Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 22

The Summit High AcDec team members earned a $500 scholarship for their win. BPA provides career and technical education to students. Mansfield ISD Organizations Compete at the State Level T here is an organization for just about every student at Mansfield ISD. Although some of the clubs and organizations are recreational, others are competitive, and MISD students are continuing to excel at those competitive events. Academic Decathlon Students on the Summit High School and Lake Ridge High School Academic Decathlon teams earned the points needed to advance to one of the most rigorous academic competitions in Texas. Academic Decathlon allows students of all achievement levels to work together to compete in multiple subject matters and earn medals for their high scores. Summit High School finished third in state in the 5A division. It was the eighth consecutive year for the team to advance to state. Robotics Four robotics teams from Rogene Worley Middle School are headed to the state contest, which is hosted by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). The Worley Robo Tigers teams, totaling 21 students, had to place first or second in the area contest to qualify. 20 Mansfield School & Family There are two main categories at the April 7 competition: arena and invention. TCEA states that robotics helps students cultivate their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. It also develops critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. DECA After top performances at the regional level, 33 students in Mansfield ISD’s DECA club will be advancing to the state competition. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. At competition, students complete a written component and an interactive component, which are judged by industry professionals. The young professionals competed with more than 1,500 students from around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to qualify for the state round. MISD is home to more than 100 DECA members who represent six district high schools. Business Professionals of America Nine Mansfield ISD students competed in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional competition, and all nine of them qualified for the state round. BPA is an organization for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration and other related career fields. At regionals, the students won a total of 18 awards. They are now preparing for the State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi. Culinary Arts High school students in the culinary program at Ben Barber Innovation Academy (BBIA) tasted success at the regional competition and will now display their cooking skills at the state level. One five-member team from BBIA won first place in restaurant management at the Texas ProStart invitational. The other earned second place in culinary arts. Texas ProStart prepares students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry. Thousands of students from more than 240 high schools participate in the program each year. German Club Twenty-nine MISD students will be advancing to the Texas State German Contest. First through fifth place winners at the state competition in San Marcos will be awarded scholarships. Categories of competition include speaking, drama, music, language mechanics, visual arts and more. More than 1,500 students from across the state compete in the state contest and its three regional contests each year. This makes the Texas system of German contests the largest in the nation. Mansfield School & Family 21