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Director's Memo 2020-06-15

Monday, June 15, 2020

Oklahoma CTSOs give back

Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations may have ended their year online with virtual meetings, but they continued to give back with statewide philanthropic efforts.

Oklahoma HOSA members donated more than $31,900 to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and Oklahoma FCCLA members helped raise more than $7,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. FCCLA members and advisers also have been sewing hundreds of masks to help essential workers during the pandemic.

Oklahoma FFA members donated 565 animals as part of the FFA Hunger Challenge to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was able to make 904,000 protein sticks from the donated animals. Some FFA chapters also donated cash through the Cents Makes Sense program by giving $1 from each fundraising item sold.

Oklahoma BPA members raised more than $7,200 for Special Olympics Oklahoma, and Oklahoma DECA members raised $700 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

OAMCTE Essay Contest winner reads entry on video

David Reynaldo Fuentez, winner of the Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education’s 2019-20 Essay Contest, recorded a video of himself reading his winning essay.

The annual essay contest winner normally reads the winning entry at the OAMCTE Reception during the Oklahoma Summit, but because the conference is virtual this year, Fuentez will not receive in-person recognition. So OAMCTE asked him to send a video.

Fuentez, a student at Canadian Valley Technology Center and Piedmont High School, received $250 for his winning essay.

Second place was Deisy Nunez, a Metro Technology Centers and ASTEC Charter High School student, who received $175; third place was Iceis Wiley, a Tulsa Technology Center and Booker T. Washington High School student, who received $100.

The essays revolved around the theme, “Why I Chose Career and Technology Center as Part of My Career Pathway.”

Registration is open for Oklahoma Summit

Please register for Oklahoma Summit 2020, which will be a virtual conference this year. A schedule and information about spotlight sessions is now on the ODCTE and OkACTE websites.

Conference at a Glance

CareerTech students receive scholarships

Two technology center students recently received scholarships from Great Plains Kubota.

Georgia Rampersad, who graduated from the Francis Tuttle diesel/auto technician program, and Colton Guest, who attended Central Tech, received two of the three 2020 Diesel & Heavy Equipment Western Equipment Dealers Association scholarships.

You can read more about the scholarships in The Ada News.

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