Student Spotlights


Design Crafts Classes Create 
Sleeping Mats for Homeless Teens

 A Big Thank You to Mrs. Yeoman and her Design Crafts classes for partnering with the Green Valley Kiwanis Recycle Project under the direction of Cheryl Barnson to create plastic mats made from grocery bags. These mats were made for the local organization “Street Teens“, and are intended for less fortunate teens that have no place to sleep at night.  The mats create a barrier between the ground and body, and can be easily washed and dried, and bugs are not attracted to them.  For the full story, click here.

Four Southeast Tech Graphic Design & Illustration Students Recognized for SMARTeen Driver

Graphic Design Award - Teen Driver Awards group pictureOn Saturday, May 8th, four Southeast Tech Graphic Design & Illustration students were recognized for their superior design work at Findlay KIA on West Sahara. Senator Mark Menendo and Congresswoman Dina Titus were in attendance.

  • Senior Layla Flores – Honorable Mention – Entry
  • Nathan Foux -honorable mention – Entry
  • Senior Alia Ramsouer – 2nd place – Entry
  • Junior Connor Keeting – 3rd place – Entry

They were each awarded $150 and $100 respectively, by Sarah Lee Marks, the founder of SMARTeen Driver, sponsor of the contest. In addition, each of our four finalists received a Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation. Alia said, “I was honored to receive the award, considering that a lot of great artist throughout Southern Nevada entered the competition.” Connor was “Happy to play a role in keeping pedestrians safe.” According to Mr. Kyriacou, “This was a huge improvement over last year when we had just one honorable mention. The kids really stepped up this year.”

lidia-for-webSoutheast Tech student, Lidia Wossen, talks elevating “A Step Above” in 89123 Magazine
Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, if you choose to see it for what it is. Just ask Southeast Career Technical Academy senior Lidia Wossen, who attributes her success as much to her own hard work and dedication as the support of her family, friends, and peers. Recognizing inspiration is one thing, applying it another, and she does so with apparent ease pushing beyond the high goals she sets for herself with great forward momentum. Her tireless effort and drive, combined with a desire to pay it forward through compassionate deeds and grateful demeanor, are the kind of qualities that elevate Lidia Wossen to- A Step Above. Click here for full access on Lidia’s article in 89123 Magazine.

Southeast Tech student wins NACTE Logo Competition The Nevada Association of Career Technical Educators (NACTE),  again hosted their annual conference logo competition. Southeast Tech Graphic Design and Illustration has had four past winners including last year’s winners.  For 2016 the honor, and $100.00, goes to junior, Jilda Cheng.  Jilda’s entry was among hundreds from area career/tech schools.  If you see her in your classrooms or the hallways, please congratulate her on her accomplishment!


Student Spotlight - DeShawn Williams

SECTA student DeShawn Williams wins Gates Millennium Scholarship DeShawn Williams, a senior culinary major at Southeast Career Technical Academy, has been named a winner of the Gates Millennium Scholarship for 2015. He is one of 1,000 winners chosen from more than 57,000 applications. Williams is ranked sixth in his graduating class of 360 with a weighted GPA of 4.659. This outstanding student plans to begin his college career at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma to major in kinesiology, with a focus on pre-med. He then hopes to transfer to either Duke University or Columbia to focus on a career as a physiatrist. Williams has been active on the SECTA campus, playing basketball and volleyball for the Roadrunners, and has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Black Student Union, Skills USA and ProStart.

Bryant Pochop, Senior, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to Cal Lutheran college.  His award can be renewed each year for four years!!! Bryant had to write an essay and was chosen from a very large pool of applicants. While completing his Culinary Arts major here at Southeast Tech, Bryant has also been an integral part of the men’s Volleyball team for the past 4 years and has been a member of Key Club. We are very proud of Bryant who has also been a model student here at Southeast Tech, as well as in his family and church community!  

Congratulate the following students for taking the National Spanish Exam and earning medals for it.  Go SECTA!

Name Exam Grade Medal Name Exam Grade Medal
Jennifer, Garcia ’1 10 GOLD Jennifer, Ednacot ’3 10 BRONZE
Manuel, Quiroz ’1 9 SILVER Alexis, Mangubat ’3 9 BRONZE
Briana, Santana ’1 9 SILVER Jessica, Hernandez ’3 11 GOLD
Maria, Camacho ’1 11 SILVER Bertha, Beltran ’3 12 BRONZE
Rudy, Ramos ’1 10 SILVER
Daniel, Alvarado ’1 10 SILVER Jesus, Muñoz ’4 10 GOLD
Lynette, Rosas ’1 9 BRONZE Mariana, Rodriguez ’4 12 GOLD
Maria, Garcia ’4 11 SILVER
Daniela, Barrera ’2 11 GOLD Roxanna, Lopez ’4 11 SILVER
Javier, Flores ’2 10 GOLD Ana, Flores ’4 12 SILVER
Tania, Fleites ’2 9 GOLD Wendy, Peralta ’4 11 BRONZE
Jason, Lopez ’2 10 GOLD Jorge O., Plasencia ’4 10 BRONZE
Lourdes, Barreras ’2 11 SILVER Melanie, Sanchez ’4 12 BRONZE
Luis, Vazquez ’2 10 SILVER Jennifer, Saldana ’4 11 BRONZE
Leonardo, Gonzalez ’2 10 SILVER Maylen, Alvarez ’4 11 BRONZE
Cynthia, Ramos ’2 12 SILVER Abigail, Torres ’4 12 BRONZE
Leilany, Guerrero ’2 11 SILVER Dario, Menendez ’4 10 BRONZE
Jurain, Villa ’2 12 SILVER
Francisco, Larco ’2 10 SILVER
Yailine, Hernandez ’2 10 SILVER
Brandon, Beltran ’2 12 SILVER
Gabriela, Coreas ’2 10 SILVER
Jennifer, Cruz ’2 10 BRONZE
Karla, Portán ’2 10 BRONZE

img_SkillsUSA_AllSoutheast Tech did an excellent job at Skills USA in April, 2015.  Check out this list of State Winners!  Bravo SECTA!

  SECTA Graphic Design & Illustration Student Wins Logo Contest!  RachaelTandMrKThe Nevada Association of Career Technical Educators holds an annual logo competition for their conference scheduled in the summer. In a field of over 90 designs, this year’s winner was Rachele Tolentino-Mejia, a sophomore in Graphic Design & Illustration. “I entered this major because I like to draw, but I’ve learned so much more this year. I’m excited about making graphic design and illustration my career.” When asked about her unique concept, Rachele said, “I wanted something that would represent the future and my teacher told us to think outside the box; so, I thought a robot is pretty different and after a few thumbnail sketches, it all kind of came together;” however, it was not quite that simple. Rachele continued, “I was happy with my design, but Mr. K had me do it over like five times until it was just right – now I’m glad he did. He said when it’s right, you’ll know it. Now, I can’t believe I was satisfied with my first logo.” Rachele received a check for $100 from NACTE for her efforts. The check was presented by NACTE President, Craig Statucki, a teacher at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. CONGRATULATIONS Rachele!