On Thursday, June 8, 2017, family, friends, and SAVA staff packed the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium to celebrate our 167 Graduating Seniors! Sarah Sons, Middle School Teacher at our Sim campus, began the ceremony by singing the National Anthem. After open remarks by Mr. Morri Elliott, SAVA Principal, Jerry Rice, a student of the Elk Grove campus, was awarded the Beth Graham Memorial Scholarship. Leslie DelToro, Ruby Perez-Reyes, and Ulani Osby gave wonderful speeches. Mr. Sprinkles, CTE Vice Principal, announced those students who had earned CTE honor cords. Collette MacDonald (VP Sim Center), Tara Jones (VP Elk Grove), and Ric Reyes (VP Power Inn) spoke to graduates about continuing forward on their chosen paths. After the presentation of the diplomas, GCC Board Member, Mark Anderson accepted our graduates. Many of our graduates will be heading on to a college/technical college and many were first time graduates in their families.

The first Annual CTE Gala, held June 1, 2017, was an awesome success! Sim Center Gym was packed with CTE stations manned by students ready to explain their classes to visitors from the community, as well as future students and their parents. It was inspiring to watch our Fashion students strut their stuff on the runway showcasing their own designs to the beats of our Recording class. Photography’s silent auction of student work raised money to fund future activities. Culinary students created delicious treats for all in attendance. Construction students built another tiny house for visitors to explore. Video students shared their skills at dubbing over a movie trailer. Fitness students taught visitors how to use all the gym equipment and shared their outdoor activities they participated in during the year. EMR students demonstrated the basics of life saving skills. At the Transportation area students showed their skills with diesel engines. Poultry and Plant Sciences showcased their field with baby ducks and turkeys as well as a working hydroponic plant tower of vegetables.

Our CTE Construction students won the Architectural Award for the Open Competition this year at the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation (SRBXEF) building competition held at CRC the second weekend in May. The challenge included designing & preparing construction documents and building a 96 square-foot structure onsite at the event.  Traditionally this has been a shed building competition, but SAVA went above and beyond by building a tiny house.