The Clarion County Career Center held its annual Senior Recognition Program on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
The annual Senior Recognition program was held on Thursday, May 23rd at the Clarion Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium. The Class of 2019 had 106 seniors who were recognized at the awards ceremony. Doug Mays, Interim Director of the Career Center, led the event as the Master of Ceremony. The program began with the National Anthem, which was performed by soloist, Lauren Skelley.
Forty-three students were recognized for achieving an Advanced score on the NOCTI exam. NOCTI is a performance assessment which allows students to demonstrate their acquired skills by completing actual jobs using the tools, materials, machines and equipment required in their program/occupation.
Top seniors of each program were selected by their Instructors. They were awarded $200 and in some cases, additional prizes related to their program. Top seniors were:
- Morgan Bish – Allied Health (Clarion-Limestone)
- Kolton Bish – Automotive (Redbank Valley)
- Lucy Kline – Culinary Arts (Clarion Area)
- Seth Weber – Computer Networking (Keystone)
- Sarah Zeigler – Cosmetology (Clarion Area)
- Joseph Dehart – Construction (A-C Valley)
- Ian Jordan – Diesel (A-C Valley)
- Jason Smith – Police Science (Redbank Valley)
- Jonathan Sherwin – Welding (A-C Valley)
Pat Kahle, President of Zacherl Motors, was in attendance and announced during the ceremony the recipient of the Michael & Marie Zacherl Outstanding Diesel Technology Student award – Ian Jordan (A-C Valley).
Fred Port from the Clarion Rotary was on hand to present the Thomas B. Burkhardt Rotary Scholarship Award to: Robert Schick (Keystone) who attended the Automotive Technology program. Mr. Burkhardt was a teacher at the Career Center, as well as an honored member of the Rotary at the time of his death. This scholarship is presented annually to the graduating cooperative education senior who best displays exemplary achievement on the job site. An additional Rotary District 7280 Outstanding Vocational Student award was also presented by Mr. Port to Chase Kline in Welding & Fabrication (Union).
Family members of Mary Kay Hartle: Jim Hartle (husband) and Kathy Smerkar (daughter) presented the Most Outstanding Student award to Jonathan Sherwin (A-C Valley) in Welding & Fabrication. The award is presented in memory of Mary Kay, a Health Assistant Instructor from 1976-1990. Mary Kay is remembered for her motto of “Make Today Count”, which is printed on the award to allow Mary Kay to pass along that thought to others.
The Ron Perry Volunteerism Award was presented by Mrs. Melissa Fetzer (Ron’s daughter) to Jessica Finland (Keystone) who attended the Cosmetology program. Ron Perry served for many years on the school’s Joint Operating Committee, as well as volunteering his time to participate in many community activities. The JOC supports this award to recognize a student who follows Ron’s example by volunteering their time to support their community.
The Odd Fellows Home of Western PA provided a Citizenship scholarship for “Continuing Education” which was presented to Joshua Thompson (Automotive Technology/Redbank Valley).
Mr. Paul Bell, Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association presented Construction student, Joseph Dehart with a $200 PBA Outstanding Student award and a Milwaukee Power drill. Also, Construction students Levi Walker (A-C Valley) and Jakob Wareham (Clarion-Limestone) were awarded tools from Marshalltown Tools.
The following students were recognized for their plans to enter the military after graduation: Alexander Stitt – USAF; Brandin Dull – Army; Donald Dunkle – Army; Brylea Theiss – Army Reserve; Drake Knopp – US Navy; Kolton Beight – Army; Caleb Snyder – USAF; Theodore Lessner – Marines; Jason Smith – Army; Josie Rupp – USAF. The Career Center thanks these students in advance for their service.
The Career Center staff and Joint Operating Committee wish the Class of 2019 the best of luck in their future.