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RPS blueprint shines at career and technical education competitions

Ralston students participating in career and technical education, called ‘blueprint’, are excelling at the state level and beyond this spring.  

Understanding that each student’s path to success and personal fulfillment may look different, blueprint offers students a variety of opportunities that prepare them for life after graduation - whether that involves a four-year degree, a two-year degree, trade school, service, or directly entering the workforce.

Beyond the depth of opportunities offered through active classroom lessons, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s) give students the chance to heighten their skills, network, and have fun through competitions.  


Ralston High School FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America saw several students compete and place at state.  Juan Guerrero-Franco and Keanu Ellefson were runners-up in the culinary arts occupational event. Rita Homan and Keanu Ellefson earned bronze in baking and pastry.  Maggie Krist earned silver in life events planning.

At the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference, Kaitlyn Nguyenduy earned first place in clinical specialty.  Krya Costanzo earned first place in physical therapy. Saodat Bobodzhanova earned first place on the nutrition knowledge test. Abby Mommsen and Janelle Madden earned fourth place in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills competition.

At the DECA State Leadership Conference (for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management), Peyton Knott earned second place in business financial services.  Megan McAleer earned second place in human resource management. Michelle Saqui placed in the top eight students for retail merchandising.

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Engaging future teachers, four students attended the state-wide Educators Rising conference and Gloria Andrade participated in the job interview competition.  

Recognizing the importance of skilled professions, Ralston High School’s SkillsUSA chapter saw four students participate at state-level competition.  Joseph Riesberg and Tanner McChesney competed in automotive technology. Brendan Fletcher worked in technical drafting. Rylee Ross competed in architectural drafting.

Following career days focused on awareness at the elementary level, Ralston students explore a variety of career paths at the middle school level.  Culminating at Ralston High School, ‘blueprint’ offers students classes and academies in all six of the career fields identified by the Nebraska Department of Education.  To learn more about blueprint and see students at work, click here.