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CTE students excel at state conferences

Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from Dysart Unified School District high schools recently competed in state competitions including the SkillsUSA Regional Conference hosted in Phoenix, and the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) State Career Development Conference also hosted in Phoenix. 

The following students competed in the Region 5 SkillsUSA Arizona Conference and received honors in their respective categories. The students' achievements have qualified them for the SkillsUSA Arizona Championships taking place in April. 

Shadow Ridge High School

  • Gold Medal Architectural Drafting: Jordan Johansen 
  • Gold Medal 3D Visualization and Animation: Andrew Valdez and Sean Enouen 
  • Gold Medal Advertising Design: Ryan Enouen 
  • Gold Medal American Sign Language: Madeline Deffinbaugh 
  • Silver Medal 3D Visualization and Animation: Krystine Poore and Makayla Schuler 
  • Silver Medal Advertising Design: Anna Schneider 
  • Silver Medal Job Interview: Alysa Horton 
  • Bronze Medal 3D Visualization and Animation: Anthony Salamanca and Dawson Zaucha 
  • Fourth Place Advertising Design: Micah Fischer  
  • Fifth Place Advertising Design: Riley Janovsky 
  • Seventh Place Advertising Design: Cassidy Dato

Willow Canyon High School

  • Silver Medal American Sign Language: Markus Alvarado  
  • Silver Medal Chapter Display: Ariana Peterson and Isaac Barrio 
  • Silver Medal Opening and Closing: Zydes Diggs, Ekemini MbekAnako, Joshua Dethlefsen, Malachi Delgado, Jessany Bramblett, Eyani Watkins, and Jaxon Magee  
  • Silver Medal Audio Radio: Sarah Tuttle and Tyler Tuttle

The following students receive honors at the DECA State Career Development Conference, where they competed against over 2000 high school students from across the state. 

Valley Vista High School 

  • Elite Member Executive Awards: Caroline Dors and Angel Cabrera 
  • Elite Member Director Awards: Jordan DeLaro, Audrey Jimenez and Hailey Amos 
  • Chapter Awards: Elite Chapter Award, Diamond Society Gold, Century Chapter, Membership Campaign - Thrive Level, and Promotional and Community Service Campaigns - Thrive Level  

The Membership Campaign, and Promotional and Community Service campaigns have earned Valley Vista four spots for students to attend the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in April. 

Shadow Ridge High School

The following students received honors in their respective categories, and have qualified to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN. 

  • First Place Overall: Emma Belanger, William Fussell, Austen Cucci, and Shane Rath 
  • Third Place Overall: Paige Kelly and Zoe Classen 
  • Fourth Place Overall: Mercedes Joyce  
  • Elite Member Award: Serenity Senft, William Fussell, Ryan McDaniel, Shane Rath, Bryson Fussell, Cole Summers, Cole Callister,  Katelyn Smith, Zoe Classen, Meghan Crisan, Julianne Meyer, and Stephen MacKellar  
  • Finalist: Austen Cucci 
  • International Competition Qualifier: Bryson Fussell, Cody Kobus, and Nicole Glaba


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