TSA Recap from Abraham Lincoln High School:
Abraham Lincoln High School CareerConnect students participated in the 2017 Colorado TSA State Conference and Competition on Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Students participated in several different competitions including Coding, Music Production, Silent Movie Production, and the Underwater ROV. The 2017 COTSA Conference set records as the largest conference in TSA history with more than 1,600 participants! Over 40 high schools from around the state participated in this year’s conference/competition. Two sophomores, Aaron Agustin and Juan Marquez , made an attempt at composing their own digital song and placed 20th in Music Production. ALHS Freshman, Ramiro Hernandez placed 12th out of over 30 teams in the Coding competition. Juniors, Carlos Gonzalez and Jacky Gonzalez with Senior Quang Nguyen took 10th place in the Underwater ROV. A group of Seniors, Carlos Martinez, Cesar Padilla, Itzhel Robles, Alex Rodriguez, and Cesar Padilla used their movie making and dramatic skills to place 6th in the Silent Movie competition. All students had a great conference and learning experience.
DECA Recaps From Thomas Jefferson High School:
Thomas Jefferson recently competed in the 2017 DECA State Leadership Conference from February 26-28, held annually at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Over 3,000 students, advisors, administrators, and chaperones participated in the 3 day event. Students competed in one of more than 50 different event categories that range from Apparel and Accessories to Virtual Business Challenge and the Stock Market Game. Students begin their competition with a 100 multiple choice online written test before ever arriving at the Broadmoor. Students also perform 2 Role Plays with a judge, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Between all of the competition, students attend professional workshops that included National DECA Sponsors Men’s Wearhouse, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Fashion Institute. Overall students learn and develop professional qualities that will help them succeed in a 21st Century Post-Secondary world.
Thomas Jefferson had 11 competitors compete, with one student making finals. John Rivera competed in Retail Merchandising, where he narrowly missed qualifying for the ICDC (International Career Development Conference) held in Anaheim, California in April. Overall, it was a great event for all DECA members and the students from DPS represented the district well. Students were already talking about coming back next year! Thank you to CTE for allowing our students the opportunity to expand their professional learning environment and experience “real world” opportunities. Happy 100th birthday CTE, here’s to another 100 great years of building young professionals and success!
SkillsUSA Recap from Thomas Jefferson:
We have just completed our SkillsUSA in house regional competition. Those who places will be going to SkillsUSA Colorado Leadership and Skills Championships in Colorado Spring April 5-7. We compete in 5 program areas: 3d, video, web, photography, and programming. See photos and who all placed today.
DECA Recap from John F. Kennedy High School:
All of the John F. Kennedy High School students who participated in the DECA SLC represented our school and DPS very well. One of our students, Tiffany Le, made it into the final round. While none of our students advanced to the International Career Development Conference in Los Angeles, students enjoyed the time at the Broadmoor, learned a lot and had great food! Students from left to right are: Peter Pham, Tiffany Le, Mariah Medina, Thao Ha, Drew Salazar, Jesus Rodriguez-novoa.