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    Research shows a growing need to think outside of the traditional four-year degree.  

    Jobs for the Future (JFF) and American Student Assistance (ASA)’s white paper, “Degrees of Risk: What Gen Z and Employers Think About Education-to-Career Pathways…and  How Those Views are Changing”, illustrates the shifting perceptions of alternative credentials

    • When trying to determine their next steps after graduation, Generation Z youth are becoming increasingly wary of the cost and time to complete a traditional four-year degree. Almost 86 percent of learners today receive financial aid; the average student loan balance accumulated over four years ranges from $25,880 to $107,520. Knowing this, they are open to the idea of non-degree pathways and credentials to help build job readiness skills in order to accelerate their timelines for entering the workforce. 
    • Employers who are willing to look outside of the traditional four-year degree are looking for a certain threshold of experience (typically measured in years) to satisfy skill requirements. This could suggest that potential candidates who have completed an apprenticeship or work-based learning have an advantage over traditional college applicants who may not yet have accumulated work experience.

    For employees, alternative credentials may have a return on investment that is competitive with the traditional degree track.

    The Midwest Economic Policy Institute co-authored “Apprenticeship as a Career Development Alternative” with the University of Illinois’ Labor and Employment Relations division to examine registered apprenticeship programs in the state of Wisconsin. The report analyzes enrollment, hours worked, and wages earned by learners, to demonstrate the market value of alternative credentials when learners are considering their postsecondary options. 

    • Wages earned by workers who have achieved journey-level experience start at $67,200 annual salary, on par with annual earnings for workers with bachelor’s degrees.
    • The average construction worker who completes an apprenticeship program in Wisconsin earns 33 percent more than the average worker with an associate degree. These wages are only 3 percent less than the average worker with a bachelor’s degree and avoid incurring $27,100 in student debt, the average loan burden for graduating seniors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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    New Inductees

    Seniors 2023

    CTE Director Mr. Hart  Mrs. Henry, Arianna, Brandon Rodriguez  Ceremony GB, ALG, GG

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    NTHS Officers 2023

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    NTHS 2022 Induction

    The LCHS SkillsUSA Chapter has spent the past three days at the 2022 SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference & Competition in Greensboro.
    The LCHS Chapter was one of six schools in the state recognized with the Quality Chapter Award!
    Kassidy Gross was elected to be a North Carolina SkillsUSA State Officer for the 2022-23 year.
    Thank you Mr. Martin for pushing her to pursue this leadership position!  
    All of the students in attendance performed admirably and many placed high enough to take the stage and win an award!
    The list of these accolades is below.
    Gillian Garrison and Will Laudate placed 1st in a national level competition which means they will now move on to represent North Carolina at the SkillsUSA National Conference in June!
    Please take a moment to congratulate these students next week if you see them!
    Thank you to Mr. Garner, Mrs. Henry, Mr. Frye, and Mr. Martin for being great advisors and striving to support our SkillsUSA students in so many ways each and every day! 
    1st place - Mobile Robotics: Gillian Garrison & Will Laudate 
    1st place - Automotive Tool ID: Rebecca Velasquez 
    1st place - SkillsUSA Creed: Thomas Perry
    2nd place - Mobile Robotics: Malina Griffin & Cayla Roche
    3rd place - Extemporaneous Speaking: Timothy Johnson
    3rd place - Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue: Stephon Stradford & Keaton Haas
    4th place - T-Shirt Design: Will Smith 
    5th place - Additive Manufacturing: Claudia Lasater & Miya Smith
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    I wanted to take a minute to share with you how our students did at the DECA State Competition this past weekend. There were 2,800 students registered to compete from across the state. 

    We had a great showing for Southern Lee High School. Our students performed at an incredibly high level and represented Southern Lee wonderfully in all areas! 

    17 of our 18 students received a proficiency pin for each of their events. 

    We had ten students placed top in the state for their events. These students will be competing at the International level in Atlanta, GA in April.

    They are:

    Justin Cleary - 2nd Place - Professional Selling

    Clark Poston - 4th Place - Professional Selling

    Davis Lundy - 4th Place- Financial Consulting 

    Carly Hegwer - 5th Place Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling 

    Kambell Beasely and Elise Stallings - 7th Place-  Independent Business Plan

    Caroline Cummings - 7th Place Financial Consulting

    Priyanna Tabon - 8th Place - Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event

    Reagan Braren and Graysen Fraley - 8th Place - Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service 


    If you see any of the students that competed this past weekend please congratulate them for a great showing and representation for our school!




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    Davis Lundy - 4th Place- Financial Consulting 

    K. Beasley E.Stallings

    Kambell Beasely and Elise Stallings - 7th Place-  Independent Business Plan                                  

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    Priyanna Tabon - 8th Place - Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event
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    Reagan Braren and Graysen Fraley - 8th Place - Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service
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                 Justin Cleary - 2nd Place - Professional Selling          
    C. Poston
                  Clark Poston - 4th Place - Professional Selling
    C. Cummings
    Caroline Cummings - 7th Place Financial Consulting
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    Unlocking Potential: A State Policy Roadmap

    College in high school programs help learners prepare for postsecondary education by allowing them to earn credits towards a postsecondary degree in high school. However, learners with disabilities are often excluded from these opportunities. This resource from the College in High School Alliance builds upon its state policy roadmap to illustrate how state leaders can expand access to college in high school programs for learners with disabilities. The report is organized around six key policy area: Equity goal and public reporting; program integrity and credit transfers; finance; course access and availability; instructor capacity; and navigational supports. 



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    Legislative Update: Hearing on Education Budget and Updates from Departments of Education and Labor


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    Challenges & Opportunities to Improving Youth Apprenticeship Data Quality: Reflections from the PAYA Data Work Group

    Apprenticeship in the United States is an under-utilized but promising education and employment strategy — particularly for youth whose connections to college and paid work are even more tenuous due to the COVID-19 economic crisis. In 2018, New America launched the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), a national network of partners (including Advance CTE), states, local intermediaries and philanthropies to define and scale up high-quality youth apprenticeships nationwide. In just a couple short years, the network has made incredible progress, sowing the seeds for future programs.

    But through all of this work, data quality has emerged as a persistent challenge for states as well as local intermediaries. Improving the quality and availability of youth apprenticeship data can help PAYA network partners evaluate program quality, address gaps in equitable access and outcomes, and make the case for further investment in youth apprenticeship. But building the infrastructure to collect, validate, warehouse and analyze youth apprenticeship data can be costly and time intensive. 

    To dig deeper into this challenge, Advance CTE and New America organized a practitioner workgroup on youth apprenticeship data quality in early 2020. The workgroup met several times throughout 2020 to discuss the following questions: 

    • What common challenges do states and intermediaries face in collecting, validating and using youth apprenticeship data? 
    • What are effective strategies to build a high-quality youth apprenticeship data infrastructure at the state and local level? 

    The workgroup’s conclusions are summarized in a new report, Improving Youth Apprenticeship Data Quality: Challenges and Opportunities. The report addresses five challenges with improving youth apprenticeship data quality and several promising strategies to mitigate data roadblocks: 

    1. Determining what to measure: Some states have taken the guesswork out of data collection by establishing statewide business rules for collecting youth apprenticeship information. But in others, local intermediaries are left to their own devices, leading to inconsistencies in how youth apprenticeship data is collected. State and local leaders should work to develop and adopt consistent definitions and business rules for collecting for youth apprenticeship data. 
    2. Clarifying roles and responsibilities: Another challenge is clarifying who is collecting what data in the first place. Because youth apprenticeship involves partnerships across the K-12, postsecondary and workforce systems — with state agencies, intermediary organizations and employers in the mix — clarifying roles and responsibilities for collecting and sharing data early on is important. Local intermediaries can coordinate this process, ensuring all partners are aware of their responsibilities. 
    3. Building the infrastructure: Collecting and warehousing data can require costly technology. Building out an entire data system before launching a new youth apprenticeship program might not be feasible, but state and local leaders should establish systems and processes at the beginning that can be scaled easily. They can also leverage existing systems — such as student information systems housed at the school district or college — or develop new tools to minimize the data collection burden on educators and employers. 
    4. Accessing data: Privacy rules, data transfer limitations and incompatible data systems can, at times, limit access to data for youth apprenticeship participants. To ensure that all relevant partners can access the data they need, intermediary organizations should establish data sharing agreements that specify what information will be shared and in what format as well as the process and frequency for sharing this information. States can facilitate this process by developing local data sharing templates and demystifying rules and regulations for data sharing. 
    5. Scaling and sustaining: Finally, the workgroup elevated challenges with bringing data collection processes to scale as youth apprenticeship programs expand statewide. State leaders play an important role in supporting the sustainability and scale of youth apprenticeship programs by streamlining data collection processes, integrating youth apprenticeship data into existing state databases, providing sustainable funding, and offering professional development opportunities to build the capacity of frontline actors. 


    Data is rarely among the first priorities in setting up a new youth apprenticeship program, but it should be. With reliable and valid youth apprenticeship data, states and local intermediaries can help scale quality programs that expand college and career options for high school students and meet the training needs of employers and industry.. The report Improving Youth Apprenticeship Data Quality: Challenges and Opportunities outlines the most common barriers to improving youth apprenticeship data quality and provides actionable recommendations for states and local intermediaries to strengthen the reliability, validity and use of their data. 

    Austin Estes, Manager of Data & Research, Advance CTE


    Challenges & Opportunities link




    Improving Youth Apprenticeship Data Quality: Challenges and Opportunities

    One of the biggest challenges that states and local intermediaries face in setting up and scaling high-quality youth apprenticeships is gathering relevant, accurate and actionable data. High-quality data is an essential ingredient for a strong youth apprenticeship program because it equips state and local leaders to evaluate impact, monitor equity, identify best practices, and make the case for youth apprenticeships to employers and learners.

    This report summarizes the discussions of the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship's (PAYA) Data Quality Workgroup. The workgroup was convened by Advance CTE and New America in 2020 to discuss challenges and opportunities for using data to improve quality and equity in youth apprenticeship. The report addresses the most urgent youth apprenticeship data quality challenges and describes the roles that state leaders, local intermediaries, and education and employer partners can play in improving the quality and use of data. It also identifies high-impact strategies for using youth apprenticeship data to advance quality and equity and provides next steps for the field.


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     In the Age of Coronavirus, Career-Tech Ed is More Important than Ever

    Career Technical Education (CTE) is more important than ever in today’s rapidly changing world. Former CTE students are heroes serving on the front lines during this global pandemic. They are healthcare workers pulling 16-hour shifts and treating our loved ones. They are manufacturing employees working tirelessly to provide life-saving supplies to hospitals, senior care facilities and grocery stores. They are educators delivering the best education possible to their students online. They are scientists racing to find a vaccine. And they are transportation, distribution, and logistics professionals working day and night so that we all have the supplies we need.

    At the same time, 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in only a few weeks, a number we have not seen since the Great Depression and which is guaranteed to rise. In light of the realized and forecasted economic downturn, we must act swiftly to mitigate employment and economic disruptions, particularly for the most vulnerable, while also preparing a talent pipeline for industries that are in high demand and most impacted.

    Coronavirus has shined a light on and amplified a whole host of challenges. One of these is the nation’s digital divide, which has been elevated due to the growing reliance on distance learning. States, schools and colleges need additional funding for the digital and physical infrastructure necessary to rapidly transition classroom experiences into quality, online education. For CTE programs, the switch to online learning can be particularly challenging as programs work to incorporate the real-world experiences and hands-on learning typically associated with many CTE classes. There are several worthy solutions, including taking advantage of technologies like augmented and virtual reality, but they come at a steep price. That’s exactly why additional federal investments are so important: we need to make cutting edge learning approaches available to ensure learners can gain and demonstrate technical competencies that are critical for their career success both now and in the future, including in fields that are crucial to beating back the ongoing pandemic. Further, instructors, who have borne the brunt of a swift and completely unanticipated shift to online education need professional development to support their evolving responsibilities.

    Looking ahead to the economic aftermath of the Coronavirus, there will be significant demands by learners of all ages for fast but quality upskilling and reskilling programs that result in careers with family-sustaining wages. This requires CTE programs, especially at the postsecondary level, to be nimble and proactive but they must also be proven. During the last recession, college enrollment increased by nearly 2.5 million students or 16 percent. The increase was largely due to nontraditional aged college students, and 50 percent of the new enrollments went to community colleges. A similar trend can be expected with the current predicted economic downturn. Importantly, we must ensure that additional federal resources to community and technical colleges and area CTE centers are at least proportional to this growth so that the most vulnerable learners have the full array of supports needed to regain their educational and economic footing. Additional federal investments targeted at wraparound services will help give learners the greatest chance at success and should address food and housing insecurity, financial aid flexibility, transportation, child care, and job search assistance.

    While we do not yet know the long-term impact this pandemic will have on our nation, what we do know is that education, especially CTE, will be at the center of rebuilding our economy and the lives of many Americans. As Congress considers how best to address this ongoing tragedy, innovation and investment in our education and workforce systems will help foster a more equitable and accessible path forward that meets the needs of a rapidly evolving workplace and world.

     Source: medium.com/@AdvanceCTE


    CTE Delivers for students:

    Real options for students for college and rewarding careers

    • CTE programs allow students to explore a range of options for their future - inside and outside of the classroom.
    • Through CTE, students can start their path toward a career that they are passionate about, while earning valuable experience, college credits and more.
    • CTE students are more likely to have a post-high school plan - including college - than other students; just 2% of CTE students say they "don't know" what they will do after high school.

    Real-world skills for students

    • CTE is a unique opportunity for hands on learning - putting students at the center of the action.
    • CTE provides the skills and confidence students need to pursue career options, discover their passions and get on a path to success.
    • Students in CTE programs and their parents are three times as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their and their children's ability to learn real-world skills as part of their current education compared to parents and students not involved in CTE.

    Real middle and high school experience with more value for students

    • CTE programs are a part of middle and high school - students can participate in CTE and the other activities they enjoy, such as sports, the arts or whatever else their friends are doing.
    • CTE takes students even further during their high school experience - providing opportunities for specialized classes, internships, and networking with members of the community.
    • Students in CTE programs and their parents are twice as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their high school education experience compared to prospective CTE students and their parents.






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    Twenty-nine LCHS SkillsUSA members along with advisors Tony Martin, Anderson Frye, Chris Garner, Jamie Henry, and myself traveled to FTCC to compete in the 2020 SkillsUSA South Central Regional Conference. Out of the 29 attendees I can proudly say that 26 of them performed well enough to make the stage and receive a medal. Harleigh Austin and Katelyn Scheller both helped lead the event as South Central Regional Officers and did an outstanding job on stage. We are very proud of all of the competitors and they are all champions in our eyes. We are also excited to say that all of these competitors are eligible to compete at states in April. The brick/block laying portions of the masonry contests were held here on campus on Wednesday of this week as well and Mr. Garner worked hard to make this event go off without a hitch. The list of accolades is below. 
    Urquilla, Timothy 1st Additive Manufacturing
    Spitler, Carter 1st Additive Manufacturing
    Chandler, Taylor 1st Chapter Display
    Clark, Holly 1st Chapter Display
    Spartz, Sarah 1st Chapter Display
    Nunnery, Morrissa 1st Commercial Baking
    Primo, Brian 1st Information Technology Services
    Griffin, Malina 1st Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue
    Roethlisberger, Charlotte 1st Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue
    Velasquez Noyola, Carlos 2nd Automotive I
    Noyola-Luviano, Diego 2nd Automotive Service Technology
    Alvarez Gama, Josue 2nd Mobile Robotics
    De Lira, Brian 2nd Mobile Robotics & 2nd Skills Project Showcase Engineering
    Smith, William 2nd Pin Design
    Norwood, Caleb 2nd Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue
    Wakefield, Ethan 2nd Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue
    Lino, De'Angelo 2nd Skills Project Showcase Engineering
    Nicolas, Patricia 3rd Masonry 1
    Shelton, Josephine 3rd Masonry
    Scheller, Katelyn 3rd Prepared Speech
    Crowder, Christopher 4th Automotive Service Technology
    Tran, Stephanie 4th Masonry I
    Hernandez Velasquez, Kennedy 5th Automotive 1
    Austin, Harleigh 5th Automotive Tool ID
    Pickard, David 5th Masonry
    Gross, Kassidy 5th Skills Project Showcase Carpentry

    Katherine Myers 1st Masonry Bulletin Board

    Skills regionals 2020

    Stem Club

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    LCHS NAF AOHT kickball game participants

    LCHS NAF AOHT kickball game participants








    The LCHS FFA chapter had a great time during the last three days at the 91st North Carolina State FFA Convention in Raleigh, NC. Leanna Boggs, Lyndy Boggs, Katie Myers and Abby Baker received their North Carolina State FFA Degrees. The State Degree is the highest honor the North Carolina FFA Association can bestow upon a member. Katie Kelly was recognized as a candidate for her American FFA Degree. The American Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can achieve, and signifies outstanding work and commitment to the agricultural industry. LCHS FFA received a membership growth award for increasing student membership and involvement for the school year. We also had two students, Sarah Spartz and Katie Myers, serve as convention delegates. While at convention, LCHS FFA volunteered to help Rise Against Hunger pack 23,000 meals for hungry families around the world. 










    Skills video from graduates


    Big CONGRATULATIONS to Jack Allen for his acceptance into the

    N.C. Apprenticeship and Ford ACE program!

    Big THANKS to LCHS Automotive Teacher

    Tony Martin and Capital Lincoln Mazda of Cary! 



    Silver Chapter of Distinction
    The LCHS SkillsUSA chapter had a great time during the last three days at the 2019 SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference and Competition. Greeley Hibbard, Cherokee Hall, and Brandon Pedraza-Ramirez all did an amazing job leading the conference on stage as state and national officers. Twenty-nine of the forty-four LCHS competitors placed high enough to be recognized on the stage and receive a medal, these accolades are listed below. The three 1st place winners will travel to Louisville, KY in June to represent North Carolina at the national level! I am also proud to announce that for the second year in a row LCHS has won two NC State Officer positions with Brian Primo and Diego Noyola-Luviano both being elected to serve. They will attend nationals as well for training as they step into their new state leadership roles. Summer Pipkin, Jairo Daiz, Mico Edralin, and Sebastian Sandi-Siles were also awarded SkillsUSA Outstanding Member Awards and Greeley Hibbard was awarded the SkillsUSA Adam J. Thompson Award for going beyond the call of duty and spreading the SkillsUSA message at the local, state, and national level. The LCHS SkillsUSA Chapter was also named a Silver Chapter of Distinction for the second year in a row! Finally, all of our attendees represented our school and district admirably and are champions in my eyes. The skills that these students showcase at these events are truly impressive and are perfect evidence of all the great things happening at LCHS.  If you see these students please take a moment to congratulate them on their success. Thanks for your support!  
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    LCHS senior Brandon Pedraza-Ramirez was part of an article featured in the STEM insert in today's copy of USA Today! Below is a link to the online article. His part is near the bottom in App Competition section.




    The LCHS SkillsUSA Robotics Team traveled to the NC State Fair this weekend to compete in the annual State Fair Mobile Robotics Competition hosted by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, NC Works Apprenticeship Program, NC SkillsUSA and the North Carolina State Fair. I'm proud to announce that our three teams placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the competition this year! All three teams are to receive a generous cash prize from the NC Works Apprenticeship Program. Please congratulate these students on their success!  


    Jairo Diaz & Christian Starr - 1st place

    Greeley Hibbard & Kamryn Bivens - 2nd place

    Zachary Loso & Mico Edralin - 3rd Place

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    A group of student leaders from the LCHS SkillsUSA chapter along with advisors Tony Martin, Jamie Henry, and myself attended the 2018 SkillsUSA State Leadership Workshop over the past three days. All of our students represented their chapter and school admirably. Greeley Hibbard, Cherokee Hall, and Brandon Ramirez did an amazing job as workshop facilitators acting in their State and National Officer roles. All of our attendees met the requirements to receive the prestigious SkillsUSA State Leadership Award and many placed highly in their individual contests as well. Roles for our five South Central Region regional officers were also determined by the state and are listed below. Please join me in congratulating these students on their achievements.

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    South Central Regional Officers:
    Olivia Rojas (President)
    Mico Edralin (VP)
    Brian Primo (Historian) 
    Steven McKinney (Treasurer)
    Zach Loso (Reporter)

    Steven McKinney: 1st Quiz Bowl, 1st Overall Team, 3rd Creed Audio

    Jairo Diaz: 1st Video PSA, 2nd Quiz Bowl

    Zach Loso: 4th Opening & Closing Ceremonies

    Kamryn Bivens: 1st Promotional Poster ,1st Overall Team

    Olivia Rojas: 3rd Video PSA, 4th Quiz Bowl

    Brandon Figon: 1st Creed Audio

    Sebastian Siles: 3rd Quiz Bowl, 2nd Creed Audio

    Brian Primo: 4th Video PSA

    Summer Pipkin: 3rd Poster 3rd Video PSA

    Mico Edralin: 2nd Creed audio, 3rd Quiz Bowl


    Camp Dixie 2018

    Mr. Martin, Greeley Hibbard, Brandon Ramirez, Cherokee Hall, Mr. Henry



    Lee County High School senior Brandon Ramirez spoke at the Lee County Schools Convocation. Brandon is an outstanding student with a long list of accomplishments. He has been the SkillsUSANC student president and is the current SkillsUSA national student president. He is an Academy of Engineering and Adobe Academy student that has won the Lenovo App Challenge and attained many certifications. He represents Lee County Schools well and what all educators strive for. Brandon's speech was undeniably motivational to anyone who heard it. Thanks Brandon!

    Mr. Martin, Mr. Henry, Brandon, Mr. Frye

     Brandon Speaking




     LCHS SkillsUSA chapter members along with several other LCHS CTE students and instructors joined nearly 300 other community members this weekend volunteering to help with the City of Sanford Block Party. The students gave up the majority of their Saturday to put their "Skills" to work helping the community while engaging in painting, landscaping, and light carpentry work. This is the third year our chapter has actively participated and once again the students in the chapter have done a phenomenal job providing a much-needed facelift to the houses assigned to them. I must say to watch these student work so hard to give back to their community is inspiring. Some photos of the event are below. If you recognize these students please encourage them to keep up the great work!
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    CTE students  

    State Competitions at Greensboro


    The LCHS SkillsUSA team along with their advisors Tony Martin, Anderson Frye, Jamie Henry, Chris Garner, Emmanuel Boakye, and myself traveled to Greensboro, NC for the 2018 SkillsUSA State Conference and Competition last week April 18th - 20th. It was a very successful competition for the chapter with the team bringing home many accolades. Brandon Pedraza-Ramirez did an amazing job leading the conference as the 2017-18 State President and the NC State Delegation has officially announced he is one of two candidates representing NC in a run for 2018-19 national office. I'm also very pleased to announce that for the first time LCHS has won two state officer positions for the 2018-19 school year, with Cherokee Hall and Greeley Hibbard both being elected to serve! The chapter was also one of three high schools and community colleges in the state recognized as a Silver Chapter of Distinction the second highest honor awarded to a chapter. Specific accolades are listed below. The 1st place winners, along with state officers will be traveling to Louisville, KY for National Conference in June to represent North Carolina in their areas. Please congratulate these students for their hard work and success!

    Awards List
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    Mr. Henry & Brandon Ramirez
    LCHS Skills Silver Chapter of Distinction Award
    First Place Chapter Display

    Regionals at FTCC

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    Thirty-seven LCHS SkillsUSA students traveled to FTCC to compete at the SkillsUSA South Central Regional Conference. They represented LCHS admirably with most placing high enough to make the stage to receive a medal. Greeley Hibbard, Cherokee Hall, Christian Starr, Sebastian Sandi-Siles, and Kamryn Bivens did an amazing job leading the conference as 2018 regional officers. LCHS also had five new LCHS students elected as officers for the upcoming year!  Specific Accolades listed below. Please congratulate these amazing students on their achievements! Mr. Garner also successfully hosted the masonry portion of the contest here at LCHS. 
    Andy Heskett - 1st Place Automotive Service Tech.
    Kyle McCorrison - 2nd Place Automotive Service Tech.
    Wilson Childs - 4th Place Auto  Beginner
    Alex Underwood 3rd Place Auto Beginner
    Kamryn Bivens & Greeley Hibbard - 1st Place Mobile Robotics
    Zachary Loso & Jayden Covington - 2nd Place Mobile Robotics
    Jairo Diaz & Mico Edralin - 1st Place Urban Search and Rescue Robotics
    Logan Clear, Sebastian Sandi-Siles, Brian Primo, Brandon Figon, Joshua Randolph - 1st Place SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl
    Tabbitha Lee - 1st Place Culinary Arts
    Olivia Rojas - 1st Place Job Interview
    MacKenzie Hulsey - 2nd Place Medical Math
    Carlos Escobar - 5th Place Job Interview
    Brandon Ramirez - 1st Place Principals of Engineering Technology
    Summer Pipken - 1st Place Adobe Visual
    Matthew Rumbold - 2nd Place Drafting 1
    Tyler Fallin - 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking 
    Tim Urquilla & Calvin Holmes - 1st Place Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
    Katelyn Scheller - 1st Place Prepared Speech
    Josephine Shelton - 2nd Place Masonry 1
    Bryson Taylor - 3rd Place Masonry 1
    Christian Starr & Steven McKinney - 1st Place Place Engineering Showcase
    Cherokee Hall,Claire Quiggle, and Morgan McRae  - 1st Place Chapter Display
    Michael Mashburn - 5th Place Masonry
    To apply to the Career and Technical Education Summer Camp, click here.

    CDC's (Career Development Coordinators, Alison Poole and Carrie Womack), IMC (Instructional Management Coordinator, Melanie West) and SPC (Special Populations Coordinator, Sherry Baucom) spent the morning speaking with 7th-grade students at West Lee Middle School about CTE courses offered at the high school level. Students participated in Career Interest Bingo, learned about Career Clusters and got a taste of what CTE courses are available at the high schools from watching the CTE recruitment video.
    On October 25th, Brandon Ramirez and Greeley Hibbard recieved the SME Rising Stars Award recognizing their achievements in Career and Technical Education.
    Peyton Holland, Brandon Ramirez, Greeley Hibbard, Jeffrey M. Krause  
    On Sunday October 22nd, three robotics teams from the LCHS SkillsUSA chapter competed in the NC Apprenticeship/SkillsUSA NC State Fair Robotics competition. All of the teams performed admirably in front of several state dignitaries and state fair attendees alike. LCHS took home the top three positions! With the team of Greeley Hibbard and Kamryn Bivens taking first place, Jairo Diaz and Zach Loso taking second, and Brian Primo and Sebastian Sandi-Siles taking third. The students also had a couple hours before the competition to showcase their designs and hopefully inspire some future robotics engineers as you can see in the photos below. As a bonus all of these students will be receiving a monetary award from the NC Department of Commerce.

    Agricultural Education Student Teacher was Finalist for NC Student Teacher of the Year

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    Jacqueline Knowles, a May 2017 graduate in Agricultural Education was named one of the six finalists for the North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. Ms. Knowles completed her student teaching at Pinecrest High School. Tiffany Key and Sharon Maines, also Agricultural Education graduates from NC State, were her cooperating teachers at Pinecrest High School. The NC – ACTE selects 6 student teacher finalists from nominees from each of the North Carolina universities that offer teacher education programs.

    Ms. Knowles is currently an Agricultural Education teacher at Southern Lee High School.

    Pictured above: Jacqueline Knowles from left to right are her two cooperating teachers, Tiffany Key and Sharon Maines, Dr. Travis Park, coordinator of Agricultural Education student teachers, Jacqueline Knowles, and Dr. Gary Moore, her university supervisor during her student teaching experience.



    Over the past few days (9/17-19), ten LCHS SkillsUSA students along with advisers Tony Martin, Jamie Henry, and myself attended the 2017 SkillsUSA State Leadership Workshop at Camp Dixie. The students were immersed in intensive leadership experiences from the moment they stepped off the bus and they all performed admirably and grew immensely as leaders in the organization. Brandon Pedraza-Ramirez did an excellent job leading the workshop as the 2017-18 NC SkillsUSA President and is looking likely to be recommended by the NC State Director for a national office run for the upcoming year. I am also proud to announce that LCHS won 5 of 7 regional officer positions for the 2017-18 school year with Greeley Hibbard, Cherokee Hall, Kamryn Bivens, Christian Starr, and Sebastian Sandi-Siles all serving as officers for the South Central Region. Also, for first time in nine years of attending this workshop I am proud to be able to announce that every student that attended preformed well enough to be awarded the SkillsUSA State Leadership Award! The students also competed in a number of competitions with specific accolades listed below. Please congratulate these students on their success if you have a chance!
    Sebastian Sandi-Siles & Greeley Hibbard - 2nd Place Opening & Closing Ceremonies
    Cherokee Hall - 3rd Place Prepared Speech
    Zachary Loso - 4th Place Prepared Speech
    Jairo Diaz - 1st Place Recruitment Banner & 5th Place Opening & Closing Ceremonies
    Summer Pipkin 1st place Quiz Bowl
    Mico Edralin - 5th place Quiz Bowl
    Kamryn Bivens 1st Place Audio PSA
    Christian Starr 3rd Audio PSA

    Brandon Ramirez-Pedraza SkillsUSANC Student State President 2017-2018

    Brandon Ramirez-Pedraza SkillsUSANC Student State President
    Lee County Schools middle schoolers had the opportunity to participate in the Career and Technical Education Summer Camp. With the help of the Lee County High Academy of Engineering, Finance and Hospitality and Tourism students and staff, rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were exposed to a variety of topics and activities. Students learned about business/entrepreneurship, robotics, mobile application development, video production, advanced manufacturing and transportation technology. At the end of the week, students competed in the STEM Camp Olympics, where they had to construct a tinfoil boat to hold as many golf balls as possible, a cage to protect a raw egg dropped from nine feet in the air with drinking straws, a balloon car and more. Who says you can't continue learning, while having fun, during summer?! See the above photo gallery for more!
    Tinfoil Boat

    NAF App finalists  

    The Lenovo Scholar Network announced the group of finalists for their 2017 National App Development Competition.  These finalists will be reviewed by a panel of Lenovo executives, media and thought leaders, NAF corporate partners, and alumni.  We are very proud to announce that all four of our submissions from Lee County High School were selected.  Our submissions were:

    Academy of Engineering

    Greeley Hibbert

    Jairo Diaz and Christian Starr


    Academy of Finance

    Nicolette and Olivia Rojas

    Samanta Noyola-Luviano, Jessica Terrones, and Sara Zuluaga-Sierra

     LCHS Skills Group
    The LCHS SkillsUSA club had a great three days last Wednesday through Friday at the 2017 NC SkillsUSA State conference/competition. All of our students represented LCHS admirably and I am very proud of all of them. Harris Lanier did an awesome job presiding over the conference as the 2017 State President. I am also very proud to announce that we have another state officer for the upcoming year with Brandon Pedraza-Ramirez being elected to serve for the 2017-2018 school year. We had nine students place high enough to make the stage and receive an award/medal with accolades listed below. Five of them placed first in a national level contest and earned a chance to represent North Carolina and compete at the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, KY in June. Brandon will also attend this event and participate in a intensive leadership training in preparation for his role as an officer. Please congratulate these students on their accomplishments if you see them. The chapter also won two state level awards being recognized along side of five other chapters state wide as a Quality Chapter for the second year in a row and also for being in the top 10% state wide for membership size. These awards demonstrate the hard work and dedication of our student leaders and advisers to improve and expand our chapter into one of the best chapters in the state.
    Greeley Hibbard & Kamryn Bivens (1st Place Mobile Robotics) nationals
    Jairo Diaz & Zachary Loso (2nd Place Mobile Robotics)
    Harris Lanier, Marissa Thomas & Claire Quiggle (1st Place Chapter Display) nationals 
    Jayden Covington (1st Place Creed)
    Edgar Gonzales (2nd Place Creed) 
    awards ceremony  
    award plaque
    SLHS Skills  
    Visit the Official Lee County Schools Career & Technical Education Website