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Goddard showcases students’ science, art; Event presents career pathways and community partnerships

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A student photographer turns to teacher Monica Rodriguez-Hudson as she smiles at her students during their presentations at Goddard High School’s Showcase Spotlighting Student Success on Thursday evening. (Alison Penn Photo)

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On Thursday evening, Goddard High School’s lobby, cafeteria and little theater was bustling with hundreds of students, parents and teachers for the Showcase Spotlighting Student Success honoring over 200 students’ achievements in sciences and the arts.

Students presented projects ranging from electric cars to 3D-printed items and robots in the cafeteria. In the lobby, the school’s food and nutrition program served around 18 different food options and was organized by students. The photography and art teachers, Jerry Holm and Joseph Lopez, filled the little theater with students’ mixed media art, photographic prints and even a video installation.

Goddard teachers Monica Rodriguez-Hudson and Celena Miranda’s emailed statement said the event was held to create a connection between students and professionals of similar interests and career aspirations and “to create local industry partnerships within our local educational program.”

Career pathways in arts, audio/visual technology and communications, hospitality and tourism, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were showcased with some students participating in Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FFCLA).

Jose Madrid, a sophomore student, was serving desserts and other foods as part of the food and nutrition program. Madrid, 16, said he wanted to learn the basics of cooking and is interested in studying physical training after high school.

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“Well, just to take care of yourself — it really matters what you put in your body and it is very important,” Madrid said about what he learned in the class.

Hannah Tucker is a junior in Art III and had two pieces featured in the little theater. Tucker, 17, said she enjoys the therapeutic process of working in her sketchbook and said art allows people to explore different perspectives even in the STEM fields.

“I love how you can express yourself with it,” Tucker, 17, said about her love for art. “You don’t get stuck in one. You can adventure out into more different categories and stuff like that.”

Anthony Jones, 17, is a sophomore student who wants to be a petroleum engineer. Jones said he and his group of four others chose 3D printing for their MESA project with Rodriguez-Hudon’s guidance.

“We decided to do 3D printing just because it is the building block of the future,” said Anthony Jones, a sophomore student who wants to be a petroleum engineer. “We are doing so many technological advances through these small things; such as — up in higher colleges, they’re 3D-printing organs and buildings. So I just think that if we start at a young age, we can really build upon that.

“I think it is an amazing feeling just because you can take an idea, put it on paper, put it into a program and hold it in front of people and say, ‘This took me two hours to make.'”

Another group member, Devaun Collins, said Rodriguez-Hudson is his favorite teacher. Collins, 17, said he is deciding between becoming an EMT or engineer for his future career.

“There’s really nothing you can’t do when it comes to 3D printing,” Collins said. “Really, your imagination is the limit. Being in MESA, of course, requires a lot of imagination. It helps you think in ways you wouldn’t normally think — so it opens up a lot of new opportunities for you.”

Other group members, Jocelyn Elicerio said she was interested in auto mechanics and being a welder and Aaron Garcia said 3D printing seemed practical and interesting. Garcia,16, said he hopes to go into engineering after high school.

“From MESA I have learned to work with different people, not just with the same group that I have,” Elicerio, 17, said. “For example, Ms. Rod-Hud — she would, throughout the year, change us from group to group and we interacted with each other and learned stuff.”

A freshman student in FFCLA, Jadya Miller, said she had Jennifer Cosman as her teacher for an interior design class and under her direction, Miller and her friend Emma Jimenez took project to the state level. For one of the events, Jimenez and Miller made an innovative interior design project where they designed a study room.

“It felt really good because something that started out as a school project became a state event,” Miller, 15, said. “We got gold in it. We were like the only people in our event that got gold. So that boosted our confidence way higher. I have gained self-confidence in my speaking and we met a lot of awesome people. And I learned that you can make friends from anywhere.”

For future careers, Miller said she wants to be an architecture professor and Jimenez said she wants to be a motivational speaker.

Jennifer Cosman, FFCLA advisor and the family and consumer science teacher, said she will be taking five students to a state competition in Georgia at the end of June. Cosman explained that FFCLA was formerly known as Future Homemakers of America and students learn soft skills like public speaking, leadership training and how to present themselves as professionals. She said the program prepares students for being a family member and having a career with a community service component.

“Lots of times people get out of high school or they get out of college and they don’t know how to do those things,” Cosman said. “And so a lot of our organizations like FFCLA, or like MESA that’s here, or the hospitality and tourism group, they all teach things that that help kids for their future.”

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.