by: Brene Bradley
The Office of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) honored students at the 2015 Celebration of Champions, a student achievement awards ceremony for students who complete career pathways. More than 250 Completers from high schools throughout the district were recognized for earning distinction as CTAE Program Completers and for passing their end-of-pathway, industry-recognized exams. The Georgia Department of Education defines completers as those students who successfully pass at least three courses in a chosen career pathway such as Biotechnology Research & Development, Therapeutic Medical Services, Engineering, Entrepreneurship (Small Business Development), Interactive Media, Graphic Design/Communications, or Broadcast Video Production.
The celebration was held at Atlanta Technical College on April 23. The students were treated to an inspirational message from motivational speaker, Billy Boughey. The program gave special recognition to over 180 completers who had a cumulative GPA of 90 percent or higher. The 2015 CTAE Valedictorian is Anna Hurie Gustafson, a North Atlanta student who completed the Audio-Video Technology & Film pathway. Eight students earned special distinction for completing, not one, but two pathways: Aliya Nicole Maloof and Pares Daquan Richardson, Henry Grady High School; Londen Aliel Mackey, North Atlanta High School; Milik Marcello Butts, Windield Cheeta Daughterty, James Matthew Clark III, and Tamiara Jasmine Hicks from Booker T. Washington High School; and Dequavius Sinkfield, Mays High School.
Three students were also awarded the CTAE Achievement Scholarship of $1,000 each: Anna Gutstafson – N. Atlanta High School, Kayla Stripling – Coretta Scott King High School, and Larissa Alexander – South Atlanta School of Healthcare Science.
In addition to students, teachers, and principals, district staff and CTAE Advisory Board members attended the event. This year marks the sixth year that Atlanta Public Schools has recognized its Completers.
CTAE also acknowledged more than 1,000 students as program completers for the 2014-15 school year!
One testing agency, Working in Support of Education (WISE), honored BEST Academy High School as one of the W!SE 100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance in our national network. Alisha Foots and David Turner will receive a special award in recognition of this fine accomplishment.