CTE Connections
Vol. 6 Issue 5

2013 - 2014 Second Semester Highlights Edition

MPS CTE Department honors students who have completed two years in a Program of Study at a gala reception at Mesa Arts Center

MPS CTE Department Honors Concentrators

The stage is set to honor students who have completed two years of a CTE Program of Study.

The Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center was standing room only as Mesa Public School's CTE Department honored over 1,200 students who have completed 2 years in a CTE Program of Study.  CTE Director, Marlo Loria, gave the keynote address congratulating the students on their accomplishments, and a video entitled "Because of CTE..." was shown. Students then took the stage to be presented with a certificate, a medal, and a carnation while their friends and families cheered.  Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Suzan DePrez, and Mesa School Board Member, Michael Nichols, were present to congratulate the students.  Before the presentation of awards, CTE Programs of Study were exhibited on the shadow walk outside the theater.   

First Annual Manufacturing Day
Edge Factor producer, Jeremy Bout, speaks to MPS Industrial Tech Students at Mesa Arts Center

CTE Manufacturing Day

Dobson FFA Participates in Explore What's in Store
Written and submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp

Explore What's In Store Event at the Mesa Convention Center

Explore What's In Store Event at the Mesa Convention Center

Dobson FFA Advisor, Jesse Roth, and Junior Malik Shelp discuss the MPS Veterinary Science program with a junior high student.

Hundreds of Mesa students and parents poured into the Mesa Convention Center to see what programs are available in local high schools and at local colleges. Community colleges and local programs such as EVIT, Mesa Community College, FFA, and many others were present with booths describing their program's advantages and requirements. Mr. Jesse Roth, Dobson Agriculture Teacher and FFA advisor, as well as two students, Malik Shelp and Sage Donaldson, went to represent Mesa Public School's Veterinary Science program. At the booth, visitors were given a description of the Veterinary Science program as well as given information on how to enroll into the program and begin their journey to become a Veterinarian. A horse skull, the skeleton of a rabbit and a frog, a CPR dog and some of the class literature were on display. Visitors ranged from 6th graders to 11th graders. Some of the opportunities described included a new program being developed for students to be certified as veterinary assistants through Texas A&M. Students would have to complete the MPS program, attend Vet Camp two years in a row, obtain an internship at a Veterinary Clinic, and pass the AVMA Vet Assistant Exam. Other FFA opportunities include: the chance to raise your own animal, get hands on experience at identifying the anatomy of a multitude of animal species, and to be able to talk to professionals about work experiences and educational plans.

MPS Students Excel at State FEA Competition

In March, the Education Professions Teacher trainers competed at the Future Educators Association State competition.  Several of our MPS CTE students received awards.

From Red Mountain, Dominique Brown, Angelina Romano, and Brianna Schnuettgen placed in the Ethics Case Study competition.

From Mesa High, Lezlie Ibarra Diaz placed third, Adilene Martinez placed fifth and Karla Atondo placed sixth, all in the Early Childhood Language and Literacy Display  Competition.  Also from Mesa High, the team of Kaylie Harris and Aaron Dunavant placed fifth and the team of Rosario Blanco and Perla Diaz placed sixth in the Ethics Case Study competition.  Mesa High students Kevin Aparicio took ninth place in Story Book Creation, Kaylie Harris took third place in E-portfolio and Aaron Dunavant took eighth place in Impromptu Speech.  Kaylie Harris was chosen for the 2014-2015 FEA State Leadership Team.

From Mountain View, Ashley McGuire received the Student Achievement Award and a $500 scholarship to any Arizona University.

Dobson High won first place for their Chapter Banner.  Also from Dobson, the team of Kaley Brown and Payton Olsen took second place in Technology Video (see photo below), Sabrina Garcia Lopez took third place in Early Childhood Theme Development, the team of Indira Felix Avila and Ana Ramirez Comunidad took third place in Recruitment and Marketing, the team of Keera Cooper and Ana Garcia took sixth place in Public Service Announcement, and the team of Kaley Brown, MeiLi Jensen and Kayla Hinds took eighth place in Service Project.

Congratulations to these excellent representatives on their hard work and dedication to Education Professions!

Kaley Brown and Payton Olsen take second place in Technology Video at FEA State Competition.

Red Mountain High Earns Josten's National Yearbook Design Recognition...Again!

Red Mountain Pinnacle Award Winning Cover

Red Mountain Pinnacle Award Winning Cover

The Pinnacle was one of only 426 yearbooks selected for honor from over 3,000 submissions.

Red Mountain High School’s Pinnacle yearbook has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 12 celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. Josten's Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy, and action-packed photography.

The Pinnacle was created by Co-Editors-in-Chief Samantha Stull and Steven Burleson, under the direction of Jan Saquella, Red Mountain Yearbook Advisor.

Skyline Welding News

Mesa Public Schools Summer Welding Cert Camp to be held at Skyline High School

Skyline High School Welding Shop has been selected as the site for this year's Mesa Public School summer Cert Camp. This year we will be focusing on GMAW and SMAW (MIG & Stick) in the 3G, 4G and 5F positions. Spots for the camp are extremely limited; only four per high school so the competition to participate will be fierce! The camp will be held May 27 - 30 and June 2- 6, 2014.

We will utilize day one for safety training and review and to assess our campers' welding abilities. The students will then be slotted into either the 5F or 3G stream and be put into teams that will either stick or MIG weld for the next four days. After the first four days, we swap to the alternate process and repeat the cycle. Our students will have 20 hours in each process with which to earn up to six AWS certifications.


Best of the West Welding Competition at Mesa High School

More Skyline Welding News

The Best of the West Welding Competition was held at Mesa High School and involved teams of students fabricating bottle pallets.  Thank you to Vern Lewis Welding Supply for putting on the event, and to Jerry Siko from Lincoln Electric for his continuing support of the Skyline team!  Students who achieved awards at the Best of the West Competition are:

Manual Noyes: Second Place - TIG Welding

Kyla Cook:  Third Place - SMAW (Stick Welding)

Skyline Team:  Third Place - Overall Team Fabrication


Engineering week brought Nicolai Oliden to the campus of Skyline for a seminar on civil engineering.  He gave a great presentation on how roads and highways are planned and engineered.  Students were able to give him input on the new Scottsdale Airpark bypass that he is working on.  He then conducted a hands-on tower building contest.  Great fun, great learning and yet another career path for students!

Submitted by Michael Drobitsky

Skyline welding students also have the opportunity to perform service around campus.  A few students worked on one of the campus gates and learned how to repair a gate hinge.  Safety comes first, so a welding screen prevents passers-by from being "flashed" by the electric arc.

And the BIG NEWS you have all been waiting for....

Our new 4' x 4' Torchmate CNC Plasma Table, fired by a Hypertherm Powermax 85, is installed and ready to go! Now just hold on, we have 4 major competitions within 29 days, and our End of Program Assessments, so Mr. D doesn't get to play with the new tool quite yet.  Once again, stay tuned for more Awesomeness!

Skyline High's new Torchmate CNC Plasma Table.

Red Mountain's Robotics Team Takes Top Awards

Red Mountain High School's robotics team, Plasma Robotics, had a very successful competition at the Arizona Regional FIRST Robotics tournament. In a three-day competition that included 49 teams from throughout Arizona and other western states, Plasma Robotics won the Imagery Award, the Engineering Inspiration Award, and was a member of the 3-team winning alliance. As recipient of the Engineering Inspiration Award and as the Regional Champion, Plasma Robotics qualified to participate in the World Championship event, held April 24-26 in St. Louis, MO. This will be their third year in a row and fourth time in five years to qualify for this exciting and challenging event.  While the majority of team members are Red Mountain students, the team also includes students from other Mesa schools that do not have robotics programs. 

Submitted by Daja Harris, Mentor

Red Mountain's Robot

Red Mountain's Robot

The team named their robot Richard Simmons for his energy and support of fitness.

Red Mountain's Plasma Robotics Team

Red Mountain's Plasma Robotics Team

The team after winning the Engineering Inspiration Award.

Mesa High Students Participate in Microsoft Job Shadow Program

Mesa High School Computer Technology Foundations students traveled to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall to attend a Job Shadow Day at the Microsoft Store through a program sponsored by Junior Achievement.  Prior to the field trip, students had to read the Microsoft Annual Report, write a cover letter and resume, create an infographic resume, and learn about job-seeking strategies.

On the day of the event, students were taken through a simulated new employee training and given an overview of the Microsoft Corporation and store layout. Then they broke into small groups to learn about the hierarchy of jobs at Microsoft, specifically, the Community Development specialist, the Technical Advisor, and the Product Advisor positions.  They examined products and learned the features and benefits of one particular product to participate in a mock customer buying simulation.

Submitted by Tamara Tapia

Mesa High Students create infographic resumes to prepare for the Microsoft Job Shadow Event.

Mesa High Students job shadow at Microsoft.

Dobson FFA Members attend Peoria Leadership Mini-Camp

FFA Members from the Dobson Chapter attended Peoria Mini Camp to develop their leadership skills and meet other students from around the state.The students and advisors of the Peoria High School FFA Chapter put on this mini-leadership camp each January to benefit as many members as possible. They brought in clinicians from the agricultural world to speak about relevant topics to the industry and educate the students. Members are split up into small groups of 15 or so students, each group has two counselors, and in these groups students discuss and take part in team building and leadership activities, and get to know the other members in our groups. The groups correspond to each year's theme. This year the theme was "Rising to the Challenge," based on the Hunger Games series.  Each group was a different district, and the members from Dobson  and all of the other chapters competed against each other in the Foot Rodeo, an outside track and field day type of event. The Foot Rodeo included various games and events such as an FFA trivia race and capture the flag. A group dance was also held on Friday night, which pulls members out of their comfort-zone and builds new friendships. Dobson FFA members were split up into separate groups and had a great time while learning a lot. These activities bonded Dobson FFA attendees together with the other students who attended the camp.

Written and submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp

2014 Peoria Leadership Mini-Camp attendees

Skyline Welding Students Place At Eastern Arizona College Skills Day Event

450 students representing 21 high schools competed at the Eastern Arizona College Skills Days Event.  The following Skyline students placed in the competition:

Joel Broadhead and Kameron Fugate:  First Place, Sculpture

Joel Broadhead:  Second Place, Sculpture

Joel Broadhead:  Second Place, Oxy/acetylene Welding

Cody Smith:  Second Place, SMAW (Stick Welding)

Kyla Cook:  Honorable Mention, SMAW (Stick Welding)

Joel Broadhead with his first and second place entries.

Kyla Cook with her Honorable Mention - keep in mind, this is a first-year student!

Skyline welding students in the EAC photo booth with Instructor, Mike Drobitsky, having some fun while bringing home some awards.

Dobson Future Farmers Fight for Gold

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, over 30 Dobson FFA students participated in Dobson FFA's annual Agriculture Olympic Games. This year it was hosted on the Dobson land lab with three teams, Green, Blue and Orange, competing in five different events. The first event was Bobbing for Apples and the Blue team won first place. Next was the Watermelon Eating Contest where four members from each team ate one slice of watermelon as fast as they could. The team that ate all of the watermelon the fastest was the Orange team. The third event was the Water Relay Race where each team rushed to fill a five gallon bucket with a cup that had holes in the bottom. After many attempts of traveling back and forth with a faulty cup, the Green team was the first to overfill their bucket for their first but not last win of the night. With all contestants thoroughly soaked, it was time for a giant game of Flour Tag. Ten members from each team received nylons filled with flour. The goal of the game was to eliminate every member of the opposing team and to remain standing. In a quick and strategic strike, the Green team eliminated all 20 members of the Blue and Orange team. Then came the event that everyone had been waiting for, the Mud Pit Tug-of-War. In the first round the Green team took on the Blue team and won, putting themselves in position to take first place. With great confidence, the Orange team stepped on the other end of the rope to try and secure a second victory, but they were unable to defeat the Green Team, who held on (haha) for the win! Win or lose, all of the competitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can't wait until next year to do it all again.

Written and Submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp

FFA students Ricardo Carrizal, Alex Desjardins, and Nico Olono compete against each other to bob for apples.

All participants eventually built up the courage to wade into the mud pit after the competition concluded.

An Amazing 2013-2014 School Year for Mesa High Business Wraps Up!
Submitted by Tamara Tapia

The Mesa High School Business Department is closing out the school year strong. The students in CB09 Computer Technology Foundations, Marketing I and II and DECA (the Marketing CTSO), have worked hard and earned their credit, honors and awards.

In Marketing, the students just finished two units through Junior Achievement. Entrepreneurship was led by Jose Chavez from Wells Fargo. The students wrote out lengthy business plans for their future endeavors and are now working on a promotional mix of marketing materials to promote their potential future million-dollar companies. They also completed a business simulation called Titan with Jean Gerstner, a real estate investor and entrepreneur. In this unit, the students ran through a series of online business simulations over a several-week period and tried to have the best financial outcome for their company in a game-like environment. It was a fun and exciting learning experience for them.

Marketing students show their Junior Achievement certificates.

More students with their certificates.

Four Marketing II students became CTE Program Completers through the State of Arizona and were honored at the Concentrator Reception at Mesa Arts Center. Congratulations to Deion, Buddy, Grant and Bryan. We would also like to congratulate DECA member, Austin, for being a completer in Culinary. In addition, six students are earning Mesa Community College Dual Enrollment credit for taking the Marketing I and II courses.

Bryan at the Concentrator Reception.

Austin at the Concentrator Reception.

Our DECA chapter is finishing strong by sending three students to compete at the National Level in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project. McKenna, Rafael, and Cziana boarded a plane to Atlanta on May 2, with nine other Mesa Public School students to represent Arizona DECA at the International Career Development Conference. We are so proud of their accomplishments.  We are thankful to the individuals and businesses that helped sponsor these students' travel, including Jill Lehman from EverFi.

CB09, Computer Technology Foundations, is wrapping up the year with a business simulation that challenges all the students with a fast paced real-life experience completing Microsoft Office documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. Students who are successful and complete all the assigned projects each week can earn prizes like Golfland/Sunsplash Mini-Golf Passes and Stratum Laser Tag Passes. We were even fortunate enough to have Julie Atkinson from the Marketing Department at Golfland speak to the CB09 students about running and marketing an entertainment service style business and to assist them in their simulation. We have promoted some students to "director" positions and next week will be giving out "Employee of the Month" certificates. Several of our students even took the opportunity to apply for actual jobs with Golfland because of this activity. We are also proud to announce that 15 students are receiving Mesa Community College Dual Enrollment credit for taking this course.

6th Hour Skateboard Directors: Chris, Victor, Maria, Edgar and Angelica.

We are still accepting donations for Mesa High DECA through ECA and from businesses. If you are interested in donating, please contact us.

Next year we are excited to add Digital Photography and Yearbook to the business department to open up new opportunities for students to gain career and technical experience in our classrooms.


Students represent Fremont Jr. High at the All Mesa Jr. High CO2 Car Championship.

Tyler Kott and Kyle Kuehne represented Fremont JHS at the All Mesa MPS Junior High School CO2 Car Championship.  Tyler Kott took first place in the event with a time of 1.056 seconds--very speedy!!

Submitted by Gary Ray

Tyler Kott with his winning CO2 car.

More District CO2 Car Action

More District CO2 Car Action

The line-up of cars.

Kyle Kuehne gets ready to race!

CTE Industrial Tech Specialist, Ed Loney, poses with the winners of the MPS CO2 Car Championship.

2014 Concentrator Reception - The Shadow Walk

2014 Concentrator Reception - The Shadow Walk

MPS CTE Advanced Culinary students from local high schools serve hors d'oeuvres to guests on the shadow walk at the Mesa Arts Center before the awards ceremony.

Mesa High Career Exploration Program Receives New ADE Award

Mesa High Career Exploration Program Receives New ADE Award

Mesa High Career Exploration students tour the Gateway Community College Auto Shop.

Mesa High School receives new ADE Achievement in Action Award

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) are pleased to announce the launch of the new Achievement in Action Award. As part of the mission to share examples of outstanding educational practices from around our state, this new award is designed to recognize and acknowledge K-12 schools that have implemented creative and innovative programs that have had a positive impact on student achievement. Mesa High Career Exploration will be announced as the first recipient of the award and honored at ADE’s Leading Change Conference in June in Tucson.

Red Mountain Student Wins Congressional Award for Artwork

Congratulations to Congressional Art Competition Second Place Award Recipient Christine Crossen, a RMHS Sophomore.  Christine was presented the award by Congressman Matt Salmon and her work will hang in the the Congressman's Washington DC office for the next year. The winning piece, "Water Balloons," was taken under water in her pool. Christine is a first-year student in the Intro to Digital Studios Program with Mrs. Sue Wright at Red Mountain High School.

Christine's piece was also accepted into a show at Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ from among over 1000 entrants. Fellow Intro to Digital Studios student, Shaye Divine, was also accepted into the Art Intersection show and was also in the Congressional Art Show. 


Dobson FFA Helps Out Neighbors

On February 25, 14 Dobson FFA students traveled to Crismon Elementary for the second time to read to the kindergartners, first, and second graders. This time around students read a variety of Dr. Seuss books to the kids such as: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and a variety of others. In addition to reading to the younger students, the Dobson volunteers also gave the elementary students little green easter eggs with a pig eraser inside. Dobson FFA continues to visit the elementary schools in order to educate young students, increase involvement with the community, and offer service hours to Dobson's students.

On March 12, nine Dobson FFA students traveled to a nursing home to spend some time with the elderly to bring a smiles to their faces. The students brought arts and crafts materials and provided some activities to entertain the residents. Students helped residents paint "Pots o' Gold" to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day theme, painting miniature clay plant pots that were filled with golden candies. One student even brought her guitar to serenade the residents. During the two hour time period FFA members talked and interacted with the nursing home residents all while bringing smiles to their faces.

Written and submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp


Dobson freshman, Jayde Neubert, reads to a classroom of first graders at Crismon Elementary.

Juniors Kara Cuene and Chelsee Cly paint "Pots O'Gold" with nursing home residents.

On Friday, April 18, 20 Dobson FFA students traveled up to Fossil Creek for a Friday morning hike, fulfilling their commitment to good health. These students came to help clean up the one mile creek trail by removing trash that littered the trails. The students spent all day cleaning up in order to improve the overall cleanliness and health of the preserve. After hiking deep into the trail the students got to cool off by jumping into the creek for a well-deserved break. Once everyone was dried off, the tired group headed home feeling great about helping out nature and committing to better personal health.


Members from the Dobson FFA chapter met up on Saturday, April 25, to help out in cleaning up the community. 14 students came to assist with yard work for elderly and disabled residents in the surrounding neighborhoods around Dobson High School. Students worked hard, performing tasks such as trimming palm trees, pulling weeds, mowing lawns, weed-eating, picking fruit, and trimming bushes. They spent about an hour at each house, making the blitz last from 9:00 to 12:00, for a total of 42 man-hours of work.


Written and submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp



Angus and Sage Donaldson stop to pick up litter left along the Fossil Creek trail.

Students work to pull weeds at the home of a local disabled resident.

Mt. View FBLA Students are First Place Winners

Two Mountain View High School students have taken top honors at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.  Ninth-grader Kevin Wilcox took first place in the Impromptu Speaking Event.  This event recognizes FBLA members who develop qualities of business leadership by combining quick and clear thinking with conversational speaking.  Twelfth-grader John Hatch took first place in the Help Desk Event.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and ability to provide technical assistance to end users of computer hardware and software.  Congratulations to these outstanding FLBA students!

Applied Technical Math Debuts at Skyline

Mr. Michael Drobitsky is teaching the first-ever Applied Technical Math course offered in the Mesa Public School District at Skyline High School.  The class is made up of seniors who are receiving their fourth math credit with this course.  It is a hands-on course that is, as Mr. Drobitsky says, "real-life math."  One lesson had students pouring aluminum ingots to measure the coefficient of expansion of an aluminum alloy.  Check out the videos to see students in action!

The actual pouring of the ingots

The beginning of the data recording session

More Skyline Applied Technical Math News!

We have also been diligently fabricating pulleys and cases for our dragster gear boxes. The students first decided on an optimum speed for their dragster. Then they selected a drive wheel diameter and calculated the wheel speed needed to achieve their optimum top speed. As a group we took a sample motor and using an oscilloscope, determined the "no load" and "loaded" speed of the motor. Then they did an easy calculation to determine the gear ratio needed. The hard part came next; they had to figure out how many reductions and what ratios they would need to put this all together. Maximum drive wheel and pulley size is 2-1/2" in diameter, minimum pulley diameter is 5/8".

Written and submitted by Michael Drobitsky

Jacob rough-cutting his team's pulleys.

Chandler turning a pulley on our "lathe."

Skyline High School's "Lathe" in Action

Mesa High DECA Earns Second Place in Financial Literacy

Mesa High School DECA won second place in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project at the Arizona State DECA Career Development Conference in March.  The team of McKenna A., sophomore, Cziana S., freshman publicity officer, and Rafael B., senior chapter treasurer worked hard for the award.  The huge success came from the 30-page report worked on, submitted and presented by the students. Eleven Mesa High students participated at the state level in this competition.  

Second Place Winners with their advisor, Tamara Tapia.

For the report, students planned, organized, implemented, and evaluated a financial literacy project sponsored by H & R Block.  Students used an online program called EverFi to learn about financial literacy.  They set up their own savings and checking accounts through Wells Fargo.  They completed nine lessons on personal finance in EverFi.  Armed with this financial knowledge, students then delivered lessons on personal finance to students at Rhodes Junior High and Taylor Junior High.  The students and staff at Mesa High appreciate the opportunity to work with DECA and present the knowledge they gained through this experience at the Arizona State Career Development Conference.

Submitted by Tamara Tapia

Rhodes students show the certificates they earned while learning about financial literacy from Mesa High DECA students.

Red Mountain FFA Competes in State Career Development Event

The Red Mountain FFA competed in the State Career Development Event in Tucson.  The Agronomy team received first place overall.  In the Agronomy contest, students have to identify crop plants and seeds, weeds, bugs and their parts, and crop disorders.  Much study is needed to prepare for this contest.  Coach Brian McGrew helped students become knowledgeable for the event.

Each student on the team also placed in the top ten individually as follows:

Shelby Sturgiss - First Place, Matt Lucas - Third Place, Emily Estrada - Fifth Place, and Mitchell Smith - Eighth Place.  It was amazing to have all of the team in the top ten in a very competitive field of students.

With this win, the Agronomy Team has qualified to represent Arizona in the National Competition in October in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations to the Red Mountain Agronomy Team!

Other Red Mountain teams that competed at the State Event were Nursery/Landscape, receiving fourth place overall, Horse Evaluation, Aquaculture, and Livestock Evaluation. 

Submitted by Kevin Hicks, Red Mountain FFA Advisor

Red Mountain Award Winning FFA Students

Red Mountain Award Winning FFA Students

The Red Mountain Agronomy Team with Coach Brian McGrew.

Skyline Welding Students Participate in Community Service

Mesa Parks and Recreation held their annual Splish, Splash and Dash in April, and asked Skyline Welding students to fabricate the Monkey Bar Climb portion of their obstacle course. We had a bit of a time crunch but we got it done! Mr. Billingsley found us a great tubing coping calculator that prints out a template in several formats.

The City purchased Day Glo Orange paint but gave us grey primer to use before the orange  - we're calling it "Burnt Umber". The legs are splayed in all four directions and we whipped up some stakes and tie down loops for it to be anchored securely into the turf for the event. It is also disassemble-able so they can take it apart for storage.

Lisa is making sure there are no sharp edges.

The finished product.

Red Mountain High School Yearbook Staff Earns Honorable Mention in Nationwide Photo Contest

Red Mountain High School Pinnacle Yearbook staff member, sophomore Mali Cao, received an Honorable Mention in the Student Life and Traditions category for her photo “Activity at Lunch” in this year’s Jostens/Wolfe’s Camera Photo Contest. Out of approximately 5,000 entries from students across the country, only 26 students won awards in this year’s contest.

“From the moment I saw Mali’s photo, I knew it was an award winner," said Red Mountain High School Pinnacle yearbook adviser Jan Saquella. “I’m so proud of Mali’s accomplishment.”

To see Mali's award-winning photo, as well as all the winning photos, click here and go to page nine.

Mesa High School HOSA Students Compete and Win

The HOSA: Future Health Professionals Spring Leadership Conference was held recently in Tucson.  Several Mesa High students qualified for Nationals, to be held in Orlando, Florida. in June.  The qualifying students and the categories of their awards are listed here:

Jacob Sosa (grade 12, Sports Med): State Champion in Nutrition - National Qualifier.

Anthony Crossland (grade 12, Biotech Academy): State Silver Medalist in Biotechnology - National Qualifier. 

Angelica Pangan (grade 10, Biotech Academy): Fourth Place in Medical Math - National Alternate.

Red Mountain and Mountain View also had qualifiers...Go MPS!!

Submitted by Amanda Grimes

Red Mountain HOSA Students Compete and Win

Congratulations to the Red Mountain HOSA team members.  They placed second at the HOSA state competitions in the Community Awareness competition on Childhood Immunizations/Vaccinations.  They are now eligible to go to the national HOSA conference in June to be held in Orlando, Florida.  Pictured below are team members Jessica Newman, Olivia Gabrick, and Megan Nielsen, with club sponsor, Lisa Randall.

Submitted by Julie Nau

Red Mountain HOSA team members with club sponsor, Lisa Randall.

Dobson Yearbook Students Attend the JEA/NSPA Convention in San Diego

Dobson Yearbook students traveled to San Diego, California, for the annual JEA/NSPA Convention.  They submitted their 2012-2013 yearbook for judging.  Dobson's yearbook, the "EQUUS," placed fourth in the "NSPA Best of Show: Yearbooks 225 - 274 pages."  Congratulations to the Dobson Yearbook Staffers!

Submitted by Trish Thompson

More Dobson FFA News
Written and Submitted by Dobson FFA Reporter, Malik Shelp

State CDE Day

FFA's Annual Spring State Career Development Events Competition is a series of agricultural competitions held at the University of Arizona. These individual events are meant to improve leadership skills, as well as increase knowledge of certain agriculture field and career readiness. On March 6, Dobson FFA had four teams compete in Meat Evaluation, Horse Evaluation, Agricultural Mechanics and Job Interview. Along with the competitors, one student auditioned for the State FFA Chorus. Including the teams and the auditioner Dobson had nine people compete in all. Angus Donaldson placed 10th in Meat Evaluation and Samantha Pedigo placed 6th in Job interview. In all, six students were selected to sing in the AZ State FFA Chorus.

Dobson FFA competitors finish a long day that tested their knowledge and skills in several career areas. Front row from left: Angus Donaldson, Joy Fowler, Samantha Pedigo, Bernice Davila, and Advisor Jesse Roth. Middle row from left: Ricardo Carrizal, Cody Young, Josh Kinslow, Katelin Smith, Bailey Payne, and Jesseca Emery. Top row from left: Kyle Cuene, Jalen Vasquez, and Jonah Benson​.

Dobson FFA finishes strong at Maricopa County Fair

After a full school year of carefully preparing their animals, Dobson FFA students had the unique experience of participating in the annual Maricopa County Fair from April 8 -13, 2014. Throughout the school year, these students have invested their money to purchase, raise, train, and sell animals to be taken to this fair to be sold. Dobson animals included rabbits, cavies, goats, lambs, chickens and turkeys. Throughout the week, students were required to be at the fair from 8 am - 3 pm, but almost all students came early to help feed the livestock at the fair or support their fellow members with judging or showmanship. Many students also stayed until 9 or 10 pm as volunteers running paperwork at auctions and helping to clean the fair barns. All Dobson FFA students also volunteered for a two-hour shift at the Maricopa Farm Bureau's "Farmer For A Day" booth, which had a goal to teach young children about agriculture. All students went through a judging round in which their animals were evaluated and judged based on weight and appearance, for which students worked so carefully all year to prepare their animals. Throughout the week, students had showmanship competitions competing amongst other local FFA and 4-H chapters in Arizona to test their showmanship skills of the animal they own. After the livestock was judged and the students showed their animals, most of the livestock brought by Dobson FFA went to auction, earning students big bucks and making the year's worth of hard work worth it. Money earned will be re-invested towards future projects to earn even more money the students can use for college expenses. Overall, everyone gained valuable experience as well as some service hours.

Chelly Celeya prepares her lamb for the fair.

Indira Felix finishes at the top of her class with her cavy (guinea pig).

Katelin Smith prepares her goat for the fair.

Cody Young (at center) shows his lamb, Cass.

The Annual MPS CTE Video Awards Ceremony Results

On May 7, the MPS CTE Video Awards Ceremony was held at the Mountain View High School Auditorium.  The National Anthem was presented as a video and performed by Sirrine Elementary School, with teacher, Erica Shultz, and students, Connor Skowron, Barbi Karg, Gina Mendoza, Gabby Ester, Kyndle Driffill, and Willow Hepler.  Opening remarks were given by Marlo Loria, Director of CTE, and Dr, David Luna, Director of Ed-TV.  Here are the students that won top honors at each school:

Kayla Tekautz - Top Student, Mountain View  and Hayden Allen - Rookie of the Year, Mountain View.  Teacher - Jeff Hall.

Trevor Lawrenz - Top Student, Dobson and Xavier Botiller - Rookie of the Year, Dobson.  Teacher  - Rob Bushman.

Jake Gonzalez - Top Student, Mesa High and Victor Guzman - Rookie of the Year, Mesa High.  Teacher - Briton Tarter.

Amber Hedges  - Top Student, EVA and Karina Ayon - Rookie of the Year, EVA.  Teacher - Karen Randle.

Justin Kaminsky - Top Student, Red Mountain and Max Schultz and Lliad Trigo Moradnia - Rookies of the Year, Red Mountain.  Teacher - Matt Kelley.

Siarah Aysien - Top Student, Skyline and Anna Crosby - Rookie of the Year, Skyline.  Teachers - Steven Benitez and Dan Billingsley.

Kirk Nelson - Top Student, Westwood and Israel Ramirez - Rookie of the Year, Westwood.  Teacher - Carl Ross.

Here are the video categories and top two winners in each category:

Top News Story Videos:  Cooper Crandell, Skyline for Zaharis Elementary and Justin Kaminsky/Gabby Wells, Red Mountain for Sheridan.

Top School Newscast Videos:  Cheyenne Weston/Broadcast Class, Mountain View for Toro TV 11/20 and Hunter Brown/Jorge Gonzales-Zuniga/Israel Ramirez/Collin Peterson, Westwood for Warrior News Network #2.

Top Club or Organization Videos:  Kemah Martinez/Edgar Esparza/Ashley Winborne/Hayley Cross, Westwood for Stained Glass and Anna Crosby, Skyline for Yearbook: Behind the Book.

Top PSA on Smart Snacks Videos:  Xavier Botiller/Jazmine Ramirez/Nacho Sanchez, Dobson for Smart Snacks Propoganda and Michelangelo Cozzo, Red Mountain for Smart Snacks Game Show.

Top Sports Videos:  Siarah Aysien, Skyline for Girls Soccer and Andres Villaverde, Red Mountain for Colton Plourd.

Top Off Campus Videos:  Sydnie Strickland/Zachary Thiers, Red Mountain for MAC Swim Club and Jacob Losee-Catlin/Adam Copeland/Scott Carr, Red Mountain for Gotham City Comics.

Top Music Videos:  Kayla Tekautz, Mountain View for Sadie Hawkins, Jason Vilchez, Red Mountain for Courage, Respect, Influence, and Mariah Beard/Tia Overton, Dobson for Undercover Martyn.

Honorable Mention Videos:

Ruben Reyes, Dobson for Softball

Cole Travis/Mario Manzo/Daniel Fictum, Dobson for Gotham City Comics

Christian Campa, EVA for Reckless Driving

Adam Alvarado, EVA for Day in Life

Jeffrey Johnson, EVA for Stevenson Carnival

Jake Gonzalez, Mesa High for Advanced Welding

Jake Gonzalez/Derek Wheeler, Mesa High for AVID

Bryce McGertt, Mountain View for Traditions Assembly

Kayla Tekautz, Mountain View for Marching Band

Bobby Drew, Mountain View for Boys Basketball

Megan Clouse/Alecia Rosales, Mountain View for Toro TV 2-14

Andres Villaverde, Red Mountain for Max Thompson

Justin Kaminsky/Gabby Wells, Red Mountain for Football Wrap Up

Michelangelo Cozzo, Red Mountain for Super King Coz

Tanner Redding/Austin Hillis, Red Mountain for Healthy Eating Choices

Cooper Crandell, Skyline for Wrestling

David Gouldthorpe, Skyline for Choir

Anna Crosby, Skyline for Heritage Village

Hunter Brown/Israel Ramirez/Wesley Paddock, Westwood for Newscast #1

Wesley Paddock/Odessa Montes/Elisa Rivera/Danny Fletcher, Westwood for Jewelry

To see many of the winning videos, click here                                                                    or visit http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/staff/jmkelley/tv/rmtv-13-14/awards/