Conexión Del Rio/ SFDRCISD, PIO, Reno Luna, contributor

DEL RIO – Success favors the prepared mind. That is the motto of the National Technical Honor Society. The Del Rio Chapter inducted 124 new members on April 30th at the Student Performance Center in Del Rio, Texas. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a vibrant and rigorous program that offers many students in the SFDRCISD a career training education that also recognizes them for their academic achievements.

Many students make being a member in the NTHS is a goal. Members went through an application process and then took the oath of membership in the presence of the SFDRCISD Cabinet, CTE Staff and Administration and DRHS Administration. Lou Edna Musquiz was the keynote speaker and inspired the members to take advantage of their CTE Education and do more in their lives and in their community. She was herself a retired CTE Educator and described many of her experiences in CTE and Skill USA as some of her proudest moments in her life.

Left: Tod Townsend and John Bronson. Bronson was selected as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year.

The CTE Department also recognized 16 students as nominees for CTE Student of the Year. John Bronson was selected by a panel of judges for his work in the Welding Program headed by Tod Townsend. Students were selected based on attitude, personal improvement, professionalism, time management, responsibility, and ethics. All are core values in Career and Technical Education programs.

Two current members of the NTHS were also awarded $1000 Scholarships from the NTHS national organization. Brianna Marrufo and Andrea Valdez were the recipients. Brianna Marrufo won the FCCLA/NTHS Scholarship and was one of two in the state of Texas. Andrea Valdez won the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship and was one of 200 who were selected from around the country.

NTHS is a growing organization with over 200 members locally. Members participate in many community events like the annual Feast of Sharing, Nino’s Navidenos and Relay for Life. “This year’s class of senior members have been outstanding and will go on to use their CTE Education to give back to others in their communities wherever that may be. That’s the beauty of a CTE Education…it can really take you places” said NTHS Advisor Linda Corbell.

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