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Missouri, Texas and D.C. Students Win ACTE's Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest


Missouri, Texas and D.C. Students Win ACTE's Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest


ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces the winners of the Cliff Weiss Essay Contest, which includes students from Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C., at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Winners of the 2012 Cliff Weiss Essay Contest are:

  • Naim Owens, of Washington, D.C., for secondary student essay category
  • Colissa Menke, of Warrensburg, Missouri, for postsecondary student essay category
  • Christie Shokler, of Frisco, Texas, for multimedia category

This year’s contest required students to consider the Career and Technical Education Month theme, “CTE: Careers Through Education,” and communicate how CTE prepares individuals for a future career. A new multimedia category was added to the existing secondary and postsecondary essay categories. Winners in each category receive a $150 prize. The winning entries will be posted on ACTE’s Web site and published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.

Owens is a senior and part of the first graduating class from the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in Washington, D.C. In his essay, he shared his long-term interest in becoming an architect and information about the educational foundation that Phelps’s engineering program provided him to support his career pursuit. The program also provided Owens several opportunities to develop career experience and connected him to professionals in the field where he learned about the most relevant applications, tools and skills needed to be a successful architect. He stated in his essay that “having CTE courses on my transcript makes me stand out from other students when applying for admission into colleges and universities.”

Menke is a student of cosmetology at Warrensburg Area Career Center. She cited in her essay the affordability of postsecondary CTE programs and emphasized the practical knowledge and development of technical skills as advantages of CTE.

Shokler, the multimedia entry winner, is a senior advanced graphic design and illustration student. Her entry comprised a three-panel brochure that shared her experience with CTE and the available programs of study for a student available at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, which she attends in addition to Centennial High School.

For more information and photos of the winners, please contact Ashley Parker at aparker@acteonline.org.

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The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.


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