Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Group Goes Green with Lightbulbs

Group Goes Green with Lightbulbs

When you hear the word “Girl Scouts,” most people immediately associate it with “cookies.”  Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics (FRC) and inventor of the Segway, is striving to provide a similar fundraising icon for the FRC teams.  Sponsored by Google to the tune of $3 million, this energy efficient “green” lightbulb can only be obtained from FIRST Robotics teams.  The Columbia Area Career Center Army Ants FIRST Robotics team was introduced to the product at the Regional Competition in St. Louis in March.  It’s not everyday that you find high school students excited by a lightbulb, so there must be something special about these!  The LED bulbs average many thousands of hours of life, use approximately 10% of the energy of an incandescent bulb and are totally safe to dispose of.  Because there is no filament, they are extremely useful in garage door openers and overhead fans.  The quality of light is exceptional, they turn on instantly and if you drop them, don’t worry – they are almost impossible to break!

One of the best benefits is knowing that your investment is supporting not only the environment but Boone County students who will be the next generation of leaders for our world.  LIghtbulbs can be purchased for $20 (discount available for quantities over 5) by calling Julie Lyman at 268.5670 or email

More information about how CACC is green.

CTSO (Student Organization) Contest Winners

Ten Hickman students competed in state competition at the FBLA State Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, Missouri from April 17-19, 2011.  All ten members and advisers Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss attended the conference.  Seven of the ten members placed in the top 5 in their event.  They are as follows:
Business Ethics (team performance event) - 3rd
Landon Isabell, Audra Woodard, Mike Richardson
Banking and Financial Systems (team performance event) - 3rd
Ashlie Anderson-Rice, Sara Sabulsky, Adam Kidwell
Personal Finance - 5th
David Leon
Sports Management - 4th
Adam Kidwell

Pictured from left to right, back row:  Landon Isabell, Mike Richardson, Adam Kidwell; front row: Tori Griggs, Trina Brinkmann, Sara Buxton, Audrey Woodard, and Ashlie Anderson-Rice.

Hickman DECA traveled to Orlando, FL from 4/29 - 5/4 to compete at national competition. Of the 15,000 students from the US and Canada who competed, Hickman's students performed exceptionally well.

Adam, Sara, and Spencer made it to the finals:
Adam Kidwell & Sara Sabulsky - Top 10 finish in Financial Analysis Team Decision Making Event
Spencer Claiborne - Top 20 finish in Quick Serve Restaurant Individual Event.

Columbia FFA had an outstanding showing at their State Conference!  Following are the winners:
Nursery Landscaping - 1st Place - Courtney Johnson, John Marshall, Brandon Gerardy, Nick Sublette

Ag Mechanics - 1st Place - Drew Wulff, Zach Harrison, Lucas Boland, Corey Reuter

Soils - 5th Place - Tyler Carey, Liam Hancock, Sadie Barnes, Caroline Sicht
Dairy Cattle - 1st Place - Ben Carpenter, Alan Perry, John Denbigh, Jessica Vaughn
  • FFA State Degrees:  Kris Rankin, Sadie Barnes, Cooper Martin
  • Meats - 4th Place - Tory Chasteen, Brooke Eaton, Kelsey Harrington, Nicholas Sun
  • Poultry - 4th Place - Taulor Bunch, Leyna Craigmile, Julia Matera, Eva Quattrocchi
  • Horse - 11th Place - Ashley Dittamore, Bryanna Gates, Ashton Rhine, Megan Wehmeyer
  • Natural Resources - 1st Place - Cooper Martin, Sarah Darr, Kelly Wilsdorf, Thomas Pekkala, Taylor Forsythe
  • Forestry - 2nd Place - Cooper Martin, Kris Rankin, Leslie Neu, Harrison Stretz
  • Grasslands - 3rd Place - will compete at Nationals in June - Cooper Martin, Kelly Wilsdorf, Kris Rankin, Courtney Johnson

CACC Retirees

Thanks Caye!
After 21 years with the Columbia Public Schools, Caye Dubes is retiring.  Caye has served as main office secretary and she will be sadly missed by the entire staff and students!  She leaves with mixed emotions because working at the Columbia Area Career Center has been her most enjoyable position of her working profession.  Bonding friendships have developed over these 21 years and Caye will miss these special friends!  She has enjoyed watching the students learn and grow in their education as well as watching the Career Center’s growth over the years.  She hopes the public will continue to be more informed about the Career Center and realize what they offer the youth of tomorrow!

Caye is married to Jerry Dubes and they have two children; a son who lives in Smithville, MO and a daughter in Germany.  They plan to spend more time visiting with their children and grandchildren.  Traveling is also at the top of their “Bucket List” as well as having the time to just enjoy life!

Thank you, Terry!
Terry Timmons, Vocational Resource Educator, is retiring this year after serving the Columbia Public Schools for 31 years.  She taught one year at Jefferson Junior High and 30 years at the Columbia Area Career Center.  Terry also taught six years in Galesburg, Illinois!  After 37 years, this lady deserves a break!!  She will be greatly missed by the staff and students at the career center.  Her energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail have helped many high school students see success in high school and beyond!  We will miss you Terry!!

She looks forward to taking a fall vacation with her husband and spending lots of   time with her darling grandson!

Thank you, Jim!
Jim Kyd, instructor for Electronics, is retiring from teaching this June.  He earned his BS in Education in 1973 and went to Arkansas to work on museum restoration.  He worked with numerous wooden items and wholesaled a line of wooden toys out to the World Trade Center in Dallas, Texas!  He returned to Columbia in 1978 to do custom woodworking until 1981, when he started teaching Technology Education in Hallsville, Missouri.  Jim earned his Master’s degree in 1985 and taught Technology Education in Mokane, Missouri until 1990.  In 1991, Jim taught Technology Education at Hickman High School.  He was instrumental in starting the highly successful aerospace (CASA) program in the Columbia Public Schools.  Jim moved to the Career Center in 2000 as the electronics instructor. 

Next year, Jim will be working for an electronic product development company in Columbia!  So it appears that Jim is not REALLY retiring but just changing channels.  The staff will miss Jim but wish him all the best as he enters a new world of employment!

Thank you, Steve!
Steve Chott, instructor for Electronics and A+IT Essentials, is retiring from the Career Center this June.  Coming to the Career Center from 3M Company in 1992, Steve coordinated the Missouri Customized Training Program and the Adult Education Trade and Technical programs for a number of years before moving back into the classroom in 1996.  He was part of the laser ablation project (3M) which helped the Career Center start its laser/photonics program.

Steve says he will really miss the students and being with them when they get that “Aha!’ moment. Steve has been able to see lots of those “Aha!” moments and will be missed by the staff and students next year!

Thank you, Oscar!
Dr. Oscar Carter, Assistant Director of the Columbia Area Career Center, will be retiring at the end of this school year.   He has been with Columbia Public Schools for seven years.  He started his career in South Central Missouri as an Agriculture instructor.  He taught for 23 years with 18 of those years at Ozark Mountain Technical Center in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

His plans after retirement include spending more time with his family, who reside outside of Boonville, Missouri.  He will remain in the area and will continue to be active with the Boonslick Kiwanis and other community groups in Boonville and Columbia.  He looks forward to fishing more and working less!  Best of luck on those fishing endeavors, Oscar….we will miss you!

Thank you, Cathy!
Cathy Holle has worked in the Career Center's Financial Aid office since March 1998. She has loved working with the Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology students, helping them find ways to fund their education. Many of these student's lives have been profoundly changed by these programs. She's enjoyed working with her colleagues in the Adult Education office.

Cathy hopes to spend more time at the pool this summer and enjoying her condo that she moved into 5 years ago. 
Her next career will be working with the elderly. Best wishes, Cathy!!

Culinary Student National Bound

Culinary Student National Bound
Jules Crespy won the State Contest for Culinary Arts in April, graduated this May and placed 10 at the National Culinary Contest on June 24. He plans to attend the Culinary Institute of American in New York. Cooking runs in Jules’s family. His grandmother owned a restaurant, his mother is an avid cook, and his aunt taught Culinary Arts in Paris, France. He has become skilled in Culinary Arts and credits the professionalism of his Career Center instructors. Jules said, “They teach you the skills that you will need out in the culinary world! You learn how to cook and how to develop the correct attitude and composure. They care about your success and you as a person!” His dream is to enter the world Culinary Arts and possibly incorporate the use of Molecular Gastronomy (Food Science) in some capacity after college.

Bill Gates Scholarship - Etienne Niyonzima

Etienne Niyonzima
Bill Gates Scholarship and Arden Boyer-Stephens Award
When Etienne Niyonzima came to Rock Bridge High School in 2007 he could not speak a word of English. But after four years of hard work and determination he graduated with a 3.7 GPA this May. He will be attending Missouri State University this fall. His tuition will be paid by the Gates Millennium Scholarship which selects minority students with high GPAs and have proven leadership abilities. Etienne plans to major in Construction Technology. After he graduates, he wants to go back to Tanzania, Africa and teach young men construction skills so they can pay their bills and live a better life than they have now.