The Business Education Strategic Team (BEST) held an interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, October 9th at the 4H Building in El Dorado.
The event was designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in the interactive exploration of careers and industry. It was a collaboration between the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, both El Dorado and Circle High Schools, local businesses, the Workforce Centers and Butler Community College.
High school students had the exclusive opportunity to engage in hands on-learning until 3:30pm at which time college students, parents, and the general public were welcomed.
“Being able to align business needs with corresponding educational pathways is important, and a primary goal of the BEST committee,” said Teresa Bergen, committee chair.
According to a report from Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) a career readiness resource organization, “In many states, education, economic development and workforce development policy largely function separate from one another. As separate sets of policy, they often conflict and, consequently, do not maximize their impact on the overall economic health of a state or region. States should align these three policy areas into a single strategy they term the ‘Educonomy.’”
Furthermore, the WIN report stated that understanding a region’s educonomy requires “identifying business and industry talent needs, understanding the current and emerging occupational and job-specific skills that are in demand, and take an inventory of the quantity and quality of people willing and able to seek employment in critical occupations.”
Some of the area employers participating in the expo included:
While fans of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey” prepare for its big screen debut and the arrival of the Queen, another type of queen has arrived on campus, with much less fanfare. The newly crowned Miss Frontier, Naomi Galindo, has also gained a new title – Butler Grizzly.
Galindo began classes this fall at Butler and aims to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics. She currently speaks three languages, French, English and Spanish and has started learning Russian this semester.
“I’m planning to attend KU and major in Russian/East European/Central Asian studies with a minor in political science ,” Galindo said.
While you may think it’s her crown and sash that set her apart from the average student, it’s actually her social initiative and personal passion of promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12.
As Miss Frontier, Galindo will have many opportunities to share her platform and help raise awareness for the importance of Foreign Language Education for students from kindergarten through high school.
The Miss Frontier pageant is a part of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration and is held annually in El Dorado. The young woman crowned each year serves an ambassador to the celebration and they go on to represent the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities and appearances.
Galindo said, “I’m a huge fan of Miss Universe and so I found out that we had a local pageant and I decided to compete.”
Many young women participate in pageants as a way to help pay for school. Many pageant systems provide scholarship money or partner with colleges to provide in-kind scholarships. Through her participation in pageants, Galindo has started college debt-free and plans to continue competing to earn more scholarships. She previously held the titles of Miss Teen Frontier 2017 and Miss Teen El Dorado 2018.
Galindo said, “I would like to promote my platform, keep developing myself and my platform. I would also like to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant.” As a result of winning the title of Miss Frontier, Galindo has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Kansas Competition. The Miss Kansas Competition is a part of the Miss America Organization and participation in that program opens the doors to even more scholarships.
According to the Miss America Organization, “The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women.”
The Miss Kansas Scholarship Program is for young women age 17-25 years old.
According to the Miss Kansas Organization, through their participation in the program, young women earn more than scholarship awards for college. They gain community service experience as well as experience in speaking extemporaneously.
They learn to formulate and present their views on important issues. They grow in grace while improving social skills. They learn to set goals and work toward physical fitness and they learn to build a network while meeting new people with confidence and security.
The young women who participate in the Miss Kansas Scholarship Program gain experience in planning and time management as well as developing a performance talent. Galindo’s talent is singing and she performed a song in Croatian at Miss Frontier.
Galindo’s reign will be marked by a year of service. In addition to multiple opportunities to volunteer, she will advocate for a personal platform, also known as a social initiative. A social initiative is a project developed by the individual and acts as catalysts for positive social change.
Galindo’s social initiative is promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12. Additionally, Galindo wants to encourage other young women to compete for scholarships.
“This year I’m working on recruiting girls for the Miss and Teen Division to get them involved with the pageant. There are a lot of opportunities such as winning a scholarship, gaining confidence and developing friendships,” Galindo said.
While the next Miss Kansas Competition is not until June 2020, Galindo will be busy with her classes at Butler Community College and her royal duties as Miss Frontier.
The Ribbon Cutting and Dedication hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce was held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 5:30pm.
Among the guests in attendance was former Superintendent Sue Givens, along with current school board members and City Commissioners. The tennis court project was a joint venture between the City of El Dorado and USD490.
Mayor Vince Haines and Superintendent Teresa Tosh shared remarks with the crowd before USD490 School Board President, Norm Wilks help Mayor Haines cut the ribbon.
Mayor Vince Haines and USD490 Board of Education President Norm Wilkes cut the ribbon at the dedication of the Sam Binter Tennis Complex located on North Main Street.
Sam Binter, left, and USD490 Superintendent Teresa Tosh with the comparative plaque.
El Dorado Boy Scout Troop #222 made a visit to the City Commission meeting to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The City of El Dorado Budget for 2020 was approved Monday night. City Manager David Dillner explained to the Commission that the Total Budget Authority for the year is expected to be $32.9 million.
Jordan Buxton, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Director, along with Sue Hoefgen of Augusta Chamber of Commerce, shared information on the Butler County Act Program.
The goal of the Butler County Act Program is to create an ACT ready community. ACT Work Ready Communities Program (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth.
Commissioner Wilkinson stated, “As a former educator I appreciate it is not just the schools involved but the chamber as well.” Mayor Haines added that he appreciates the bridge between the workforce and schools.
A date of September 12th is scheduled to launch the program. To learn more contact Jordan Buxton at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce or Sara Hoefgen at the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Also appearing before the Commission was the HollyFrontier Western Celebration chairman, Tabitha Sharp. She was joined by the newly crowned Miss Frontier 2019, Naomi Galindo. They shared information about the upcoming festival and invited the Commissioners to attend this year’s event.
The festival begins Friday, August 9 with Mutton Bustin’, the Extreme Bull Blowout, and a concert by Kyle Park.
Saturday includes a parade through downtown, the Kids Korral at East Park in partnership with the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. A Junior Ranch Rodeo will be held at 1p on Saturday followed by the Butler County Ranch Rodeo and a concert with Jason Callahan.
The weekend rounds out with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Tickets are $10, can be purchased at the gate, and provide admission to the festival all weekend. The City of El Dorado is a sponsor of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration. The HollyFrontier Western Celebration is a committee of El Dorado Main Street.
The Second Annual Butler Mission Week (BMW) celebrated the weeklong event with a free community Block Party on Friday, July 19th. The Block Party was held on the lawn of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
Over 227 volunteers worked in multiple shifts each day throughout the week, following the biblical command “Love Thy Neighbor” . They did so by participating in community service projects and intentional acts of kindness. According to program director, Andrea Van Auken, the goal was simple, to “Take care of the town we live in.”
The volunteers participated in a variety of events throughout the week and impacted over 90,000 people in Butler County. The week also served as a mission week for the middle school and high school kids who stayed at the church all week.
BMW was conceived of by the Co-Pastors of Hope Covenant Church. The church’s vision is to “Be Known, Belong, Be Love. We believe it is important for people to be known by God through intentional discipleship, to belong to a community through authentic relationships, and to be love through serving others.
Six Drum and Bugle Corps teams from across the country performed before a crowd of fans and judges in the seasonal contest held annually, known as Drums Across Kansas. Drums Across Kansas presents the Drum Corp International Tour (DCI) each year, and this is the fourth year for it to be held in El Dorado at BG Veterans Stadium.
Percussion, color guard, and marching, as well as the general effect of design and musicality are scored by the judges, according to Anthony DiCarlo, DCI tour manager. The world championship will be in Indianapolis, in August. Santa Clara Vanguard is the current reigning champion.
The other teams are the Mandarins from Sacramento, California; the Crossmen from San Antonia, Texas; the Blue Knights from Denver, Colorado; The Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California; and the Blue Devils from Concord, California.
Blue Devils took first place with a score of 88.400, Santa Clara Vanguard was a close second with 88.350 points, and Blue Knights rounded out the top three with 83.300 points.
Drum Corp International was formed in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America.