Monday, June 29, 2015

SkillsUSA National Culinary Contest Results

We are extremely proud to announce the results from the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony at the national contest in Louisville.

Jerry Jo, 2015 Hickman High School graduate, placed first in the SkillsUSA Culinary Arts national competition, and Jacob Knerr, 2015 Columbia Home Educators graduate, placed fourth in the SkillsUSA Commercial Baking national competition for high school students.

Jerry was awarded with a full four-year scholarship to many of the country’s top culinary schools. Jacob was awarded a partial scholarship to the same schools. Jo and Knerr will continue their education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Jerry Jo and Jacob Knerr

Students attend 2015 HOSA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California

Fourteen students and two adivsors attended the 2015 HOSA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, June 24-27.

Congratulations to the students who placed in the following competitions:

  •  Emily Getzoff  (CACC HOSA) Silver Medalist in the Transcultural Health Care Knowledge Test
  •  Bryanna Arnold (HHS HOSA) Top Ten finisher in the Transcultural Health Care Knowledge Test
  •  Marilise Stamps (CACC HOSA)  Top Ten finisher in the Nutrition Knowledge Test. 

Additionally, the Biomedical Debate team reached the second round of  competition. This is the furthest our HOSA debate team has ever advanced.  All the students dedicated their time and energy in preparing for the competitions throughout the school year.  Each student demonstrated outstanding professionalism and leadership throughout the week of the National Conference.  The HOSA advisors are extremely proud of both their conduct and their accomplishments.

HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the US Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE.  HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Columbia Public Schools have three current active HOSA Chapters, HOSA Hickman, HOSA Battle and HOSA Columbia Area Career Center.

HOSA advisors are Monical Duemmel, Christine Roberson, Deb Canine, Karen Hirst, Michael Giblin and Bobby Horn.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Columbia FFA Grasslands team finishes first at National Competition

Rory James, Joe Ege, Kassie Rankin and Asa Linneman

Congratulations to Columbia FFA Grasslands team for finishing first at the 16th Annual Mid-America Grasslands Evaluation Contest held in Springfield, Missouri, June 2-3, 2015. This highly competitive event which teaches integrated use and management of grassland resources is sponsored by the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, University of Missouri Extension and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The event begins with a practice contest, allowing the students to work through the various stations-soil interpretation, plant identification, wildlife habitat,  grassland condition and plant identification to get a feel for the test and ask questions.

The actual contest occurs the following day at a designated location. After competing, each section of the contest is reviewed on site with the announcement of the final placing made official at the awards banquet that evening.

Besides placing first overall as a team, three individuals also placed in the top three spots with their individual scores:

1st place individual-Rory James
2nd place individual-Joe Ege
3rd place individual- Kassie Rankin

The team is coached by Ag Instructor, Meridith Haley.

Friday, June 5, 2015

52 students were certified at the 2015 CNA Pinning Ceremony held May 12 at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus. The students enroll in an intensive two semester program and complete 175 hours of classroom instruction and clinicals. To complete certification, each student must pass the Missouri Certified Nursing Assistant written exam and practicum.

Clinicals were conducted at Lutheran Senior Services Lenoir nursing facility and staff members/mentors were honored for their ongoing service and contributions to the Professions in Healthcare program.

Instructors Monica Duemmel and Deb Canine recognized award recipients and then pinned their respective students.

Perfect Attendance Awards:
Rose Begemann
Erika Herting
Haylie Taylor
Kelsey Ham
Daisy Mendez
Taylor Cunningham
Amina Celebic
Amina Golbejic
Jalyssa Hardaway
Prarthana Patel
Maria Lagunas
Yahali Sandoval
Mariya Zagonenko

Highest CNA Exam Scores:
Donna Hernandez
Prarthana Patel
Kayla Ballenger
Autumn McCoy

Best Clinical Student as voted by their Peers
Kayla Ballenger
Rebecca Johnson
Tyra Brisco
Cheyenne Smith
Sierra Smith
Stacy Christmas
Amina Gobeljic
Prarthana Patel

Missouri HOSA Nursing Assisting Recognition
Janavi Patel
Samantha Saylor

Austin Roderick, Cheyeen Smith, Kendyl Boone and Amina Golbeljic read excerpts from the life of Florence Nightingale, the creator of modern nursing and then all students recited the Nursing Pledge as the flame representing "The Lady with the Lamp" was passed.

Students, family, friends and staff enjoyed a Powerpoint presentation compiled by Jeff Cochran's Leadership media class highlighting events and experiences of student throughout the year.  A reception followed in the auditorium lobby.

Congratulations to all participants in Professions in Healthcare class of 2015.

McAllister Internship student named

The Division of IT with Mizzou had the pleasure of knowing and working with Andy McAllister who is an Alum of Rock Bridge High School. Andy passed away last year and a group of his friends, who were Rock Bridge High School graduates as well, created a paid internship in the area of Information Technology for students of Rock Bridge.

As a student, Andy McAllister was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Often referred to as “the kid with the camera,” his list of photo credits was long, with countless submissions to
yearbooks and the school paper. An exemplary student and citizen was Andy as he walked the halls.  Andy succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer in November of 2014 and it is in his honor that this Internship is established. Andy may not have been the most popular kid, but he’s a Bruin that made us all proud. 

We are pleased to announce that Grant Powell has accepted the internship for the summer 2015!  Grant will be a senior at RBHS during the 2015-2016 school year.  He has completed several IT courses at CACC; Digital Media, A+ IT Essentials and Information Technology 1.  In addition to his classwork, he was also a silver medalist in the 2015 Skills USA competition.  Grant is interested in exploring all aspects of networking, including hardware installation and configuration.  He will be working with the MU Data Network team as they upgrade the wireless infrastructure on campus.

Grant Powell, 2015 McAllister Intern

Kindness Tree planted at Columbia Area Career Center

CACC Director Randy Gooch welcomes the audience
to the ceremony
Friday, May 1, 2015 staff from Columbia Area Career Center, members of the Partner In Education committee from MU Operations and Columbia Chamber of Commerce were on hand to dedicate the Kindness Tree. The intent of the Kindness Tree  initiative is to bring attention to mental health awareness and provide a peaceful sanctuary for students to enjoy and contemplate acts of kindness.  This was the 50th  tree to be planted as a continuation of the Children's Grove project chaired by Anne Deaton and Susan McDavid as a way of showing the community's commitment to children's mental, emotional and physical health, happiness and safety.
The collaboration began with the assistant director of MU Landscape Services teaching the CACC Landscape students how to select a healthy tree from a local nursery. The students planted the Butterfly Magnolia tree at the southwest entrance of CACC. The Ag Welding and Fabrication students constructed a bench that stands beside the tree. Graphic Design students Kylie Renwick and Robin Haithcoat worked in conjunction with the MU professional staff to design the invitations and program for the event. The dedication sign reads,  "A single act of kindness can change a life forever" and serves as a reminder of the responsibility we have to one another to act kindly toward each other and the impact that a single act can have on others. Pete Millier, Director MU Botanical Garden read the proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor, Robert Mc David proclaiming May 2015 as a month to emphasize "a single act of kindness can change a life forever."

The unveiling of the dedication plaque by Randy Gooch and Pete Millier
"A Single Act of Kindness can Change a Life Forever"
Kylie Renwick invitation design
Robin Haithcoat invitation design
Robin Haithcoat program design
Graphic Design student Robin Haithcoat and instructor Sandy Morrow

Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors officially dedicate
the Kindness Tree with a ribbon cutting