Students, teachers awarded by College Career program, actor Nick Cannon

Posted: Friday, June 3rd 2016


Actor Nick Cannon congratulates a student at the CCTE Showcase

An aquaponics automation project, reducing plastic-disposal at a high school and business plans for acrophonics are among creations awarded by the College, Career and Technical Education Program (CCTE), and actor Nick Cannon, for the 2015-16 school year.

Cannon, a San Diego native and host of NBC-TV's America's Got Talent, awarded three student teams as part of his America's Teen Mogul Competition.

"This is something really cool for kids to do for young people to do.  Right here we have young people from freshman to seniors that are really putting together their ideas and it's exciting," Cannon told KUSI-TV.

Students had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Cannon, whose first selection was Firas Mosalam, University City High School CALUS; second went to Joseph Macy, Ethan Williams, Innovation and Design Team Acrophonics, Kearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design; and third place went to Jesus Jahir Gama, Trinidad Sales, Gama Tech, Lincoln High School.

The CCTE Showcase is an annual culminating event for students to exhibit their real-world projects. Throughout the project design and implementation process, students collaborate with industry mentors to ensure authenticity. Some project examples include biomedical solutions, game design apps for education, automotive innovations, and robotics. Other showcase events include a City of San Diego-sponsored student Video Film Festival Competition and a Photography Contest.

2016 Winners

  • Open Champion: Kathy Schulze, Enhancing Parks on the Point, Point Loma High School
  • Open Runner Up: Daniel Kriley, Promoting A Practically Perfect Production, Mira Mesa High School
  • Team Veteran Champion: Larry Kaplan, Aquaponics Automation, Hoover High School
  • Team Veteran Runner Up: Tim Bingham, Danny Blas, Veterans Center: Serve those who have served us, Kearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design
  • Team Rookie Champion: Steve Walters, Plastic on the Mission Bay Campus, Mission Bay High School
  • Team Rookie Runner Up: Jeremy Zauderer, Christy Maynard, Interactive Gaming App-GameTube, Clairemont High School
  • Film Festival Best of Show: Nichole Castillo, Nick Johnson, Devin Pacheco, Luna Zuniga, San Diego High School
  • Best Photography Collection: Justin Bartels, Motion, Mira Mesa High School
  • Coolest Project: Larry Kaplan, Aquaponics Automation, Hoover High School
  • See the winners of the Photography Contest: Ayla Daniels, Serra High; Angela Nguyen, Mira Mesa High; Essa Patriarca, Mira Mesa High; Parker Heath, Mira Mesa High; Simba Ahmed, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAP).

Established in 2005, the CCTE Showcase connects business partners with students and teachers to develop a strong foundation for the economic future for San Diego. Students share products they produce and business problems they solve in collaboration with members of the local business community. More than 300 industry professionals volunteered to be mentors, guest speakers, or advisors to students.

This year's collaboration with the Nick Cannon Foundation brought his America’s Teen Mogul Showcase and Student Business Plan Competition to the Showcase. The programs educate youth to the global career and entrepreneur opportunities available on the business side of multi-media/entertainment industries, including priority middle-skill job markets in San Diego. As part of the America's Teen Mogul Competition, a panel of business executives met with students to talk about the opportunities that exist for young entrepreneurs.

The CCTE Showcase panel of judges is comprised of members of the greater San Diego business community and other industry and corporate partners, personnel from the San Diego Unified's Office of Teaching and Learning and student-teachers from San Diego State University's College of Education, School of Teacher Education.

Speakers included Cannon; Superintendent Cindy Marten; Al Love, Director of San Diego Unified's Office of College, Career, and Technical Education; Nina Shaw, Hollywood entertainment attorney; Michael Tatelman, Chief Marketing Officer, Radio Shack; and Myeisha Peguero Gamino, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, JP Morgan Chase.

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