Career Technical Education Awards
Future sound engineers, fashion designers, chefs, film producers, police officers, nurses and students going into the military were celebrated and recognized at the district's inaugural Career Technical Education Awards Night at Vista Murrieta High School in front of proud parents, family members, teachers, principals, assistant principals, district administrators and School Board members.
Students from the CTE audio technology, digital film production, hospitality, photography and culinary arts classes helped make the event extra special by setting up the lighting and sound and recording the event and posting video on YouTube and Facebook. Culinary arts students provided refreshments from appetizers to desserts. Executive Director of Secondary Education Mary Walters said, "It is great to see the CTE students from around the district not only being recognized at the event, but also contributing to the event with their culinary and technological skills."
Vista Murrieta High School teacher Mike Ruiz handed out certificates to several students who have completed the courses in Audio Tech. In presenting a certificate to senior Diano Rameriz, Ruiz said, "He is definitely going to make a name for himself in the music industry and we're very proud of him.
Ruiz noted the growth in the district-wide CTE courses. "Across the board, our CTE programs have grown and developed over the years. What is really important is that the students who complete the CTE programs learn about something important to them that they can take with them into future jobs and they really enjoy themselves in high school."
Murrieta Valley High School law enforcement instructor Kerrie Carlson recognized eight students who are all going on to higher education. Vista Murrieta law enforcement instructor Christopher Krug recognized 38 students. The law enforcement pathway includes Intro to Law Enforcement, CSI Crime Scene Investigation and Exploring the Criminal Justice System.
Richard Slocum presented a certificate to Aidan Lyon who completed all three of the schools Automotive Maintenance and Repair courses along with a six month internship at a local automotive shop. Lyon graduated from high school with several industry-standard certifications including a Snap-On Certification and a Lift Certification and he is going to the Merchant Marines as a heavy-diesel mechanic.
Students in the high schools JROTC programs were also recognized and Walters said, "All of the students we are recognizing tonight are either enlisting in the military, going to college on an ROTC scholarship or going into one of the service academies." Vista Murrieta JROTC instructor Master Sergeant Spear recognized Parker Ennis who was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship to attend William and Mary College, Katherine Gal who received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Joseph Rogers who will attend Purdue University on a full-ride Air Force ROTC scholarship.
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