2023 Students of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Students of Excellence Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Career Technical Education Courses
Posted on 05/11/2023
2023 Students of Excellence AwardsPLEASANT HILL, CA — Students who have excelled in Career Technical Education (CTE) classes were honored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP) at the annual Students of Excellence Awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at Pleasant Hill Community Center.

Some 50 students were nominated to be Students of Excellence recipients, and 39 won the award based on their teachers' recommendations and the nominee’s submitted statement. Honored students were awarded a certificate of merit and a $300 scholarship. Additionally, the nominees received a gift card. Monetary donations were provided by Chevron, Phillips 66, Earn & Learn, Junior Achievement, Travis Credit Union, and Biocom California.

“Recognizing Students of Excellence for their hard work and dedication is not only exciting, but also a proud moment for the entire college and career readiness community,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “The training these high school students receive helps Contra Costa County fill industry sector jobs in the future. Additionally, our CTE and ROP courses would not be successful without the phenomenal teachers in our county that provide networking opportunities with local businesses and work-based learning experiences our students need to be inspired and engaged.”

Students took classes in a variety of career fields tailored to civil engineering, law enforcement, tv production, advanced audio production, construction technology, biomedical sciences, and careers with children.

For more than 47 years, CCCOE’s College and Career Readiness Program, which includes CTE and ROP, has provided career and technical education opportunities to high school students and adults. During the 2022-23 school year, the Career Readiness Program served more than 8,000 students in 305 classes at 22 high schools throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties, including court and community schools. Some 110 instructors taught CTE/ROP courses in 13 industry sectors.

CCCOE’s ROP is one of 74 statewide ROP programs. California’s Regional Occupational Program engages over 470,000 students (about half the population of Montana) each year. CCCOE (Contra Costa County Office of Education) ROP courses meet A-G requirements for University of California and California State universities. The courses also link educators with business and community partners, creating work-based learning opportunities for students, guest speakers, job shadowing connections, support for CTE student organizations, and relevant industry experience for students. For additional information about programs, go to https://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/departments/studentprograms/college_and_career_readiness.

Students of Excellence Award Winners

First Name Last Name School Course
Aiden  Bartling  Liberty High School ROP TV/Video Production 
Alyssa  Villarde
California High School ROP Computer Graphic Arts
Ananya Dasannacharya Dougherty Valley High School Empowering Entrepreneurs
Antoine  Justin Pittsburg High School Advanced Audio Production
Bethany Schmidt Liberty High School Exploring Computer Science
Braden  Madden Heritage High School Digital Recording Studio 
Brendon  Chang Heritage High School Robotics Engineering 
Brian  Garcia Viveros Mt. McKinley High School  Computer Science - Introduction to Programming
Carlo  Buenconsejo Deer Valley High School TV Production
Christopher Guintu Pittsburg High School Art of Video
Colleen Gu Dougherty Valley High Computer Graphic Arts 2
Dana Rodriguez-Castillo Las Lomas High School Foods 2
Dehlia Strassner Pittsburg High School Broadcast Journalism
Destiny  Pinto Dougherty Valley High Level 1: Accelerated Biotechnology and Research
Elena "Kit" Town California High School Play Production
Ellie Wang Dougherty Valley High Level 2: Biological Laboratory Sciences and Research
Emily  Beeson Clayton Valley Charter High School Sports Medicine - Advanced
Eva  Vurghese Monte Vista High School Architectural Design 2, Architectural Design
Gabriel  Jimenez Santana Pittsburg High School Computer Graphic Design
Jacob  Topete Pittsburg High School Advanced Graphic Design
Jennifer  Misenhimer Alhambra High School Contruction Tech
Kailey  Gotfried Clayton Valley Charter High School Honors Civil Engineering and Architecture 
Kassandra  Meeks-Harris Freedom High School Careers with Children
Kate Crosby Campolindo High School Wood Engineering - Advanced
Kayla  Fernandes Heritage High School ROP Law Enforcement & ROP Mock Trials/Moot Courts
Kimberly   Alvarez Dozier-Libbey Medical High School Advanced Sports Medicine
Kylie Gancos Liberty High School ROP AP Computer Science Principles
Luke  Wilcox Antioch High School  Construction Technology
Madeline (Maddie) Geernaert Monte Vista High School Advanced Sports Medicine
Molly Breznikar Campolindo High School Advanced Sports Medicine
Nola Griffin Freedom High School ROP Art of Video Production
Riley Kolb Alhambra High School Auto Tech ROP
Savannah Cowan Antioch High School Advanced Web Social Media Program & Design
Savannah Rogers Freedom High School ROP AP Environmental Science
Sophia  Huff California High School Careers in Teaching 2
Stefano Nosenzo Heritage High School Advanced Video Production
Taylor Williams Heritage High School Sports Broadcasting
Ysabel  Garcia-Bonds Freedom High School Advanced Graphic Design
Zachary Taylor Dougherty Valley High School International Cuisine

Students of Excellence Nominees

First Name Last Name School Course
Angeles Cruz Marchus School Culinary Arts
Austin  Kabat Liberty High School Auto Engineering
Jio  Alexei Linsangan Pittsburg High School Game Design and Development
Josephine H. Yu California High School PLTW Biomedical Pathway: Honors Human Body Systems
Kaitlyn Bray San Ramon Valley High School AP Computer Science A
Manuel Simonson Antioch High School Intermediate Social Web Media Programming & Design
Nate  Habas Campolindo High School Art of Video Production
Ngozichukwu Ejimadu Dozier Libbey Medical High School Emergency Medical Responder
Norah Hom Los Lomas High School PLTW Human Body Systems
Oshin Rex California High School AP Computer Science A
Seth Riley Heritage High School Culinary Arts

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