Career and Technical Student Organization Conference


Did you have the opportunity to join a “Career and Technical” student organization (CTSO) when you were in high school? Students from Homer High School, Kenai Central High School, Soldotna High School and Skyview High School said yes to join a CTSO last fall, and on Thursday, January 16, 2012, seventy students from these schools gathered for a day-long district Career and Technical Conference held at Skyview High School and Soldotna High School.


The morning began at Skyview with breakfast and a keynote address. Students then went to morning workshops—and competitions—held at Kenai Peninsula College, SoHi, and Skyview. Workshops included topics such as Culinary Arts, Construction, Welding, Drafting, Floricultural, Job Interview, Employability Skills, Technical Math, and Keyboarding. Everyone converged at SoHi for lunch, followed by afternoon workshops and an award assembly. Several workshops were repeated, along with new offerings such as Extemporaneous Speech, Prepared Speech, Fork Lift, Skid-Steer, Trailer Back-up, Rigging and Flagging, Self-Defense, Emergency Services, and Challenger Center Robotics.


Students were engaged, learning together, and competing. Awards were given for first through third place in each category. Students will have an opportunity to compete in Anchorage at the statewide CTSO competition later this spring.


Thank you to the teachers and staff who organized the conference, the community businesses that participated, competition judges, and funding from a Youth First grant from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Business Partnerships.


Congratulations to all the students who participated in 2012! The winners for first, second, and third place in each category are:

  • Welding: Willie Paag, Homer; Nathaniel Hardy, Homer; David Jolly, Homer
  • Drafting: David Swedberg, SoHi; Kade Cooper, Skyview;
  • Technical Math: Jonathan Kreider, SoHi; David Swedberg, SoHi; Traven Apiki, Homer FFA
  • Construction:  Jordan Jones, Skyview; Heath Johnson, Homer; Alex Oder, Skyview
  • Keyboarding: Goldie Shealy, Homer and Carly Snyder, Homer (tie); Rosabella Bellamy, Homer; Diane Frank, Homer
  • Culinary Arts: Valerie Mastoiler, Homer; Shane McVeigh, Homer; Savanna Kinnard, Homer
  • Floriculture: Taylor Ellison, Homer; Naomi Weston, SoHi; Courtney Lewis, SoHi
  • Employability Skills: Olivia Duran, Skyview; Naomi Weston, SoHi; Courtney Lewis, SoHi
  • Fork Lift: Jeremy Hatten, Skyview; David Swedberg, SoHi; Dangelo Cloud, Kenai
  • Skid-Steer: Kade Cooper, Skyview; DJ Marsengill, Homer; Robbie Tarnowske, Homer
  • Truck/Trailer Back-up: Ethan Roderick, Homer; Jake Eckert, Homer; Trevor Earll, SoHi
  • Extemporaneous Speech: Holly Eyre, Skyview; Courtney Lewis, SoHi; Katelin Christenson, SoHi
  • Prepared Speech: Gabriel Bragg, Skyview; Holly Eyre, Skyview; Camorie Weekley, SoHi
  • Job Interview: Courtney Lewis, SoHi; Traven Apikei, Homer FFA; Holly Eyre, Skyview
  • Most Employable School:  Skills, Work Attitudes, Work Values: Homer SkillsUSA  


KPBSD “Career and Technical” education

Peninsula Clarion article, “Competition and knowledge: 20th Kenai Peninsula Career and Technical Student Organizations Conference”