Scott Tech state qualifiers announced

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Pictured are some of the 35 students at the Scott Regional Technology Center who qualified for state competition in SkillsUSA district exams, held in Monett. Contributed photo

Powerbytes assembly includes Mad Money exercise

Students at the Scott Regional Technology Center engaged in a variety of activities in the quarterly Powerbytes professional development assembly.

The SkillsUSA meeting started out introducing and awarding the District Skills USA contestants with medals. Thirty-five students from the Scott Regional Technology Center will advance to state competition following district evaluation in the SkillsUSA district competition.

* Technical information commercial baking: Chastine Winkler, Jasmine Bickford, Christen Henderson.

* Culinary arts: Joshua Verde

Early childhood education: Briana Granados, Dominique Christy

Professional development: Brianna Vanderlaan

Restaurant service: Audria Conn, Deedra Howard

Skilled contests advertising design: Grace Haase

Automotive service technology: Kyler Gray

CNC technician: Connor Wilson, Jason Young

Diesel equipment technology: Cole Swearingen

Early childhood education: Jordi Garcia, Brianna Vanderlaan

Electrical construction wiring: Shelton Smith,

Restaurant services: Audria Conn, Deedra Howard,

Team works: Tate Banks, Daniel Harris, Trevor Prewitt, Jesus Rodriguez

Vinyl signmaking: Devin Paynter, Ryan Test, Natalie Wages, Destiney Hatley,

Chase McLain Leadership Contes: Holly Thomspon

Action skills; Ambreia Brattin and Travis Wents

Extemporaneous speaking: Audria Conn

Leadership Essay: Natalie Wages.

Prepared speech: Kaitlynn Anderson.

Students attending also participated in the Mad City Money activity. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education offers a two-hour experiential learning program for high schools students based on Mad City Money, a hands-on financial simulation developed by the Credit Union National Association. Students develop financial skills by getting a taste of the real world, as they take on the role of an adult, complete with occupation, salary, family, student loan and credit card debts, and medical insurance payments.

The challenge is for students to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs, while creating and following a realistic budget. Students must also make payments on any debts they owe and decide how much to save. Participants discovered what it is like to budget for monthly expenses, manage debt and save for the future. Mad City Money provides realistic examples that highlight the connection between the decisions students make and the economic consequences of those decisions and the link between education and lifelong earning potential.

Students from Scott Tech were given criteria that centered around their current GPA, helping them become more aware of career choices. Community volunteers, often from local banks and businesses serve as merchants during the simulation.