Six Antioch students honored for excellence at annual Career Technical Ed/ROP awards ceremony

ROP Students of Excellence 2016

Six of the 41 students honored at this year’s ceremony are from Antioch.

On Thursday, May 12, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) honored 41 high school students, representing 27 schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, with the Students of Excellence Awards for their outstanding achievement in their CTE/ROP (Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Program) classes. The celebrated students were each presented a certificate of merit and a $250.00 scholarship award. Scholarship funding was provided by Honda Walnut Creek, John Muir Health, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Walnut Creek Honda, and C&H Sugar.

More than 200 attendees were on hand at the Concord Senior Center. Along with the honored students and their families, the students’ teachers and ROP business-partnership representatives were also on hand.  Welcoming remarks were made by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, County Board of Education President Christine Deane, Assembly Member Jim Frazier, and CCCOE Director of Student Programs Janet Haun.

Superintendent Sakata individually presented the awards and checks to each student on stage, followed by a short speech from each of the awardees. The common themes of the heart-felt speeches were their gratitude of their parents and families, as well as their appreciation for their CTE/ROP courses and teachers. Many of the students said their CTE/ROP courses were the highlight of coming to school, and that the classes made their future career goals much clearer.

The Contra Costa County CTE/ROP serves nearly 12,000 students annually with classes in 34 high schools throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Currently, there are 393 state-of-the-art career development classes in this program. CTE/ROP focuses on career preparation and exploration, hands-on experience, and academic excellence to prepare students for success in college and future careers. CTE/ROP provides students with the newest equipment, rigorous academic standards, and classes in emerging technologies. All of the CTE/ROP classes and programs are directed by and funded through the CCCOE. For more information about CTE/ROP classes, visit their website.

The following outstanding students received certificates of merit plus $250.00 in scholarship awards for the CTE/ROP courses they excelled in during the current school year:

Mark Jovero, Art & Animatio,
Antioch High School – Erin Susoev, Instructor

Angelita Yarborough, Careers in Teaching
Antioch High School – Tamsen Armstrong, Instructor

Shyriah Vaughn, Cosmetology
Delta Beauty College – Tamara Reaves, Instructor

Jacqueline Villaseñor, Sports Medicine
Dozier-Libbey Medical High School – Kim O’Leary, Instructor

Jordan Bjorklund, Television Production
Deer Valley High School – Kiel Olff, Instructor

Noah Lema, Marketing
Deer Valley High School – Steve Kish, Instructor

Milo Whitburn-Thomas, Advanced Digital Photography
Berkeley High School – Gabriel Berent, Instructor

Miranda Breves, Robotics Engineering
Heritage High School – Rob Pardi, Instructor

Christianna McFarland, Law Enforcement Careers
Heritage High School – Matt Carr, Instructor

Joseph Gliedt, Fire Science
Liberty High School – James Scarbrough, Instructor

Tianna Nelson, Automotive Technology
Liberty High School – Jonathan Dorr, Instructor

Miya Adolphson, Game Design
Clayton Valley Charter High School – Evan Hughes, Instructor

Andrey Pristinsky, Civil Engineering & Architecture
Clayton Valley Charter High School – Scott Farquhar, Instructor

Jake Gorospe, Computer Applications
Concord High School – Laurie Harris, Instructor

Zachary Ruiz, Robotics Engineering
Concord High School – Tom Trowbridge, Instructor

Yoselin Tamayo, Careers in Teaching
Ygnacio Valley High School – Thatcher Palmer, Instructor

Claire Rader, Biotechnology
Ygnacio Valley High School – Maria Fletcher, Instructor

Grant Hayes, Architectural Design
Monte Vista High School – Mike Huntsman, Instructor

Katie Parker, AP Environmental Science
San Ramon Valley High School – Cindy Egan, Instructor

Lucy Tabor, Art of Video Production
El Cerrito High School Theodore Grover, Instructor

Julia Lauer, Digital Arts/Design for the Web
Acalanes High School – Susan Lane, Instructor

Elizabeth Doty, Automotive Technology
Alhambra High School – Brian Wheeler, Instructor

Matt Webb, Construction Technology
Alhambra High School – Jay Heeb, Instructor

Holly Moore, Advanced Sports Medicine
Campolindo High School – Ray Albiento, Instructor

Kaleigh Rubio, Careers with Children
Freedom High School – Elizabeth Rodriguez, Instructor

Kaitlyn De Mello, Culinary Careers
Piedmont High School – M’Lisa Kelley, Instructor

Marina Boudsady, Publications
Pinole Valley High School – Alexander Van Hook, Instructor

Shalvena Sharma, Law Enforcement Careers
Pinole Valley High School – Patricia Blades, Instructor

Shudipto Rahman, AP Computer Science
Pittsburg High School – Romeo Simionas, Instructor

Luis Arreola, Hospital Health Services
De Anza High School – David Pintado, Instructor

Simranpreet Kaur, Hospital Health Services
De Anza High School – Fathom Riordan-Ng, Instructor

Jacqueline Hopkins, Digital Photography
Kennedy High School – Steve Pinto, Instructor

Mariana Romero, Advanced Photography
Richmond High School – John Ohlmann, Instructor

Annissa Bensalah, Journalism Productions
California High School – Brian Barr, Instructor

Kathryn Lew, Analytical Forensic Science
California High School – Andrew White, Instructor

Emily Lai, Introduction to Business
Dougherty Valley High School – Jeff Silverman, Instructor

Bethany Vega, Computer Graphic Arts
Dougherty Valley High School – Jeff Silverman, Instructor

Jaclyn Leonard, Medical Technologies
Las Lomas High School – Kathleen Mooney, Instructor

Makena Paynton, Sports Medicine
Northgate High School – Glen Barker, Instructor

Roya Stoops, Veterinary Science
Northgate High School – Melanie Scott, Instructor

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