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Dominic Ibarra chosen Union County CTE Student Spotlight

Congratulations to 8th grader Dominic Ibarra for being chosen as the Union County CTE (Career & Technical Education) Student Spotlight from PDMS.  Dominic has been a student of CTE teachers Mrs. Outen and Mrs. Griffin since he was in 6th grade.

“In the beginning, he was such a quiet, soft spoken, shy student,” said Mrs. Outen who teaches the STEM program. “I witnessed his determination to master the programming skills in my classes,” added Mrs. Griffin.

Both teachers agreed that Dominic was so deserving of this recognition due to his overall work ethic, development of social skills, and more importantly, his determination to learn STEM skills in their classes. Dominic has taken STEM and Computer Programming classes in both 7th and 8th grade.  He also attended the STEM robotics competition and placed in the finals. Upon returning from the competition, Mrs. Outen told her classes, “If you pursue skilled manufacturing, then somebody here will probably work for this young man one day. He’s a mechanical engineer in the making!”

He has exemplary behavior, always present and on time (many days he was the first one in class and willing to stay to clean up) and is very respectful and cooperative to his teachers and peers. Dominic is always eager and motivated to learn more about coding and engineering. He demonstrates a positive and helpful attitude towards others by leading as an example. Mrs. Outen and Mrs. Griffin look forward to seeing Dominic complete CTE courses in high school to prepare himself for a successful future as a mechanical engineer or computer programmer.