And, they're off!
EHOVE students have the opportunity to belong to student organizations. Each of the organizations offers students the opportunity to participate in local, regional, state and national competitive events, and encourages students to give back to the community through various community service activities. Competition season is underway, where a large number of EHOVE students are busy creating and improving their presentations and projects. The competition categories are quite varied throughout the organizations.
Students in four of these organizations at EHOVE are headed to Columbus for State or Chicago for Nationals: SkillsUSA, BPA, FCCLA and FFA. Students are excited and working hard to prepare for these upcoming events in April.
Photos of the following students will be going to either State or Nationals are at EHOVE's Facebook page in this photo album.
BPA National Qualifiers:
• Broadcast News Team - Rena Arter (Edison HS), Jen Feathers (Vermilion HS), Coty Heim (Edison HS), Taylor Muncy (Norwalk HS)
• Digital Media - Mitchell Larson (Norwalk HS)
• Global Marketing Team - Kendra Clark (Monroeville HS), Jessica Lavanty (Western Reserve HS), Tiffany Pleska (Western Reserve HS)
• Java Programming - Cody Butz (Bellevue HS)
Skills USA State Qualifiers:
• Caitlin Hartman (New London HS), Advertising Design
• Kyle Kidd (Western Reserve HS), Job Skill Demo Open
• Nikki Roeder (Monroeville HS), First Aid/CPR
• Ben Vandootingh (Bellevue HS), Jared Matso (St. Paul HS), Matt Rowland (Bellevue HS) and Curtis Reineck (Bellevue HS), Team Works
• Haley Olds (Monroeville HS), Natasha Cromwell (Edison HS) and Taylor Asberry (Huron HS), Crime Scene Investigation
• Cory Goolman (Edison HS) and Bailey Schueler (Edison HS), Promotional Bulletin Board
• Bailie Prater (South Central HS), Extemporaneous Speaking
• Jake Galloway (Perkins HS), Welding
• Hannah Rumbutis (Perkins HS), Culinary Arts
FCCLA State Qualifers:
• Hannah Rumbutis (Perkins HS) – Garde Manger
• Ashly Dickman (Margaretta HS) - Concept Curriculum
• Olivia Troxel (Norwalk HS) - Concept Curriculum
• Morgan Krebs (Huron HS) - Language and Literacy
• Ashley Kromer (Perkins HS) - Teacher Resource Kit
• Early Childhood Team Event - Ashly Dickman, Morgan Krebs, Ashley Kromer
FFA State Qualifiers
• Nature Interpretation - Megan Long (Monroeville HS), John Ellis (Edison HS) and Patricia Casanova (South Central HS)
So, what are the competitions, and why do EHOVE students do it? Each student had different answers, but one thing is for sure, they are all excited for the competitions to begin!
“It’s our junior project. Our competition consists of graphic design, news broadcast, word processing and digital media choices to pick from,” said Interactive Media Tech student Mitchell Larson (Norwalk HS), who will be going to Business Professionals of America (BPA) Nationals in Chicago this month. He sees many advantages of being a part of the BPA organization, including the opportunity to get ahead and push himself. “I am really into the technical field of everything and enjoy seeing how hard I can push myself to do better,” he said.
Culinary Arts student Hannah Rumbutis (Perkins HS) is involved in two of EHOVE organizations: SkillsUSA and FCCLA, and will be going to State in Columbus for both. She will, no doubt, have her hands full, from taking a test to fabricating a chicken and hitting certain culinary techniques within those three hours for this one culinary event that SkillsUSA offers. Rumbutis is ready and excited about the competitions. “I’ll do a 3-course meal in three hours. It’s fun to have the adrenaline rush, meeting people, and learning expert leadership opportunities, “ said Rumbutis.
For FCCLA, she will be preparing and demonstrating the art of cold food. “I am doing Garde Manger. I will be preparing three appetizers: roasted vegetable terrine, sage fried potato pancake with crème frishe and an apricot caviar with a stage salt, and finally a roasted sweet onion sun-dried tomato telish with goat cheese, and parsley on a tear-drop crostine,” said Rumbutis.
Early Childhood Education student Ashly Dickman (Margaretta HS), is also part of the FCCLA organization, where she will be going to state competition. “I qualified for two things: One is Concept Curriculum. We pick a theme and then we pick activities for children. Our theme this year is recycling. Two is Early Childhood Team Event. We get a surprise theme and run our own schedule, pick our own activities and do scenerios, “ said Dickman.
Criminal Justice student Kyle Kidd (Western Reserve HS) will be going to state for SkillsUSA. “You choose skills in your field, like handcuffing and pat downs, and you have 7 minutes to demonstrate and explain your skills to the judges,” said Kidd.
Visual Communication Design student Bailey Schueler will be headed to the SkillsUSA state competition. “I’ve stuck towards career-based competitions and being able to design something. I found a passion for competing in SkillsUSA. Such a sense of accomplishment. SkillsUSA helps me to strive for success,“ said Schueler.
Schueler enjoys the challenge and accomplishments of designing whatever a client requests to relay a message visually, whether it is using words or pictures to reach an audience. “SkillsUSA is one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. It has made me into who I am. It has molded me. As long as you put 110% effort into it, you will find your potential, and that’s what I’ve done,” said Schueler.
EHOVE students agree these organizations and competitions are relevant to their future in the workforce or in college. “BPA is good for college applications and your resume. It also offers good preparation and communication skills, which is good in the workforce. I would encourage anyone to try BPA, it’s a good experience to have,” said Larson.
Green Science Tech student Megan Long (Monroeville HS) just finished competing in FFA’s State Competition in Nature Interpretation on March 31. “I was excited to go,” said Long. “It helps us get ahead of the game, because it helps us know the skills our jobs will require if we stay in this field.”
“SkillsUSA and the competitions are teaching us to be leaders in the world of work and how to become a professional,” said Schueler.