WHS CTE May Student of the Month

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Ollie Wess

WHS CTE May Student of the Month

Junior

Academy of Robotics and Electronics - GWAMA

My name is Ollie Wess. I am a student of the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy and currently taking classes in the duel credit TSTC Robotics course. My life aspiration is to work for Space X as an aerospace engineer so that I may contribute to the future of space travel and humanity as a whole. I never thought that I would be deciding my own future as early as I have, but GWAMA has helped lead me in that direction. Without this amazing program, I have no idea where I would be right now.

My main mentor, Joe Rizo, has encouraged me to speak up and to share my ideas. This has been especially true this year with SkillsUSA and First Robotics Competition, as both required team communication and innovative ideas flowing to the table. Overall, this continuing trip in GWAMA has shown me what I am capable of in the STEM field and workforce.

 Because of my participation at GWAMA, I have been able to compete in SkillsUSA at the state level for the last two years. This year I was able to take home medals from district and state in the Engineering Design competition. Because of the continued support of my family, and the GWAMA method of hands on teaching, I am currently able to pursue higher levels of education that would otherwise have been inaccessible to me.

 WHS CTE April Student of the Month

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WHS CTE April Student of the Month

Will Audet

WHS CTE April Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Architecture

The Architecture academy has helped me a lot throughout my high school years. After I graduate from high school, I will be enlisting into the Air Force. While I am in the Air Force, I plan to use my knowledge I learned here in the architecture academy to carry me through my military career. After I serve my 2-4 years with the Air Force, I plan on attending Texas A&M, and further extending my knowledge in architecture. Without the architecture academy, here at Waco high I would not know what my future would look like. The architecture academy has helped me learn everything from building a shed made out of wood to how to design a mansion on Revit, our computer program. Revit is also a huge help because all major colleges use it, and I will already know how to use it when I go to college. While taking the architecture class, it has helped me do important things in real life too when it comes to house designing and how things are built. I have helped my best friend renovate his house by redoing his hardwood floors and redoing his entire kitchen. Without the architecture class, I would not have known how to do anything when it comes to construction and destruction of buildings. In the end, I am glad I chose the architecture academy because it is going to take me far in life.

 WHS CTE March  Student of the Month

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WHS CTE March Student of the Month

Hipolito Galan-Medrano

WHS CTE March Student of the Month

Senior

GWAMA

Career and technical education (CTE) programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. For example automotive technician, robotic engineer, and Welding.

CTE courses attract younger generations to a certain trade and educate them and encourage students to get involved with programs that can offer insight into the business industry world. There’s often a misconception that welders can’t make decent money compared to white-collar jobs, but that’s not true.

At GWAMA I have learned that Welding is not only a skill but also an art to be proud of.  I could not have gone from concept to skill and evenly mastery; without the environment of GWAMA. All of the teachers work together to help us understand all of what we are doing. GWAMA has very talented CTE teachers and wonderful CTE classes, but what really makes it different is the inclusion of the math and science. Our CTE teachers teach the techniques of their craft and the math and science teachers teach why it works that way.

 WHS CTE/JROTC February Student of the Month

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Hannah Clayton

WHS CTE February Student of the Month

Senior

JROTC

I am Cadet Major Hannah Clayton and I believe I am the perfect candidate for the Student of the Month.  This has been my fourth year being in JROTC and with every year, I learn more and more.  Being in JROTC, not only have I learned about the fundamentals of the army, but I have also learned the importance of the Army Values and applied those to my everyday life.  The Army Values are as follows:  Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  These traits of our nation’s defenders serving in the army have impacted my life greatly and helped me become the woman I am today.

By being in JROTC, I have been given a plethora of opportunities including scholarships, exposure to ROTC instructors from multiple colleges in Texas, attending the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp, and being able to fill scholarship roles by being on staff.  Without this program, I would have never experienced these things and probably would not have chosen the career I am interested in.

After high school I plan on attending Huston-Tillotson University and being in their Honors Program, ROTC Program, and Dual Degree program to receive both my Bachelors in Mathematics and Civil Engineering.  After I earn my degrees, I plan on serving in the Air Force and becoming a pilot.  If I had not been a part of JROTC and had received the support of my instructors, the military would probably not have been my first choice.  JROTC has 100% changed my life for the better.  Due to myself being involved in the PT Team, being in multiple staff positions, and doing loads of community service, I deserve the title of Student of the Month.

 WHS CTE February Student of the Month

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Tira'Keiseya Evans

WHS CTE February Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Education and Training

After I graduate high school, my plan is to attend college so that I can pursue my dream as a neonatal nurse. I have decided to attend Huston-Tillotson because they have a great nursing program and small classroom sizes.  I decided to pursue neonatal nursing because I love science, medicine, and helping other people. Being a neonatal nurse means everything to me because I can give an excessive amount of patience and time that a child will need in the NICU. Most importantly, everything I was taught in my CTE classes will greatly help me apply all the techniques I was taught, such as building a relationship with the child so that the child will have some type of ability to trust me. The CTE classes has helped me to be prepared by properly utilizing knowledge about things that could possibly happen in the medical field.

The academy to me means strength, patience, and guidance. In the academy you have teachers who are willing to apply the necessary knowledge they have been taught and pass it down to us so that we can be prepared for the fields we are going into. I know that sometimes it does get stressful to apply yourself in the academy because of little knowledge we as students have. During my time in the academy my experiences has been pretty wonderful. All my academy teachers have put the thrive in me to better m

My experiences with my teacher have been outstandingly good. Most days in the academy has been straight forward. My teacher has set confidence in me to do whatever it takes to build confidence in me so that I can have a way to cope with things when my job gets extremely difficult. Most of all my teachers have done a fantastic job installing knowledge in me that I should have when stepping into difficult situations because dealing with kids is not easy.

The program has helped me figure out my career plan and the program has also enhanced my knowledge for the field I will be stepping into. Nothing has been easy in the program but it most definitely is worth the effort. The program will help anyone figure out the path they want to take in any field even if it becomes hard. The program has helped me get on the right track so that I can be successful in life and I am very thankful for the CTE program.

 WHS CTE January Student of the Month

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Audri Weaver

WHS CTE Jamuary Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Law and Criminal Justice

My name is Audri Weaver, I am the middle child out of 5 children. I have an older sister, older brother and a younger brother and sister. I’ve always had a passion for criminal justice. When I first got to Waco High, I had no clue what I was doing. I played around a lot my freshman year, and I didn’t care about my academics or anything. After talking to my criminal justice teacher, I quickly got my head on straight, and knew what I wanted to do after graduation.

The moment I got into the criminal justice program, I knew it would hold the job for me. While in this class we did a lot of hands on projects like, holding court cases, and being able to act out different parts of the process. I was the Judge, and my classmates were either the Jury, the Court Reporter, Defense Attorney, Prosecutor or many more options. These are the kinds of projects that kept my interest sparked in the field I hope to go into.

Now that I am taking Court Systems and Practices, and Forensics, I have more knowledge than I could ever have known possible. I love how the two classes tie into each other and really help me learn more about my future career. I am thankful to have been chosen for the Student of the Month. I am also thankful for the knowledge Mr. Baker and my previous teachers have instilled in me.

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 WHS CTE December Student of the Month

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Andrew Acierni

WHS CTE December Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Businesss and Marketing

          I have been a part of the CTE class for one year with Mr. Vergara. This has been an eye-opening experience with this class and I am excited to see where it leads me and help me with my future career; which I was able to find interest in through this class.

          When I started as a freshman at Waco High I was undecided on what I wanted to do in the future. In the beginning I chose business as my endorsement because I figured it was not important and if I needed to, I could change it. I stuck with the business endorsement and by my junior year I started realizing what I wanted to do. The start of my junior year is when I was in Mrs. Johnson’s Sports Marketing Class. A lot of our assignments revolved around making ads and new marketing techniques to show off products and teams. I enjoyed coming up with ads and it seemed like a fun thing to take part in. My senior year is when I became part of Mr. Vergara’s CTE class. One of the first things as part of the class was to interview for positions within the CTE class that ran “The Lions’ Hub”, which is the school store. One of the positions was a Marketing Manager and I knew right away that I was going to go for this job. Sure enough, I got the position and was ecstatic. I worked on advertisements that promoted the school store and even came up with new t-shirt designs. Making custom flyers and making new shirts that people would wear all around the school gave me pride knowing that I was part of creating that. Being part of the school store is the best activity I have been a part of within a class. It was even better because I was able to market the store and the products within which is what I hope to do on a larger scale someday.

            Also being a key leader within the store helped me out greatly. Since I was the marketing manager I was involved with everything that was seen by the public. I decided on how products were set up on the table and pricing of the products. Coming up with prices does not seem like it would be part of marketing, but when you think that prices can drive in customers or drive them away, it is all about how you market it. I also helped come up with designs with new t-shirts, like the Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt. I helped Travis, who developed the shirt, decide what to put on it and how to market it. I would not say I was a leader, but just one of the many individuals that all came together to create new products that would spread the PRIDE of Waco High across town. I truly learned what it was like to work with marketing products and see the effects of it on others. Over the first three months, this class has guided me to what I want to do in college and for the rest of my career in the professional world.

            The CTE class is a phenomenal program that many benefit from. It allows students, like myself, to get hands-on experience in the field they want to participate in. Mr. Vergara, who is my CTE teacher, has quickly become one of my favorite teachers and mentors in this school. Mr. Vergara and the CTE program has helped me and countless others find themselves and figure out what they want to pursue in life.   

 

 WHS CTE November Student of the Month

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WHS CTE November Student of the Month

Stephanie Flores

WHS CTE November Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Arts, AV and Communication

I want to first start off by saying I am very honored to be selected as the Academy of Arts, AV and Communication student of the month. While being in audio/visual production, it has brought out the more creative side of me as well as enhancing my technical skills.  I have learned so much by taking A/V production classes here at Waco High. These classes have introduced me to essential production elements, such as videography, lighting, audio track and editing concepts as well as, writing a script, shooting and editing a video to create a final product with digital audio editing software and various types of equipment.

 

I feel that I have become a more open-minded and outspoken person.  A lot of that is developed while competing with my peers against other students across the state in Skills USA. The experience that I have received here in high school has prepared me for my college career and what direction I want to take my life.  I aspire to be a director like Lee Unkrich, an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios.  I am interested in attending the Los Angeles Film School which is a private film school in California and major in Film Production.

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Melissa Martinez

WHS CTE October Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Health Science (GWAHCA)

Since joining the Greater Waco Advanced Healthcare Academy, I’ve achieved greatly. From earning my CNA certification to training for my EKG and Pharmacy Tech, I have gained so much in just the the first year of attending. It has shown me so many different perspectives and views of the medical field, allowing me to figure out what I know I don’t want to do, to what I might consider in the future. It has given me a foundation to build on, a way to know how I fit in these environments. Starting as only a junior in high school, getting the opportunity to interact and connect with actual patients is truly remarkable. The experience is something serious that can really help anyone, like it did myself, to find their way to their path. It gives you a taste of all the different careers out there that could spark your interest at any time. Whether anyone who attends GWAHCA ends up working in the healthcare field or not, it is still such an amazing and beneficial program to have been a part of. You get actual training for not just becoming a CNA or PCT, but also things that can help you in any setting such as CPR. With the amazing teachers who passionately taught and guided us throughout the year, and the realistic mannequins that allowed us to practice and continue developing our skills, it all helped tremendously. Although only opening its doors a mere four years ago, The Greater Waco Advanced Healthcare Academy is an extremely advantageous program that has helped many on their journey to success in healthcare.  I am very proud to say I have walked into this school and came out with a brain full of knowledge that will only continue to build in these days yet to come.

 WHS CTE September Student of the Month

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WHS CTE September Student of the Month

Angel Garcia

WHS CTE September Student of the Month 

Senior

Academy of Automotive Technology

 

Being in the Automotive program and being a CTE student has changed my personal, student, and professional life. Thanks to the hardworking teachers within the CTE academy and automotive program, I now know the career I want to pursue.

Starting out as a freshman, I was headed down the wrong path. I started skipping school and stopped caring about my grades. The only class I wanted to attend was my automotive class during second period. Throughout the next three years, the CTE academy has laid out a strong academic foundation that turned me into a better student and a better person.

The automotive program has helped me create a strong work ethic that I continue to use on a daily basis. Working on vehicles has taught me to think independently and critically to complete tasks. These skills have become useful in my academic studies and will be continued to use in my future education and career.

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