Monticello Occupational Education Center (OEC) students traveled to Hot Springs April 14 – 16 to participate in the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization for students preparing for technical, skilled and service occupations in high schools and colleges/technical schools. The event is held annually and is hosted by Arkansas industries and the Arkansas SkillsUSA Organization.
Students from Drew Central High School and Monticello High School that attend the Monticello OEC were chosen by their teacher as an outstanding student and competed in competition areas including Carpentry, Architectural Drafting, Technical Math, Medical Math, CNC Milling, Precision Machining, Welding, Technical Drafting, and Auto Mechanics. A total of 91 schools from across Arkansas competed in 73 different categories.
Students competing included Jose Ambrocio, Brandon Ashcraft, Hannah Bates, Dewanna Bittle, Trey Busch, Cody Curtis, Dustin Davis, Chris Halley, Maggie Hand, Michael Harris, Sam Hickey, Kevin Kamza, Hunter Lackey, Lillian Olivares, Lane Roark, and Cole Wilkerson.
Maggie Hand, a senior from Monticello, won the gold medal placing first in Medical Math and will be attending SkillsUSA National Competitions in June. Jose Ambrocia, a junior from Drew Central, placed 3rd with a bronze medal in Carpentry. Michael Harris, a senior from Monticello, placed second in CNC Milling, winning a silver medal. Trey Busch, a junior from Monticello placed second in Precision Machining with a silver medal and Chris Halley, a senior from Monticello placed third, receiving the bronze medal in Precision machining. Brandon Ashcraft, a senior from Monticello won the Bronze medal with third place in Technical Math.
Students and teachers also enjoyed an evening at Magic Springs theme park, which had been rented for the SkillsUSA contestants.
Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston completed the application process which involved a written application, two letters of recommendation, and an interview. The first step of both awards was too compete against other Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher in the state of Arkansas in April 2013. Both teachers won the award for the FACS Division; this advanced both Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston to the state level where they competed against other CTE teachers in the state of Arkansas. In July 2013, at the Arkansas ACTE conference in Hot Springs, both Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston received the award for the state of Arkansas.
April 10-12, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston attended the Region IV ACTE (Association of Career and Technical Education) in New Orleans, Louisiana. ACTE Region IV is comprised of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas. Besides interviewing for their award, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston presented a total of five presentations to attendees of the conference. During the awards luncheon on Saturday, April 12, Kristal Young was named winner of the Carl Perkins Community Service Award for Region IV. Amber Hairston received the Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year Award for Region IV. Both, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston advance to the National ACTE Conference which will be held in Nashville, TN in November 2014.
State TOC Finals:
Finalist - Readers Theatre
Finalist - Prose - Jasmine Wilkerson
3rd place - Duet Acting - Zach Cason & Mary Kate Jones
2nd place - Mime - Zach Cason, Savannah Reynolds, & David deRueda
2nd place - Improvised Duet Acting - Rian Meeks & Joseph James
Becca Stephenson - prose interpretation
Mary Kate Jones & Erin Ashcraft - mime
Erin Ashcraft & David DeRueda - mime
Elizabeth Wilson - poetry interpretation
Superior and Excellent ratings earned in preliminary rounds:
Levi King - prose
Krystle Conyers - prose
David DeRueda - prose
Becca Stephenson - poetry
Savannah Reynolds - poetry
Erin Ashcraft - storytelling
Salonica Hunter - storytelling
Mary Kate Jones - original oratory
In all forensics tournaments, students from all sizes of schools compete against each other.. Our students were standing on the stage with students from Bentonville, Fayetteville, Cabot, Little Rock, and so many other schools (most are 6A and 7A). We are grateful for the support displayed by Monticello's administration and teachers for this co-curricular competition; we couldn't have this success without you. We appreciate everyone's encouragement.
Hannah Jones, a 10th grade student, attended the National EAST Initiative Conference where over 200 schools meet in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has served two years for EAST Initiative on the documentation team as the main video editor. The team consists of several students selected from an application process out of all the EAST schools. The video shares highlights of the EAST Conference which was held on March 19-21, 2014.
Direct link to youtube video
Results from the Indoor State Track Meet at the U of A Fayetteville for Friday 2/7/14.
Sarah Claycomb- Repeat State Champ in 1600m run and State Champ in the 3200m run
Amari Huitt- 8th 60m-hurdles
Ebonee Farmer- 9th-60m hurdles
4x800m Relay-6th place Team Members: Salonica Hurnter, Christina Bostian, Nina Romero, and Sarah Claycomb
Sr. Boys Team Standing 4th Place overall
Julian Jackson - 5th Pole Vault
Justin Berry - 8th 400m Dash
D’Angelo Banks - 7th - Triple Jump
Terrell Handley - 2nd 60m Dash, 3rd 200m Dash
Jalen Handley - 3rd 60m dash, 4th Long Jump
Quartarius Brown - 4th 200m Dash
4x400m Relay 4th Place
Team Member: D’Angelo Banks, Quartarius Brown, Anthony Milhollen, & Justin Berry
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Monticello High School will be presented a state sportsmanship plaque and banner at the Arkansas Activities Association annual meeting of the governing body. This meeting will be at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, atGo Billies!!!
The Arkansas Department of Education recently congratulated Monticello High School on being selected as a recipient of the 2013/2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $660,000 over the next five years. A review committee of representatives from a variety of agencies, backgrounds and expertise, carefully reviewed each grant application based on completion of the application and response to the grant components. They commended the school district for the excellent proposal submitted. The funds will be used to continue the district’s after-school program in grades 9 – 12.