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Month: April 2018

Mikale Walls Heading to Nationals for FBLA

Mikale Walls Heading to Nationals for FBLA

Members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from North Technical High School recently traveled to Springfield, MO for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. This five-day conference, beginning Friday, April 6, featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students.

New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like Discovering Your Passion and Maximizing LinkedIn, and a brand new interactive conference mobile application.

Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with over 150 business education related contests running during the event; contest topics range from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development.

North Tech’s Mikale Walls placed 2nd in Networking Concepts, qualifying him to compete at Nationals in Baltimore, MD from June 28-July.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501©3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.

Hotel Management Students Job Shadow at LHM Hotels

LHM Hotels hosted our Hospitality and Hotel Management students last week for a full day of shadowing in their Westport Plaza properties. Managers in 6 departments at the Sheraton Westport Plaza, Sheraton Westport Chalet, and the Doubletree by Hilton St. Louis spent up to an hour showing our students the inner workings of their day to day operations. Students were able to shadow Front Desk Operations, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, Events, Sales, and Human Resources. At the end of the day, students were invited to observe the weekly operations meeting in which the coming week’s business is discussed and coordinated.

Jim Grant, Human Resources Director for LHM and an advisory board member for North Tech’s program, made this visit possible. “We enjoyed being able to host the students as well as giving them the opportunity to shadow our managers in hopes of encouraging future hotel leaders,” he said. LHM owns 19 hotels in the St. Louis market, meaning our students have several options to consider. “This is a great local opportunity for our students with excellent job growth opportunities in the future,” said program instructor Chris Palladino.

Lexee Johnson, a Hospitality and Hotel Management student, enjoyed the experience saying “I felt like it really helped us gain more insight about the different departments of the hotel.” Student Adryanna Newsome may have found her department of interest through the visit noting that she most enjoyed shadowing the front desk operations. “What I liked most about what I observed is the front desk agents’ relationships with the guests. The front desk agents were able to joke, entertain, and please the guests just by sharing common opinions or interests,” she said.

Palladino plans to continue incorporating immersion activities like this into the curriculum. The hospitality industry includes event planning and event marketing, both of which are also incorporated into daily hotel operations. This was evident to Johnson when she noted the collaboration required among departments during the operations meeting. “I really enjoyed being able to sit in on the operations meeting as well. It was really neat to see how all of the different areas of the hotel were pulling together to make events as perfect for their guests as possible,” she said.

Students interested in applying for the Hospitality and Hotel Management program can do so here: http://northtechnical.org/application/.

Alumnus Naton Smith Excels at TSU

Alumnus Naton Smith Excels at TSU

Naton Smith is making his mark at Tennessee State University.  In his first semester, he has excelled in the Honor’s College by maintaining a 3.81 grade point average while participating in the Men’s Center, intramural basketball, and developing his own clothing line.  Smith plans to study physical therapy after completing his undergraduate studies.  TSU recently published a profile on Smith, spotlighting him as one of their stand out students.  The profile can be seen here: http://tnstatenewsroom.com/archives/21194.

During a quick Q & A with Smith, who graduated near the top of his class, the busy freshman shared some memories about his experiences at North Tech and how they prepared him for the rigor of college coursework at TSU.

North Tech:  How many years did you attend North Tech and what were your CTE courses?

Smith:  I attended North Tech for three years:  One year of Sophomore Career Exploration, one year of Business, and one year of Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy (PPHSA).

North Tech:  How did your classes prepare you for college?

Smith:  North Tech prepared me to the fullest for my college courses, especially my PPHSA class and anatomy class.  Both gave me a jump start on my college science classes.

North Tech:  How did you determine your college major?

Smith:  I determined my major because I wanted to be close to sports.  I played soccer, basketball, and baseball in high school.  In addition, I competed in track.  So I wanted a major that would keep me close to sports.

North Tech:  What are some of your best memories of North Tech?

Smith:  1) Senior Night of Basketball, 2) Winning Prom King, 3) Getting a gold card in Renaissance

North Tech Students are Champions at Work

North Tech Students are Champions at Work

North Tech students did a great job competing in this week’s SkillsUSA competitions held in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Linn, MO.  Students competed in both hands-on and leadership contests.  Naomi Saldana won first place in the technical information contest in cosmetology and several of our students earned top 10 honors.

SkillsUSA sponsor, Jeff Chandler, was very impressed by our competitors saying, “I could not be more proud of the outstanding group of students that represented North Technical High School at the Skills USA State Competition.  Our students exemplified every quality that the organization promotes.  Thanks again to all of them for being such strong ambassadors for North Tech!”

Congratulations to our students, their instructors, and all of our SkillsUSA sponsors. A complete list of the winners is below. Photos from the competition can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XseqLI0jIuuPjmyH3. We will continue to add photos to the gallery as they are made available. This is TECH!

SkillsUSA Leadership & Hands-On Contest Results

Vincent Brown Carpentry 3
Erick Hernandez Team Works 11
Naomi Saldana Cosmetology 3 Cosemtology Tech Info 1
William Conner Diesel Equipment Technology 13
Jack Dietrich Diesel Equipment Technology 14
Matt Ledbetter Diesel Equipment Technology 17
Kobe Dozier Team Works 11
Romello Baldwin Firefighting 7
Joanna Gilliland T-Shirt Design 3
Ryan Maniaci Building Repair Technology 4
Keishawn Outlaw Team Works 11
Christopher Pierce Team Works 11
Breanna Fry Nurse Assisting Tech Info 20
Maleah Lucas Nurse Assisting 7 Nurse Assisting Tech Info 23
Dieynaba Sam Nurse Assisting Tech Info 27
Kane Balsamo CNC Milling 8
Hillary Fadojutimi Automated Manufacturing 5
Matthew Martin CNC Tech 4
Carlos Moreland Automated Manufacturing 5
Kanaan Sullivan Automated Manufacturing 5
Ciara Brothers Web Design 4
Deja Taylor-Jackson Web Design 4
David Weeden Job Interview 16
Anthony Brooks Criminal Justice 14
Kenneth Kaiser Criminal Justice 12
Samantha Tiemann Criminal Justice 10
Dejah Moore Crime Scene Investigation 11
Ramiah Mcjames Crime Scene Investigation 11
Alyssa Robinson Crime Scene Investigation 11
1st Place AGAIN at the Culinary Cook-Off Competition

North Technical High School Culinary Arts students were awarded 1st place for the third year in a row at the annual Culinary Cook-Off competition at Forest Park Community College on Friday, April 20th. This is the 11th year of the competition, is co-sponsored by Explore St. Louis.

Similar to the format of competition based programs like “Iron Chef”, high school competitors have two hours to both develop recipes for and produce an appetizer, salad, and entree.  Jada Addison and fellow team members Kristal Davis, Tramell Le`Flore, Shannon Robinson, and Shawne Smith worked together to earn the Levy Cup.   Their winning meal included a salad with goat cheese, fresh berries, and pancetta, gougères stuffed with pork tenderloin, and a sweet and sour lemon salmon served with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

Program instructor Wayne Gerler was proud of his team’s performance.  Students were required to audition to be on the team and the final members were announced just two days prior to the competition.  “We have a lot of talented students this year,” said Gerler, referencing the difficulty in making his final selections.  “I can’t wait to see what the future brings for these students,” he said, “I hope to watch them on Food Network someday!”

St Louis Post Dispatch Food critic Daniel Newan, who also judged the event, shared a story about the cook-off in this weekend’s Lifestyles section, here: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/north-tech-outcooks-the-competition—-again/article_248b3f6c-2a89-518a-9365-8890ed7f8155.html.

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