NINETEEN GPTC STUDENTS QUALIFY TO COMPETE AT WORLD OR NATIONAL CAREER TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION CONTESTS

Great Plains students (l-r) Tony Ponce, John Todd Wallace, Francesca Young, Austin Nguyen and Andrew Gonzales qualified to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship

Still standing!  Nineteen Great Plains Technology Center students qualified to compete at national or world Career Technology Student Organization skills and leadership contests.  Qualifiers got to this point by winning at district, regional or state competitions.  Five Pre-Engineering students competed for the VEX Robotics World Championships.  Great Plains VEX team was one of only 60 teams (out of more than 800 teams) that qualified to compete for the VEX Award of Excellence.  Great Plains VEX Robotics competitors are John-Todd Wallace, Tony Ponce, Andrew Gonzales, Austin Nguyen and Franchesca Young.

Three members of Great Plains Business Professionals of America (BPA) will compete May 9-13 at BPA’s national contest in Dallas.  Jason Nayak and Bryan Lavender will compete in Computer Security and Michele Pierce will compete in Graphic Design Promotion.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will take the spotlight on June 27-30—competing at nationals that will also be held in  Dallas.

HOSA students and their contests are: Jennifer Sengstock and Christina Lee—Surgical Technology CERT Team; Alyssia Penstock-Owen and Vickie Larson, Veterinary Science;  Patricia Meza, Clinical Specialty and Cassandra McWhorter and Elizabeth Dodd, Surgical Technology Forensic Medicine Team.

The Skills USA National contest will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 25-29.  Lilly Conn and Terrance Hooks will represent Oklahoma and Great Plains in Computer Internetworking and Collision Damage Appraisal respectively.

The Family Care and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will wrap up the national contests on June 28-July 2.  Amira Trim and Arnold Farias will represent Oklahoma in Applied Math for Culinary Management.

About 150 Great Plains students began the contest season earlier this year by competing at the local or district levels.