SouthernTech Wraps-Up the 2022-2023 School Year with Ceremony

Local students, Jackson Grace and Angel Hernandez Estrada represented SouthernTech and their program, on stage at the Ardmore Convention Center Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 7 p.m. As Co-Students of the Year, they each addressed a crowd of over 1000 for SouthernTech’s second annual Completion and Certification Ceremony. They shared enthusiasm and information about the purpose of technology schools and their impact on industry in southern Oklahoma.

Estrada, a Cybersecurity student, was selected as Co-Student of the Year for his leadership as president of SkillsUSA and his desire to learn more than is required in the classroom. His instructor stated that Estrada “troubleshoots problems that arise and works through the problems until he figures out the solution.” Jackson Grace, a Heavy Equipment Operations senior from Lone Grove High School, was selected as Co-Student of the Year with Estrada. Grace was recognized for commitment to his education and desire to represent himself, his
peers, and his school in a positive manner. His instructor stated that “Jackson is a team player and a student
I can depend on to step up and take charge when needed.”

Superintendent of SouthernTech, Dr. Eric Ward, took center stage and introduced the Board of Education members to then acknowledge various groups of students. 345 students received their completion certification in one of twenty-seven full-time programs offered at SouthernTech. School faculty, administration, Board of Education members, friends and families showed their support by cheering for each student crossing the stage to receive their certificate of completion.
Dr. Ward acknowledge 178 students who competed in CareerTech student organizations during the school year. Student participate in Business Professionals of America, SkillsUSA, and Health Occupations Students of America, depending on their program. Of the 178 who competed in regional, district, state and national contests, thirteen students advanced to national contests after qualifying.
Ward also recognized 40 National Technical Honor Society members. To qualify for the National Technical Honor Society, students must have a 93 average, excellent attendance and demonstrate citizenship and character through community service. 
Ward concluded the evening by addressing the completing students, "I am confident that SouthernTech and our partner schools have provided you with an excellent foundation and we wish you the best as you embark on the next chapter of your life."
SouthernTech's mission is to provide high-quality, skills-based technical education opportunities that drive economic success. SouthernTech is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, which offers programs and services to 29 technology center districts and operated on 59 campuses across the state. CareerTech plays a vital role in developing a world-class workforce for Oklahoma employers and prepares Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education and in life. Source: The Ardmoreite