amos.
Second Place Overall: Serena Rodarte.
Willow Canyon High School
 
Gio Miranda was a finalist, and Josh Tunac was a medalist for Top 10% in testing.
Dysart High School
 
Chapter Awards: Silver Diamond Club Award, Elite Highest Chapter Award, and Chapter Affiliate Award
First Place: Kourkis Shamaoon and Blake Dryer.
Finalist Gold Medal: Vincent Randol, Kourkis Shamaoon and Blake Dryer.
Executive Elite Member of the Year, and International Emerging Leader Honor Award of the Year: Maurice Policarpio, Khaliyah Kelly, and Angel Sanchez
DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at dysart.org/cte.
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon students interview MLB players and managers
March 4, 2019


The Willow Canyon High School (WCHS) TV Production and Media Club partnered with High School Nation to cover Major League Baseball's Spring Training. Six students had the opportunity to interview members of the Seattle Mariners organization and Major League Baseball (MLB) managers as part of Spring Training Media Day.

The students interviewed the voice of the Seattle Mariners, Rick Rizz, who told the students to find what they value, make it part of their career and work toward their goals. Students were also able to interview pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, alongside members of the national and international press. After spending time with the Mariners, the students had the opportunity to interview MLB managers.

This event was filmed by our partner, High School Nation. A video link and photos from the event are attached.

The Willow Canyon High School TV Production and Media Club works to prepare students for employment in various positions within radio, television, and film industries.  Working with groups like High School Nation for real-world opportunities is a key component to Career and Technical Education because students gain authentic experience in their chosen field.  In addition to the MLB interviews, WCHS TV Production and Media Club students have also qualified for the state competition with SkillsUSA. For more information regarding opportunities in Career and Technical Education, please visit www.dysart.org/cte.

WCHS Media Day Video

Photo Gallery
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
SRHS and WCHS DECA earn Gold
February 20, 2019

Shadow Ridge and Willow Canyon High School DECA Clubs have earned Chapter Certifications through DECA’s school-based enterprise (SBE) program. To become DECA-Certified, SBEs complete a written project detailing how their business adheres to select model business standards. Shadow Ridge DECA was amongst six other high schools in Arizona to earn Gold Level Certification, and Willow Canyon was among ten Arizona high schools to become recertified Gold. Both schools earned the honor in the Food Service Operations category for the management of their school stores.

With their Gold Certifications, both schools have qualified to participate in the SBE Academy and competition held at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, in April.

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at dysart.org/cte.
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
DHS hosts HOSA blood drive
January 29, 2019

The Dysart High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club hosted a blood drive on Friday, January 25 as part of the Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) High School Challenge. The drive is one of four throughout the year which helps Arizona’s youngest blood donors make their mark on the community by supporting lifesaving blood donations.

Dysart HOSA hosts quarterly drives to support local hospital needs. The Vitalant High School Blood Drive Challenge emphasizes community service with a focus on lifesaving activities. Students develop leadership skills as they coordinate blood drives at their school. Each school is assigned to one of eight divisions based on the school’s senior class size and geographic location and can earn awards based on the number of donations. In addition, students who serve on their blood drive committee can earn a $1,000 scholarship.

HOSA has taken on this initiative since 2015, earning awards ranging from Silver to Platinum. The students have had a successful year thus far, with the addition of over 30 donations at their most recent drive, and a goal to win a division title. The fourth and final drive will be held at Dysart High School on April 19, 2019 from 7:30am-12:00pm.

HOSA is a student-led Career and Technical Student Organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students interested in a career in health care. HOSA helps build the confidence of students by providing opportunities and responsibilities that lead to realistic choices of careers and successful employment in the healthcare field.

Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers and supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
Posted : 6/18 | Direct Link
CTE hosts Community Advisory Board
CTE Advisory BoardThe Dysart Unified School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department hosted the first biannual CTE Advisory Board meeting in April.  Members of the community including the City of Surprise, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rio Salado, Ottawa University, Benevilla, parents, and students provided guidance and recommendations to gain input on the industry outlook of the Surprise/El Mirage communities.  

The next advisory meeting will be held in the Fall to continue the efforts of providing and maintaining an educated and skilled labor force in the community through our CTE programs. If you would like to be a part of a future Dysart CTE Advisory meeting, please contact Jim Grieshaber, CTE Director, at [email protected] or 623-876-7991.
Posted : 5/1 | Direct Link
Valley Vista Culinary Students Win Big
November 28, 2018

Valley Vista High School Culinary Arts students attended the 2018 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Cluster Meeting held on November 16-18 in Phoenix. At the conference, students participated in workshops and competed in events. Junior Sabastian Nowell placed first in the Culinary Math Challenge and Velia Rodriguez, a sophomore, placed second in the Nutrition Challenge.

The National Cluster Meetings are organized by FCCLA and advisors from across the country who come together with the goal of expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents, and exploring career pathways.

FCCLA is a nonprofit national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is dedicated to promoting personal growth and leadership development through the implementation of skills such as: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. FCCLA currently has more than 5,300 active chapters with 160,000 members.


FCCLA students with their awards
 
Posted : 12/17/2018 | Direct Link
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