Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce
41st Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony
Marketing and Hospitality students have been working with the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce to help prepare for the 41st Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony. Two marketing students have been helping prepare brochures and mailing invitations. Both programs helped set up, Tuesday, at the Silver Spur in Mechanic Falls. The event will be held Wednesday, March 21st.
Congratulations to the 34 members of Skills/USA that went to the 2017 State of Maine Championships and Conference last week. 32 of the members competed against students from across Maine. The following 15 students were awarded medals for their achievements.
Gage Burgess- Bronze – T- Shirt Design
Casia Docos- Bronze – Pin Design
Simon Misner- Bronze – Advertising Design
Haylee Hopkins- Bronze – Welding Sculpture
Anthony Whittman- Bronze- Auto Refinishing
Chasity Pike-Rainey- Silver in Extemporaneous Speech
Madyson Mitchell- Silver- Welding Sculpture
The Team of Natalia Mills, Julia Bruce, and Dana Casey- Silver- Promotional Bulletin Board
The Team of Brenna McNeil and Megan Hewey Gold- Wedding Cake
Emily Starr- Gold- Internet working
Morgan Richardson- Gold – Photography
Joe Leavitt- Gold- Collision Repair Technology.
The Gold Medal winners will have an opportunity to represent Maine in Louisville Kentucky this June.
41st Annual High School Woodman's Competition
June 11 & 12
Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton, Maine
The Oxford Hills Technical School team consisted of the following students:
Jon Blake, Levi Brett, Brendan Cavers, Riley Chaplin, Logan Day, Tyler Day, Taylor Farrar, Hunter Hodgdon, Max Egan, Dakota Herrick, Ian Jack, Cam Martin, Bryce Morse, Austin Sanborn, and Ethan Thompson
The Oxford Hills team won 1st Place in the following events:
Axe Throw, Log Roll, Loader Competition, Precision Bucking, Tree Identification, Log Scaling, Tug of War, Game of Logging Team Bore Station, Spring Pole Game of Logging, Individual - all three events
Second Place wins in the following events:
DOT Split, Pulp for Distance, Cookie Stack, Cookie Cut, X-Cut Sawing, and Engine Trouble Shooting
Congratulations to our DECA members for placing at the state conference March 2 and 3 in Portland. First and second place finishers qualify to compete at the International Career and Development Conference in Anaheim, California April 26-29.
First place finishers:
Ryland VanDecker: Automotive Services Marketing
Laura Valeri: Food Marketing
Jaime Merrill: Hotel & Lodging Management
Jarrod Todd: Sports & Entertainment Marketing Management
Patrick Dingley: Principles of Hospitality
Jadah Adams & Savanna Barker: Marketing Communications Team
Sarah Metcalf & Abby Buck: Travel & Tourism Marketing Management Team
Sarah Grillo & Reilly Hussey: Advertising Campaign Team
Tsela Shraiberg & Mickayla Politano: Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Team
Sebastian Brochu: Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Dade Follette: Retail Merchandising
Nick Martinez & Anthony Michaud: Sports & Entertainment Marketing Management Team
Mackenzie Tanner: Food Marketing
Matthew Fleming: Sports & Entertainment Marketing Management
Carly Ross & Jessica Punch: Buying & Merchandising Management Team
New state officers: Tsela Shraiberg & Mikayla Politano
Highest test score at the conference for the entire state of Maine: Jarrod Todd
Tech Challenge 2017
One of the judges for the Engineering and Architectural Design program wrote about the experience. To see what he had to say, please follow this link:
Tech Challenge to Showcase Student Skills
Oxford Hills Technical School is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Tech Challenge will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Tech Challenge is a showcase event in which students from twenty career and technical programs participate in skill-specific competitions and demonstrations for parents, community members, and others. The activities will include building mock-ups, movie making, MIG welding, and children’s storybook writing (which will be judged by our toughest judges, the 3-5 year-old preschool students from our ECE program). The event will begin at 3 p.m. and will be open to the public. An awards/medal ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Oxford Hills Technical School provides state-of-the-art career and technical training to students from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Buckfield Senior High School.
Contact for Further Information:
Shawn Lambert, Director
P.O. Box 313
Norway, Maine 04268
Local Students Compete in Thomas Cup
Teams of OHTS Computer Technology and Pre-Engineering students took 4th and 9th place at a technology competition in Waterville last weekend.
On December 2-3, Computer Technology instructor Stephanie Grover and Pre-Engineering instructor David Langevin brought 10 students to Thomas College to compete in the Thomas Cup against 40 other teams of high school and homeschool students. Teams came from schools such as the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and the Baxter Academy of Sciences and from areas throughout the state including Lewiston, Falmouth, and Aroostook County.
The Thomas Cup includes a number of technology competitions including cyber defense, gaming, nerf wars with robotics, crime scene investigation, and art. The competition started at 6 p.m. on Friday and continued through the night until 10 a.m. the next morning.
While the Thomas Cup is centered on technology, competitors needed more than just technical skills to succeed. The best teams combined a mix of project management, innovation, creativity, teamwork, leadership, and more in order to overcome the challenges and defeat their opponents.
According to Junior Alan Coffin, “The Thomas Cup was very enjoyable and entertaining. The competition also showed us life skills, competing against of people toward a goal.”
Senior Emily Starr appreciated working with others who shared her interests. “It was such a great experience meeting new students that were all equally enthusiastic towards science and technology,” said Starr.
Instructor Stephanie Grover agreed on the benefits of the event for students. She also noted that “they ate more pizza than I thought humanly possible.”
Oxford Hills students who competed were: Dustin Bouchard, Chase Clarke, Alan Coffin, Nathan Cyr, Kyle Heath, Megan Linfield, Isaac McNutt, Nathaniel McNutt, Morgen Ray, and Emily Starr.
Grover and Langevin plan to bring students to the Thomas Cup next year.
CTE Student of the Year 2017
Each year technical schools from around the state choose one student to recognize as their Career and Technical student of the year. It is my pleasure to announce that this Year's OHTS student of the year is a Marketing Management student who has been in the program for three years. In that time he has enjoyed consistent success, earning the highest program GPA as a sophomore, Outstanding Attitude award his junior year, and Outstanding DECA student of the year his senior year. He was the first place finisher in the DECA Maine state conference Automotive Services Marketing competition three years in a row. In 2016 he was recognized as a top 16 finisher at the DECA International Career and Development Conference in Nashville. In 2016 he chaired the Oxford Hills DECA Annual Craft Fair with over 150 vendors and 3000 patrons. Outside of the classroom, he has been a varsity football player for three years and alpine skiier for four years. He was awarded All Conference for both football and skiing.
This young man works at his family's business, Kettle Cove Marina and plans to study business at Southern Maine Community College next year.
It is my pleasure to announce the 2017 OHTS Student of the Year, Ryland VanDecker.
The National Center for Woman & Information Technology (NCWIT)
April 11, 2017 – South Paris, ME – Oxford Hills Technical School student Emily Starr has received the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and received Honorable Mention for the 2017 National Award. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Oxford Hills Technical School, recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. A total of seventeen award recipients were selected from high schools across the region for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Emily will receive two engraved awards, one for the student and one for her school’s trophy case. “Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “NCWIT has opened up many new opportunities and philosophies for me. Knowing that there are women just as enthusiastic towards science and technology motivates me to pursue my education with complete dedication.” Emily Starr “This award is a testament to Emily, her achievement in this rigorous program, and her future successes. I could not be more proud,” said Shawn Lambert, OHTS Director. OHTS, A Cisco Networking Academy, continues to offer computing as part of its curriculum, recognizing its value to students’ future success. Programs of study include CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCENT training. Oxford Hills Technical School is a career and technical school serving over 500 Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Buckfield High School. The school offers 20 programs ranging from Computer Technology to Automotive Technology to Early Childhood Education. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Stephanie Grover (207)461-3379
OHTS adds Plumbing program!
The article to the right was taken from the March 31, 2016 edition of the Advertiser Democrat.
Tech Challenge to Showcase Student Skills
Oxford Hills Technical School is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Tech Challenge will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Tech Challenge is a showcase event in which students from twenty career and technical programs participate in skill-specific competitions and demonstrations for parents, community members, and others. The activities will include building mock-ups, movie making, t-shirt design, and children’s storybook writing (which will be judged by our toughest judges, the 3-5 year-old preschool students from our ECE program). The event will begin at 3 p.m. and will be open to the public. An awards/medal ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Auto Tech Achieves NATEF Accreditation!
The Following was taken from the December 3, 2015 edition of the Advertiser Democrat:
DECA Craft Fair 2015
Oxford Hills Technical School's Marketing program will hold it 41st Annual DECA Holiday Craft Fair on November 21, 2015 from 9:30 AM- 3:00 PM at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. For more information, please visit their website: http://decacraftfair.weebly.com/
Deb LaFrance 2015
Oxford Hills Technical School's Early Childhood Education instructor, Debbie LaFrance, made the news! The following article was taken from the
October 22, 2015 edition of the Advertiser Democrat:
DECA Officers Chosen!
Oxford Hills Technical School's DECA Chapter installed their officers on October 20, 2015.
The new officers are:
Back row: Alicia Albert, Reilly Hussey, Priscilla Ansah, Faith Bedard, Brianna Abbott
First row: Heather Swain, Victoria Pendelton, Erin Cleary
Heather and Erin are state officers, and the others are chapter officers.
Tech Awards 2017
Oxford Hills Technical School hosted its thirty-ninth Annual Student Awards Night on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Awards were presented to students who have excelled in each of the Oxford Hills Technical School's program areas. Students who were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and scholarship recipients were also recognized. The ceremony was followed by desserts prepared by the Culinary Arts program.
Tech Challenge 2017
Oxford Hills Technical School hosted its Fourth Annual Tech Challenge on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Tech Challenge is a showcase event in which students from twenty career and technical programs participate in skill-specific competitions and demonstrations for parents, community members, and others. The activities included cooking or baking specific recipes, a MIG welding contest, and cookie cutting with chainsaws. The event began at 3 p.m. and was open to the public. An awards/medal ceremony was held at 6:45 p.m.