CTC STUDENTS MOVE ON TO STATE CONTEST
A Careerline Tech Center Agriculture and Animal Science team won second place in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Regional Leadership competition held on February 2. During the conference, students virtually presented to a panel of three judges on the pros and cons of using the feed additive Paylean with pigs. Agriculture and Animal Sciences Instructor for CTC Tony McCaul said while the Leadership Conference was different this year via Zoom, the students remained motivated to perform well and it showed. “Students learned how to communicate and engage with the judges using Zoom instead of a live audience, a valuable skill set they will need for the future,” McCaul said. The winning team consisted of Jordan Beers, Zeeland Public Schools senior, Ellie Brower, a homeschooled junior, senior Rachel Cushway from Coopersville Area Public Schools, junior Madison Mazeikis from West Ottawa Public Schools, Leah Prince a junior from Hamilton Public Schools, Grace TenHaaf a homeschooled junior and Sara Zondervan a Hamilton Public Schools junior.
Fiona McCabe, Graphic Design student at Careerline Tech Center (CTC) and West Ottawa High School junior, designed the winning logo for the West Michigan Student Showcase 2021, an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan held at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon. The logo will be used to brand the event and on all media, printed materials and t-shirts for the event. Sally Salkowski, Graphic Design Instructor for Careerline Tech Center said this design competition is a great real-world challenge for students due to its design requirements. “I’m so proud of all my students who continue to design, create and inspire in light of the very different year they have had,” Salkowski said. McCabe will receive $100.00 and two T-shirts printed with her design printed to use in her portfolio. Showcase 2021 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27.
Since 1981, high school students from Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties have participated. Schools select students for the West Michigan Showcase in the areas of academics, athletics, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts.