Thursday, May 14, 2015

Arden Boyer-Stephens Scholarship recipients named

Congratulations to Rock Bridge seniors, Madeline Harl and Evann Twitchell, recipients of the 2015  Arden Boyer-Stephens Scholarship.  This scholarship was established by Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA) to honor Arden Boyer-Stephens' commitment to Columbia Area Career Center and recognizes students who are pursuing a degree from an accredited college in an area related to their CACC program of study.  Dr. Boyer-Stephens retired in June 2010 from Columbia Public Schools after being employed for twenty-three years at Columbia Area Career Center where she worked in a variety of positions before serving six years as the Director.  This year CMNEA will award two scholarships. The awards were presented by CMNEA representative Michelle Shepard and Arden Boyer-Stephens.

Madeline Harl's CACC courses include Digital Media, CAD 1 and Civil Engineering. Madeline was also named the Missouri Breaking Traditions state winner.  Madeline is a Rock Bridge senior who plans on attending Missouri S & T in the fall to study Civil Engineering and Engineering Management.

Evann Twitchell's CACC courses include Broadcast Journalism and Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics. Evann is a Rock Bridge senior who plans on attending the University of Missouri to study Documentary Journalism.

Dr. Arden Boyer-Stephens, Madeline Harl and Michelle Shepard. Not pictured is Evann Twitchell.

Outstanding Student Ceremony held at Missouri Theater

The 2015 Outstanding Student Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 6 at the Historic Missouri Theater. Columbia Area Career Center sponsors the event in conjunction with its Partner in Education, MU Operations. It recognizes the top student from each career center program.  The Outstanding Student designation is the highest honor the career center awards. Students are nominated by their instructors based on grades, course work, work habits and attendance. Nominated students  submit an application, resume and essay in addition to being interviewed by personnel from the University of Missouri. The process is part of the career center model of college and career readiness. The Outstanding Student ceremony recognizes finalists in each category with the winner being announced while on stage. Each nominee received a gift of a portable charger and the Outstanding  Student is awarded a framed certificate bearing their name and the program they represent by Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for MU Operations and Chief Operating Officer. 

Check out photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Several scholarship recipients were also named.

Big O Tires Scholarship
Jacob Crum

Arden Boyer-Stephens Scholarships
Madeline Harl
Evann Twitchell

Martha A. Rayl Scholarship
Hyeonseo "Jerry" Jo
Abigail Wallen

Hummert International Award
Zoe Parham

MU Partners-in-Education Scholarship
Bailey Lawson

Outstanding Student winners:

Civil Engineering: Mason Beachy
Advanced Civil Engineering: Bob Herting
Computer Aided Design: Dzung Nguyen
Advanced Computer Aided Design:  Maddy Mueller
Digital Media:  Sarah Stannard
Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing:  Stephanie LeBlanc
Digital Fimmaking & Motion Graphics:  Luke Currey
Broadcast Journalism:  Luke Currey
Advanced Broadcast Journalism: Aarika Bock
Entrepreneurship: Sam Studer
Marketing:  Dayna Linneman
Advanced Marketing:  Madison McDonnell
Teaching Professions: Rachel Wesley
Advanced Teaching Professions:  Maggie Robbins
Geospatial Analysis:  Darwin Roberson
Geospatial Technology:  Joshua Selkoe
Information Technology:  Grant Powell
Computer Programming:  Wenzer Qin
Advanced Computer Programming:  Nicholas Putting
A+IT:  Hazzy Miner
PLTW: Computer Science:  Michael Heavener
PLTW: Electronics:  Brady Hughes
Robotics:  Mat Van Hove
Advanced Electronics & Robotics:  Colton Franke
Laser Technology:  InHan Kim
Photonics:  Zach Taylor
PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design:  Rachel Sherman
PLTW:  Principles of Engineering:  Megan Potthast
PLTW: Principles of Biomedial Science:  Devesh Kumar
PLTW: Advanced Biomedical Science:  Hunter Johnson
Lab Explorations:  Saja Neicibi
Advanced Laboratory Technologies:  Emily Getzoff
Professions in Healthcare:  Prarthana Patel
Automotive Technology:  Jacob Crum
Floral & Plant Design:  Julia Hill
Advanced Horticulture:  Christian Tejada
Agriculture Welding Technologies:  Aaron Mott
Small Engine Technology:  Morgan Kruse
Animal & Veterinary Science:  Emily Wawrzynaik
Advanced Animal Science:  Rory James
Exploring Agricultural Science:  Ashleigh McKinley
Wildlife, Conservation & Forestry:  Kyra Florea
Certified Welding 1:  Owen Van de Reit
Certified Welding 2:  Madeline Perry
Construction Technology:  Andrew Cunningham
Emergency Medial Technician:  Elizabeth Deckert
Core Essentials of Fire Fighting/Public Safety:  Rory James
Culinary Arts:  Laura Cox
Advanced Culinary Arts. Baking & Pastry:  Abigail Wallen

MU Operations Partners in Education Scholarship recipient announced

CACC Partner in Education MU Operations is dedicated to expanding their reach at the career center because they believe that the classes offered here can have a positive and life-changing impact on students' lives and career paths. To that end, new this year, MU Operations established a $1,000 merit based scholarship to a senior Outstanding Student nominee who will be attending Mizzou in the fall. Of the many students who will be Missouri Tigers next year, the three students with the highest overall scores were interviewed by a selection committee. Those students were Colton Franke, Bailey Lawson and Lauren Norfleet.  Congratulations to Bailey Lawson, Rock Bridge senior for being the first recipient of the MU Operations Partners in Education scholarship. Bailey is an Independent Study Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts 2 student who plans on studying Event Planning at Mizzou.  Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for MU Operations and Chief Operating Officer awarded Bailey the scholarship.

Bailey Lawson, recipient of MU PIE Scholarship and Gary Ward,
Vice Chancellor for MU Operations

Monday, May 11, 2015

Martha A. Rayl Memorial Scholarship winners named

The Martha A. Rayl Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 in honor of Martha A Rayl, mother of CACC Culinary Arts instructor, Jeff Rayl.  Martha Rayl was an ardent supporter of public education, having served over 15 years as a PTA member and school board member for the Grandview C-4 School District. She was also instrumental in starting the Grandview Center for Alternative Instructional Resources.
This scholarship was established to encourage and assist CACC Advanced Culinary students in pursuing culinary school after graduation.  The 2015 recipients of the $1,500 scholarships are Hyeonseo "Jerry" Jo and Abigail Wallen.  Both Jerry, a Hickman senior and Abigail, a Battle senior plan on attending The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  Congratulations to Jerry Jo and Abigail Wallen.
The award was presented by Chef Jeff Rayl.

Jerry Jo, Abigail Wallen and Chef Jeff Rayl

Big O Tires awards scholarship

The Big O Tires Scholarship was established by Rusty and Melanie Coats to encourage and assist students pursuing a career in automotive technology or a related automotive field.  Congratulations to Jacob Crum, the 2015 recipient of the Big O Tires $1,000 scholarship.  Crum is a second year Automotive Technology student from Hallsville who plans to attend Rankin Technical College in St Louis. Jacob has been accepted into the Ford Motor Company ASSET program and is being sponsored by Joe Machens Ford.  The award was presented by Rusty and Melanie Coats.

Rusty Coats, Jacob Crum and Melanie Coats

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Columbia Area Career Center Marketing Students make their mark at DECA International Competition in Orlando

Pete Eichholz, Anne Hickman and Scott Fuenfhausen, DECA Advisors for Columbia Area Career Center, are proud to announce the results of the DECA International competition (ICDC) that was held April 24 – 29, in Orlando, FL.

More than 18,000 of the best marketing students from around the U.S., Canada and other countries competed in the six day event.  

Hickman sophomore, Ana Tager finished in the Top 10 in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event. She competed against more than 150 individual to take one of the top spots.

Another Hickman student also scored individual honors at ICDC. Senior Lily Burns medaled for having a role play in the top percentile for the competition. Lily competed in Human Resources Management event.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Hickman sophomore, Ana Tager shows off her medal at ICDC.

Hickman senior, Lily Burns shows off her medal at ICDC.