Congratulations goes to Dr. Andrew Lettes, biotechnology teacher at Pueblo, for being awarded the Arizona Innovation Heroes Award by the Science Foundation Arizona.
The award recognizes those who are leading in the fields of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship or have instituted innovative practices or curricula to advance student success and enhance student interest in STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education)
Students, colleagues and distinguished guests joined us for the celebration and had very positive statements about our biotechnology program.
On behalf of all the Pueblo Family, we congratulate Dr. Lettes.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Biotechnology students participated in the HOSA Spring Leadership Conference at the Doubletree Hotel from April 14 to 16.
Our students were great these past two days. They were polite, articulate, and full of Pueblo Pride.
Carlos Ramirez was elected Secondary Vice President of HOSA for the Southern region of Arizona. We have a state officer. This position required a speech and question and answer period. He ran successfully against the current HOSA HIstorian from Sunnyside. Carlos was wonderful.
Nine students attended the State Leadership Conference. Most had to be in the top 20 in the state after an online test in February.
In Biotechnology, 95 students took the online test. Michael Dedrick was 5th, and Tricia Hindley was 9th. On Thursday both participated in the skills competitions. The two skills were microscopy and culturing bacteria. Today the final results were announced.
In the Arizona State HOSA Biotechnology competition, Michael placed second, and earned a trip to Nationals (Orlando), and Tricia placed 5th.
In the following competitions, students worked almost exclusively on their own, since these subjects were not explicitly covered in the biotech curriculum:
Jeffery/Brian Bishop- Medical Math
Cynthia Lona- Human Growth and Development
Hector Mendoza- Prepared Persuasive Speech
Carlos Ramirez- Epidemiology
Patrick Swindell, Gilberto Valenzuela, and Christian Vasquez- Creative Problem Solving Team
Students earned 4 medals:
Gold: Carlos Ramirez
Silver: Jeffery/Brian Bishop
Silver: Michael Dedrick
Silver: Hector Mendoza