East Tech Students Attend CTSO Rally at Cashman Center

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Mary Stephens and Angela Rangel

East Tech Students Attend CTSO Rally at Cashman Center

Students in CCSD and Nye Counties were invited to participate in the Center and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Rally on Wednesday, December 7th at Cashman Center. The purpose of the rally is to bring all CTSO members from the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) together to participate in a shared leadership event.

This years theme was, “Storytelling and Writing Your Own Story.” The rally began with Rhett Laubach, a national speaker, addressing the audience and speaking about “ Being the Best You.”

Students are encouraged to join a CTSO during their four years at East Tech and to participate in the regional and state competitions where they have the chance to win scholarships and recognition at the state level and the opportunity to compete at the national level to earn additional scholarship monies.

CTSO’s representing East Tech included DECA, who had 84 freshman and DECA Chapter Officers in attendance; FCCLA, who had 30 members and Chapter Officers participate; and HOSA, who brought their Chapter Officers. East Tech had the largest attendance and the students shared their great passion and spirit for their CTSO during the rally.

Throughout the entire day leadership training was provided and gave to students opportunities to work on interpersonal skills through group activities and improving their leadership through developing their individual strengths. Mr. Laubach conducted a training workshop on personal strengths and finding your “Greatness.” Students and advisors also used this opportunity to network with each other.

Some of East Tech’s CTSO Advisors:

DECA                           Mr. Silva and Ms.Carroll

FCCLA                         Ms. Bouch and Chef Zdanis

HOSA                           Mr. Ryan

SkillsUSA                     Ms. Key

Linda Bouch, East Tech’s Advisor for FCCLA said, “The CTSO Rally is a sneak peek into the great experiences that students have available to them when they participate in their program’s student leadership organization.” Cristopher Garcia, a junior in the Education Program added,”The Rally gives students the opportunity to improve leadership skills and bring back ideas to share with classmates and CTSO chapters.”