Students Excel in CTE Competitions

Superintendent Anna Shepherd discusses regional results from various Career and Technical Education (CTE) competitions.

Shepherd says, “We have the best students and we want to brag on some of those young men and women who participated in performance based regional competitions. These students come from all three high schools and competed in agriculture, technology, carpentry and welding competitions and excelled.”

During the initial year of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at the Floyd County School of Innovation (FCSI), students in the Agriculture pathway have demonstrated numerous career and leadership skills. Three students are Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant recipients. The following students received $500 each to fund their projects: Kaden Lewis – Lawncare Agribusiness; Dakota Stumbo – Beef Cattle Production; and Connor Hall - Beef Cattle Production 

During the Morehead Fall Career Development Event day, the Livestock judging team placed 4th with Kaden Lewis earning an individual 5th place. The horse judging team placed 5th with Lenzie Porter earning an individual 5th place.

Recently at the Morehead Spring Leadership Development Event day, Kaden Lewis placed 2nd with a superior rating in Turf and lawn impromptu and is advancing to state competition in June. Dakota Stumbo placed 3rd in Beef Cattle impromptu with a superior rating. Additionally earning superior ratings were Payton Hansford in AIC Contest, Lenzie Porter in Horse impromptu, and Carter Akers in Fruit and Vegetable impromptu. The following students earned excellent ratings in their categories: Hailey Little, Floral impromptu; Connor Hall, Small Animal impromptu; and Logan Chaffins, FFA Creed speaking.

In March, students in the FCSI Technology Student Association (TSA) participated in the Pigman Regional Competition. TSA is a national student organization created to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as business education. TSA aims to develop leadership, academic and business management skills in the workplace among students and leaders within the community.  

Seventeen students from the School of Innovation competed with over 300 students in our region. Ally Stumbo, senior, placed 1st in photography. Her task was to capture the competition spirit of the day through a series of images. Two teams of four students competed in Digital Video Production.  This event’s participants used video technology to complete a short video to communicate, inform, entertain, or analyze a topic based on the year’s theme, “A Day In the Life…” The team placing 1st with their comedic video of “A Day in The Life of an Engineering Student” consisted of Grant Wright, Adam Artrip, Caidance Mullins, and Reece Hamilton. Max Martin, Dylan Mosley, Dawson Moore and Barrett Hyden made up another team that placed 2nd in the same event.

In February, Floyd County Area Technology Center (ATC) students competed in the 15th Region SkillsUSA Competition on the Mayo Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. In Carpentry 1 competition, Kevin Woods’ students swept the top three spots. Seth McKinney took 1st place.  Alexander Endicott placed 2nd and Angel Harris placed 3rd. Joshua Hamilton placed 1st in Construction Tool Identification. Aiden Bowling, a student in Jimmy Artrip’s Information Technology pathway, placed 1st in Internetworking. Jordan Goble placed 2nd in Welding and Austin Webb placed 2nd in Welding 1. Jordan and Austin are two of Chad Kendrick’s students.  

Superintendent Shepherd comments, “Congratulations to these students for excelling during their competitions. Our CTE students have already learned that doing something shows mastery as much, if not more than a paper and pencil assessment.” Shepherd says, “We are seeing students who are following their dreams in these pathways and others who are exploring as they try to figure out where their passion lies. Experiences like these competitions strengthen student knowledge, give students opportunities to show what they know, and can help guide their futures. We're very proud of these young men and women and appreciate the staff at FCSI and the ATC for giving students amazing opportunities like these.”