The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today Meagan Lawton, of Windsor, Ohio, as the secondary category winner, and Martine Bishop, of Lutz, Florida, as the postsecondary winner, of the Cliff Weiss Essay contest. This year’s topic was “What does Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow mean to you?” ACTE received 275 entries, and each of the winners will receive an award of $250. The essays will be published on ACTE’s Web site and an announcement published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.
Lawton is a student at Grand Valley High School, located in Orwell, Ohio. In her essay, she discusses the role career and technical education (CTE) played in helping shape her career choice. After taking Interactive Multimedia class, she was able to express her creative abilities as well as gain experience in learning how to produce videos and broadcasts through hands-on opportunities, including the schools’ daily news broadcast, live productions and film projects. With her CTE courses, she is eligible to receive 13 college credits from Lakeland Community College, and she is better prepared for college and pursuing a career in the film and television industry.