Two Payson High School students earned the first- and second-highest scores on their Career and Technical Education (CTE) state assessments, given to all students in the 47 vocational programs statewide.
Payson High School senior Megan Ploughe was among three students who scored 95 out of 100 points on the Culinary Arts assessment, the highest in the state. Ploughe cooked every day in teacher Devon Wells’ Culinary Arts program for all four years of high school.
CTE programs must have student clubs to offer competitions, opportunities for service and learning activities.
Ploughe attended culinary competitions with FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), the culinary arts student organization. She recently participated in an FCCLA service project teaching third- graders about nutrition. Ploughe does not plan to pursue a career in culinary arts, but rather hopes to train as a veterinary technician.
Ploughe said Mrs. Wells is, “the best teacher I’ve had in high school.”
Senior Amanda Hartnell says she learned “everything” from teacher Joe Parone in her Entertainment Marketing classes where she placed second highest in the state with 86 out of 100 points.
Hartnell said she loved the trips and competitions involved with DECA, the Marketing CTE organization. She liked it so much that she is current president of the group.
Hartnell noted that in her Marketing CTE program, she was “learning stuff that is going to help me. You never ask how Marketing is going to help you later in life,” as students might with an academic class.
She plans to attend Penn Foster College for Veterinary Technician and eventually become a veterinarian.