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Higley senior nominated for presidential CTE honor

Victoria Bate's portrait
Victoria Bate, a marketing student at Higley High, is one of five Arizona students nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education award. According to the nomination, the award is based on “academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and ingenuity/creativity/problem solving.”

Bate is a senior at Higley High. She started marketing classes her freshman year and is a member of DECA, a student club that is part of an international association of marketing students. Last year. she ran for state officer as part of the marketing program.

“I started my freshman year because the class sounded really interesting and my parents are really big in the whole, ‘this class will help you with management skills and everything you need to be a good leader,’” Bate said. “Then I got into DECA and that helped me become who I am now. I was really, really shy and I wouldn’t talk to anyone. Now I can lead a group and carry on a conversation. I’ve learned a lot about how to run a business and how money works. It’s taught me a lot,” Bate said

Bate said the application process for the scholars award with extensive, with lots of writing. But she had a lot to write about: she carries an unweighted 4.0 GPA, with a number of honors and AP classes; works for the Higley School district’s after-school program and competed at the national level with DECA the past two years.

With the nomination, Bate will apply in January for the national honor. If selected as one of 20 students from across the U.S., she will travel to Washington D.C.

After graduation in May, Bate plans to study education at Arizona State University, where she’s already received one scholarship.