SVUSD Career Technical Newsletter – Winter 2017

Rancho Santa Margarita Wins in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Competitions
On February 25th students from RSM’s  FCCLA attended a competition held at Aliso Niguel High School with their teacher, Rhonda Nelson. Seven of the FCCLA members qualified to compete at the state finals in April!
The FCCLA state finals were held in Riverside from April 8th to April 11th. At these state finals the winners were:
Emma Kammerer – State Finalist Plaque
Sai Kotapati – State Finalist Plaque
Brenden Lawton – State Finalist Plaque

Sophia Dove – First Place Trophy + State Finalist Plaque

Hannah Comroe – First Place Trophy + State Finalist Plaque
Elly Efe – State Finalist Plaque
Emily Rose Herron – Second Place Trophy + State Finalist Plaque
Noah Lima – Third Place Trophy + State Finalist Plaque

Kryshia Artienda – Second Place Trophy + State Finalist Plaque

Rachel Johnson

Saddleback Community College’s Automotive Program Recognized by Orange County Register
On April 20th Saddleback College celebrated National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day.  Twenty students from Patrick Sullivan’s Laguna Hills High School auto classes participated.
The community college was among hundreds of colleges and universities who hosted a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day, which coincided with Earth Day and is designed to educate the public about the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.  One of SVUSD students, Justin Marsh from Laguna Hills High School was interviewed for the article.  The entire article can be read here

Laguna Hills High School Pre-Apprenticeship Auto Program Launches Students To Careers
During the first year of this new program, students in Patrick Sullivan’s class have experienced tremendous success. Four students have become employed  by the businesses where they were interning.
  • Gerardo Salgado-Gonzalez is employed at Excel Auto Care of El Toro Rd. This business specializes in high-end custom work.
  • Daniel Le is employed at WTC Motorsports in Mission Viejo that does high-end service work for European vehicles.
  • Quentin Gould will resume training as an employee after summer break at Euro Tech in Mission Viejo.
  • Jair Sturgeon obtained an entry-level position at A-Z Auto Tech in Mission Viejo.
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School Hosts and Wins Big at Student Television Network (STN) Convention
  After three years of participation in the STN Convention, Paul Treibel’s video students were asked to  host  the April 2017 convention in Anaheim which attracted over 3,000 middle and high school students from across the nation.  The 15 RSM film/video students were recognized at the first night ceremony for being the host school.
This year, RSM was joined by teams from Mission Viejo High School (John Harnack advisor) and Trabuco Hills High School (Josh Taylor advisor).
The intermediate school students shined in the competition:

  • RSM – 1st Place – Anchor Team
  • RSM – 3rd Place – Movie Trailer
  • RSM – 3rd Place – Convention Re-cap
  • RSM – Honorable Mention – Middle School News Magazine Show
Los Alisos STEM Class Wins the Fluor Engineering Challenge for the Second Year
In March, Sean Fletcher’s STEM students from Los Alisos were treated to a visit by five young Fluor corporation engineers who told their stories and encouraged the students to keep exploring STEM.  A few weeks later these mentors watched as Los Alisos entered the Engineering Challenge and was one of the ten $1,000 award winners from more than 1,000 submissions around the globe. Los Alisos had three entries and the winning team (Raindrop) consisted of Joseph Heredia, Jake O’Brien, and Prisma Ayala. The letter from the Fluor Corporation follows:
Thanks to everyone at Los Alisos Intermediate for the time and planning you invested in this year’s Fluor Engineering Challenge.  We look forward to learning more about the innovative ways your students approached the Follow the Flow project, employed the engineering design process, and built a smart solution. As you may know, Fluor has celebrated Engineers Week for nearly 50 years, and through the Fluor Engineering Challenge we’ve been excited to share an engaging, hands-on experience inspired by real-world engineering challenges and adapted for use by local classrooms or community organizations.  
Los Alisos, La Paz and El Toro Participate in Vital Link VEX Competition, Big Wins for Los Alisos
For the second year, SVUSD joined the VEX robotics competition at the STEM & the Arts Showcase hosted by Vital Link.  This year Los Alisos (with advisor Sean Fletcher) scored two major wins:
  • The 8th grade team consisting of Cindy Ortiz, Penny Kraus and Michelle Rodriguez earned 1st place!
  • The 7th grade team consisting of Donovan Flores, Jordan Bautista and Jahir Montes de Oca earned 2nd place!
SVUSD High School Photo/Graphics/Animation Classes Enter the STEM & the Arts Showcase
El Toro High School, Mission Viejo High School and Trabuco Hills High School entered photography, graphic design and animation items into the STEM and the Arts Showcase Digital Media Arts Competition. Entries were sent from middle and high schools throughout Orange County with winners selected on April 23rd.
Winners by Category included:
Digital Photography:

  • Semi-Finalist: Griffin Wilsey, MVHS
  • Semi-Finalist: Frank Helmstetter, MVHS

Digital Illustration/Graphic Design:

  • 2nd Place: Nick Ruiz, THHS
  • 3rd Place: Christina Tanner, THHS

2D/3D Animation:

  • 1st Place: Jesse Van Norman, THHS
  • 2nd Place: Stephanie Burdick, ETHS
  • 3rd Place: Gavin Rimmer, ETHS
  • Semi-Finalist: Declan Ralph, ETHS
Three El Toro Students Win in the Dream Career Competition

Throughout the year students are invited to enter the Vital Link Dream Career Competition. Their entry includes a photo of the student demonstrating their “Dream Career” and a 200 word essay describing the photo and why this is their dream career.  Three students in the Graphics, Animation and Multimedia category from Maria Nadal’s classes at El Toro High School won the top prizes:

  • Grand Prize – Dana Lee
  • Second Place – Samuel Flores
  • Third Place – Cole Torres
Mission Viejo High School Student Recognized for his Accomplishments at Vital Link VIP Celebration

Accompanied by his mother, father and teacher advisor, Thomas Stringer from Mission Viejo High School stepped up to the podium and accepted the prestigious award for his efforts in starting a robotics club to compete in the UCI Rescue Robotics Competition with a drone and a ground robot.

  All SVUSD Intermediate Schools and High Schools Treated to a Day of STEM Related Exhibits
 Vital Link brings their Career Exploration Center to schools to experience various STEM areas such as robotics, engineering, medical, optics, culinary arts, product design, solar energy, advanced manufacturing and automotive.  Students rotated through the 11 exhibits which were discussed by college students or graduates. At each secondary school over 800 students learned about these STEM careers.
CTE Students Head Off on Many Great Field Trips
  • Kris Velasquez took students from his Laguna Hills High School video classes to visit Red Camera.  Red Camera is noted as being a state of art system today in video production.
  • Darin Petzold invited Serrano STEM students to the Fleet Science Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park to explore the exhibits and see the new movie “Dream Big: Engineering Your World.”  The movie highlighted women engineers who helped build structures for residents of third world countries. Earlier in the year, the STEM class toured the LA Science Center to see the 3D video, Pixar Exhibit and Endeavor Exhibit.
  • Agriculture students from Mission Viejo High School visited the Natural History Museum and the Safari Park to further their knowledge about related careers (Cherie Shook and Amanda Adams, teachers).
  • Digital Media Arts students from El Toro High School (Maria Nadal) and Trabuco Hills High School (Tracy Fanelli) visited Blizzard Entertainment  for a behind the scenes tour of game design.  The El Toro students also visited Eon Reality for presentations and a tour of the facility that specializes in virtual reality and artificial reality.
  • La Paz STEM students had a job shadow day visiting Toyota Racing Development with Joella Russert, while RSM and Serrano STEM students attended the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth Education Services (YES) program to learn about STEM related careers.