Indian Capital Technology Center is experiencing another successful year.
Having achieved the Gold Star Standard as a district for a second straight year, ICTC Tahlequah Campus Director Robin Roberts said the local secondary and post-secondary technical school also sent its largest number of qualifiers for national competitions. Twelve students earned trips to national competitions held in Kansas City, Mo., and Orlando, Fla.
“We’ve had a good batch of people qualify nationally,” said Roberts. “We’ve never had that many qualify, from this campus, for nationals before. It was a great year. The instructors are really doing a thorough job, and it’s showing up in some of the their state-level contests.”
By earning a first-place finish in state competition, Adam Wheat (Post-secondary SkillsUSA Welding Sculpture), Chelsea Dorr (Secondary SkillsUSA USA Welding Sculpture), Shelli Rogers (SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication Team Event), Jake Robinson (SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication Team Event), Blake Blakely (SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication Team Event), Hayley Chase (SkillsUSA Job Demonstration Open Competition), and Blake Milam (SkillsUSA Secondary Telecommunications Cabling Competition) traveled to Kansas City for the SkillsUSA Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Milam earned a third-place finish, while Wheat took seventh. Dorr finished 16th, and the team of Rogers, Robinson and Blakely earned a seventh-place finish.
Students who qualified for the national competitions held at the 35th Annual Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are Rebecca Dorlac (Home Health Care), Maegan Blevins (Health Education), Alissa Hadley (Health Education), Amy Michel (CPR/First Aid) and Amanda Blackman (CPR/First Aid). The team of Michel and Blackman finished as runners-up in the CPR/First Aid practical nursing competition while Dorlac earned a top-10 finish.
“It’s a great experience for them, whether they place at nationals or not,” said Roberts. “It gets them over a lot of fears. It broadens their horizons. They make a lot of good contacts while they’re at nationals. It’s surprising how many industry people are there. If [the students are] interested in branching out beyond this region, nationals gives them some good contacts.”
The ICTC director said students achieving success in the classroom and in competitive settings has helped promote ICTC and increase job placement.
“Overall, on our campus, we’ve had great job placement,” Roberts said. “A lot of times, when the students are performing at this level, job placement is not a factor. For them, they have a definite goal in mind, and they usually have a market in mind. They usually have something lined up. It doesn’t even require the teacher to get heavily involved because they’re that on the ball in other areas, as well. We achieved gold star status, which is a pretty high standard for career techs in the state of Oklahoma, and job placement is a factor that has to be extremely high in order to qualify for the gold star standard. It’s quite an honor to achieve that, and that’s something we’ve set as a goal and as a district we’ve achieved that for the last two years.”
Aside from students competing in national events, summer activity on campus include various ongoing adult career education programs and some administrative details, the ICTC director said.
“All of our staff will be training with the comprehensive schools in the new teacher evaluation process. The TLE [Teacher/Leader Effectiveness model],” said Roberts.
“We adopted the Tulsa model, and we have a career tech version. Me and Dan Collins, the campus director from Stilwell, spent three days in the trainer course at Stillwater last week. We customized the Tulsa model to CTE, career tech education. So it now delves into things like lab safety, advisory committees things that are particular just for career tech that the comprehensive teachers don’t have. We had one of the main architects of the Tulsa model there. Gene Clinedinst. He was our facilitator and trainer and helped us to modify that model. So that’s something that we’re ramping up and doing as well just like the comprehensive schools.”
ICTC is also searching for a new heavy equipment teacher after former instructor Ed Roach announced his retirement after 17 years of heavy equipment operation instruction.
The school sent a record number of students to national competitions this past year.
Indian Capital Technology Center is experiencing another successful year.
Red Fern Festival offers family fun
Tahlequah’s Red Fern Festival offers attendees a stroll back in time to old-fashioned family fun.
It’s a way to show children how their great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents lived and played, and tell stories about, “the good ol’ days.” And it’s a way to enjoy what is best about life in Tahlequah, for many folks, including spending quality time as a family, enjoying sunshine, and chatting with old friends and perhaps meeting new ones.
The event, slated for the last weekend in April since 2007, has brought the best of the novel, “Where The Red Fern Grows,” by Wilson Rawls, to downtown, since the movie was filmed here.
Padilla enjoys reconnecting with childhood
As a child spending time at her grandparents’ house, with all her aunts, uncles, and cousins around her, Kerrie (Bosley) Padilla spent endless hours outside playing chase, catching fireflies, or writing and acting out plays.
In 1987, after her dad got out of the Navy, the family moved here from Georgia to be closer to that family: matriarch Dorothy Monzingo, and maternal grandparents Dorothy and Dwight Allen. Her parents, DeAnna and Steve Edwards – as well as a couple of siblings and some aunts, uncles and cousins – still live here.
Eventually, Padilla graduated from Northeastern State University, and then its College of Optometry.
Dream Theatre spotlights songwriters
Dreams can come true for local aspiring songwriters who seek to gain performance experience.
For one young musician, Thursday night was an unexpected dream of discovery, as well.
Two opportunities are available to musicians at the Dream Theatre each month, the new Songwriters’ Showcase which opened Thursday night and Premier Night for musicians who have a few songs or a set, but not a whole show.
In search of the groove that works for The Dream, Manager Larry Clark is partnering with Blake Turner, Lakes Country operation manager.
The Songwriters’ Showcase, which will continue the third Thursday of the month in conjunction with Tahlequah Main Street Association’s Third Thursday Art Walk downtown, features seasoned performers who can share some of their personal insights into the how, when and why of their songwriting experiences.
Dream, Brewdog’s to host music festivals
One sign of spring’s arrival is the scheduling of music festivals, and 10 bands will visit a Tahlequah venue May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day.
Conference attendees get words of encouragement
Words of encouragement and door prizes were bountiful Saturday morning at the annual Zoë Institute’s Women’s Conference.
Ten women shared words of wisdom in areas from happiness to health, and 100 gifts were given out, including the grand prize of gasoline for a year.
Panelists discuss impact of Southeastern art
Until recently, most people had a certain expectation of American Indian art – and it didn’t include images familiar to people in and around Cherokee County.
“A lot of times, when people think about Native art, they immediately think of Plains art or Southwestern art,” said Roy Boney (Cherokee), Tahlequah artist and moderator of the panel discussion “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness,” held Friday, April 11, at the NSU Symposium on the American Indian.
Boney and the other panelists are frustrated by the divide between mainstream expectations of Native American art and their need for genuine self-expression.
Dickerson believes in putting the student first
As a child growing up in Elk City, Cherokee Elementary teacher Debra Dickerson lined up the neighborhood children and animals to play school.
“I’ve been a teacher ever since I could talk. My mother always said she knew where I was because she could hear me bossing everyone,” she said.
The classroom then was a blanket tossed over limbs of her big cherry tree on Eisenhower Street. Recess was spent tree-climbing, running, riding in the bus (her red wagon) and being creative.
“Those were the days before video games and TV,” she said.
Dickerson, 2013-’14 Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, believes a classroom should be a safe haven for children, because school is often the best part of their day.
Cleaning things up
Lowrey was part of the Cherokee Nation’s Career Service Center contingency of 11 volunteers. Other volunteers cleaned up trash along the roadway from the Cherokee Casino to the NSU campus.
Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9
While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.
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