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Director's Memo 2020-11-02

Monday, November 02, 2020

Autry Tech names new superintendent

Autry Technology Center in Enid named Dwight Hughes as its new superintendent/CEO.

Hughes, currently the superintendent/CEO at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, will begin his new position July 1.

Hughes has been a part of the CareerTech System for 29 years, working in all the major divisions of a technology center in that time. He began at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater teaching drafting before moving into administration. He worked at Northwest Technology Center as assistant superintendent for eight years before moving to High Plains, where he first served as deputy superintendent before being named superintendent.

“While we received many quality applications, it was clear Dwight Hughes shares our passion and commitment and has the experience needed to lead our district forward,” said Martie Oyler, search committee chairperson for the Autry Tech Board of Education.

Read more about the appointment on Autry Tech’s website.

Oklahoma FCCLA chapters get support, show knowledge

Edmond Santa Fe FCCLA chapter is one of four chapters nationwide to receive a grant from the National FCCLA Ultimate Leadership Fund. The fund helps chapters pay for their affiliation with National FCCLA.

Also, teams from Adair FCCLA and Edmond Santa FCCLA placed in the top 40 nationally in the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl. The team competition challenges students’ knowledge in six areas: personal finance; consumer rights and responsibilities; technology; health and safety; environment; and FCCLA knowledge.

Oklahoma FFA members win at virtual National FFA Convention

Oklahoma FFA members achieve a first in state chapter history during the 93rd National FFA Convention, which was held virtually this year.

For the first time in history, Oklahoma FFA had two Star winners in one year: Will Shelby, Madill, American Star in Agricultural Placement, and Nicole Stevens, Yukon, American Star in Agriscience.

Oklahoma FFA also earned five national championships in Proficiency Awards, which puts it in third place for most award winners in the country, behind California and Georgia. Winners were Whitney Glazier, Lomega, Grain Production; Randy Eversole, Cushing, Landscape Management; Ethan Ellis, Chattanooga, Outdoor Recreation; Ryen Macy, Harrah, Service Learning; and Emma Victery, Chickasha, Beef Production -- Placement.

Oklahoma FFA members won seven national championships in the Agriscience Fair, giving the state a tie with Georgia for top honors in the 2020 Agriscience Fair. Winners were Conner Little and Memphis Ridge, Stillwater, Animal Systems -- Division 2; Ethan Stone, Chandler, Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems -- Division 3; Emma Yates and Rylee Gaches, Stillwater, Plant Systems -- Division 2; Abigail Burton and Adrian Hall, Stillwater, Plant Systems -- Division 4; Sophia Brentlinger and Elizabeth Nichols, Edmond, Power, Structural and Technical Systems -- Division 6; Trinity Blosch, Stillwater, Social Systems -- Division 1; and Colbi Wooldridge and Caeli Schaefer, Stillwater, Social Systems -- Division 2.

In addition, Meeker FFA earned the 2020 National FFA Model of Excellence award.

The Journal Record highlights High Plains wind energy program

An article in The Journal Record focuses on how the wind energy training program at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward prepares students for careers as wind technicians who maintain wind turbines across the Great Plains and around the world.

The program has had an approximately 96 percent success rate in placing its 125 graduates, Assistant Superintendent Taylor Burnett told The Journal Record. Most work in Oklahoma or the surrounding region, he said.

Read the full article on The Journal Record’s website.

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