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Vista CTE Photography Students Win Big At Regional Art Competition

Vista CTE Photography students were the top prize winners at the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League's (COAL) Annual High School Fine Art & Photography Show. The show went from April 3rd through April 17th at the OPT Underground Gallery, located at Oceanside Photo and Telescope in Oceanside.  The show featured 275 entries from students from the Army & Navy Academy, El Camino, Carlsbad, Mission Vista, Oceanside, Rancho Buena Vista and Vista.  Judged by Lou Kasza and Phyllis Swanson, over $1000 in awards were presented to students at a reception on April 3.


Rayanna King of Rancho Buena Vista High School won first place for photography with her "Rainy Day at Rancho" photograph.  Her photograph is a moody composition of the school's walkway during the evening, and strikes a melancholic chord to everyone who sees it. Other top prize winners include Rancho's Gerardo Zuniga with a McDowell Memorial Award, Vista High School's Ethan Lewellyn with the Patron Award, Daniel De La Torre with an Honorable Mention, and Mission Vista's student Lauren Spears with an honorable mention.


Students that participated included:


From Rancho Buena Vista, Kelly Moncure teacher:

Jasmine Campos 

​Aidan Dean

Conner Drinkward

Christian Enriquez

Rayanna King

Zach Kleppe

Sierra Matthews

Yesenia Mora

Naomi Pazmino

Paulo Perez

Juan Rivera 

Gerardo Zuniga


From Vista High School, Laura Olden teacher:

Ethan Lewellen

Daniel De La Torre

Viviana Ilic-Flores

Kiana Teixeira

Hector Santiago

Carol Arciga

Mayra Alvarado

Breanna Johnson

Alex Bobadilla

Christian Rodriguez


From Mission Vista High School, William Salley teacher

Sarah Dinse

Ava Walker

Sierra Conrad

Jerry Addison

Fiderly Garcia

Sydney Goss

Lauren Spears

Over 30 Mission Vista High School students participated in the Mission:Code computer programming competition

Over thirty Mission Vista High School students participated in the Mission:Code computer programming competition.  MVHS seniors, Aaroh Mankad, Chris Martin, and Eric Ceballos organized the seven hour event where eleven different teams had the mission of designing and implementing an interactive 2D or 3D game from scratch.


Students used NetBeans or Unity as their development environment and programmed in java, java script, and C#.  Mission:Code event supervisor, Jeff Yee, was amazed by the determination and focus by the students.  Mr. Yee said, “The students had six hours from beginning to end to create their games.  I expected the students to take a couple of breaks in between, but they just kept on going.  Even when the pizza and sandwiches were delivered, they continued to code and eat at the same time.”


After the six hours of coding were done, each team presented their game.  The games were judged by Aaroh, Chris, and Eric.  The stakes for winning were high with prizes totaling $170 which were donated by the school’s Computer Game Programming Club.  First place for 2D games went to Vincent Whizen, Nuel Maravilla, and Matteus Thresher and first place for 3D games went to Spencer Nettles, Thomas Webb, and Marcus Moore.  After Mission:Code was over, Jeff Yee asked the participants if they would come back next year and there was a unanimous vote of yes.  Mission:Code far surpassed the expectations of the organizers and they were thrilled to have created an event that will only get bigger and better.  Thomas Webb said it best, “I really enjoyed the experience and had a great time.  I would definitely do it again even without the prizes.”


by Jeff Yee

Mission Vista High School

Historically, the San Diego and Imperial Valley chapter of California Regional Association of Centers and Programs (CAROCP) honors outstanding students in CTE/ROP programs in our region. Students, their teacher and an industry representative are recognized in May at SDCOE Student Awards Ceremony. The afternoon begins with a "Taste of CTE" where culinary teams across the county treat honorees and their families to tasty bites from CTE culinary programs.
This year, two students from Vista Unified School District CTE were honored.

2015 CAROCP CTE Student of the Year:

Congratulations to the VUSD award winner this year: Samuel Martinez
Teacher: Irma Cano
Virtual Enterprise
High School:
Vista High School
Industry representative: Ana Romero, Property Manager, CPM Team 


Congratulations Samuel!

VUSD Honorable Mention Spotlight: Amy Wehner

VUSD Honorable Mention Spotlight to: Amy Wehner
Teacher: Sara Benner     

Course: Agriculture

High School: Vista High School

Amy is an agriculture student who has been a dedicated FFA member and is pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinarian. She has been an FFA officer, raised prize winning animals and runs a small business.  Amy was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and through Sara Benner's Ag program, Amy has found her passion working with animals.  She is an exemplary example of perseverance, character and the benefits of having a positive perspective in life.  Congratulations Amy

We would like to commend you all for your excellent work and collaboration!