Student Stars: Local students among Skilled Trades Academy graduates

Press Staff Writer

        The Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC) held their inaugural graduation ceremony for the Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy (STA) on May 18 at the Ottawa County Resource Center in Oak Harbor.
        The 10 graduates, their parents and family, local high school administrators, representatives from OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County, Northwest State Community College administration and instructors, and members of the Ottawa County BAC were in attendance.
        The graduating STA students received their MSSC CPT certificates, which they completed throughout the program year, as well as additional certifications in an OSHA 10-hour course and CPR/AED training.
        Among the graduates were:
        • Trevor Wasserman, Genoa High School;
        • Parker Audiano, Oak Harbor High School;
        • Caleb Rains, Oak Harbor High School;
        • Marc Spindler III, Oak Harbor High School;
        • Colby Pendleton, Woodmore High School.
        Ken Williams, president of the Ottawa County BAC, introduced Dr. Todd Hernandez, who congratulated the students and emphasized why the skilled trades are an important piece of America’s workforce.
        Bill Hutchisson, STA instructor, spoke about the program year and all that the students had accomplished, including virtual classroom instruction from Northwest State’s Core Manufacturing & Logistics Skills (CMLS) Program curriculum and in-person hands-on lab activities. The students participated in team building exercises, learned common measurement systems and precision measurement tools, performed safety inspections, equipment setup, performed preventive maintenance and repair, and more.
        Prior to the graduation ceremony, local business representatives from Ohler & Holzhauer, Gill Construction, Port Clinton Manufacturing, LEWCO and Northern Manufacturing met with the STA students to talk about career opportunities in the skilled trades and what employers are looking for from potential candidates.
        The BAC initiative is funded through the support of the Ottawa County Community Foundation.
        For more information about the Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy, visit
Academic honors        
        Baldwin Wallace University: Reese Wamer of Oregon.
        Bowling Green State University: Alannah Graves, X’Zandra Tammerine, Feliciana Garza, Summer Schmittling, Aislinn Bill, of Toledo;
        Jared Lutz, Paige McNutt, Colton Campbell, Eric Shrewsberry, Anna Giller, Andrew Duwve, Madison Dykema, Olivia Hymore, Greyson Perry, McKenna Owens, Grace Dollarhide, Sapphira Pack, Madison Kelly, Cameron Cordell, Tod Gyurke, of Oregon;
        Kirsten Zink, Olivia Matlack, Mary Wires, Noah Smith, April Gargac, Grace Blandin, of Northwood; Emma Lau, Brandon Trumbull, Kendall Gerke, Nicholas Tipton, Mya Burns, Kyle Myrice, of Curtice;
        Shayne Nissen, of Clay Center; Isabella Sanchez, Bree Rosenberger, Allison Schultze, Annalisa Claus, of Elmore;
        Colton Snow, Lillian Reimer, Mackenzie Huss, Mason Hogan, Breanna Curtis, Quentin Brown, Morgan Anderson, Morgan Perkins, Ashley Greene, Zachary Szepiela, Gary Goodman, Grant Goodman, Amanda Partin, Adeline Linker, of Genoa;
        Rebecca Morelock, Darren Widmer, Hunter Smith, Jordon Egbert, Olivia Sevits, Scarlet Sevits, Nathan Tornow, Carter Ash, Emma Stout, of Gibsonburg; Allyson Bloomer, of Graytown; Taylor Timmons, Jeanne Dyer, of Helena;   Hayley Timbrook, of Lindsey; Helena Katakis, Isabella Patchett, Jessica Stewart, Nathan Jacobs, Seth Welch, Jason Ernsthausen, Margaret Cochrane, Jordan Davidson, Taylor Wilkins, Amanda Withrow, Kelsie Cancelliere, of Luckey;  Molly Dresser, Colleen Traver, Mackenzie Schmidt, Madelyn Buehler, Sabrina Klavinger, of Martin;
        Chantel Benjamin, Sara Wadsworth, Starra Halter, Hunter Walters, Samantha Partin, Marianna Heninger, Delaney Bee, Clair Johns, Megan Dufresne, Matthew Lowry, of Millbury;
        Kyleigh Pluto, Hannah Wyble, Joshua Clark, Bethann Ambrozy, Jessy Oestreich, Anna Dedes, Abigail Dornbusch, Rachel Rayburn, Xavier Gschwind, Kaytlynn Sandwisch, Shelby Leigh, Cy Franck, William Alford, Kristen Lorentz, of Oak Harbor;
        Tori Martin, Natalie Nieschwitz, Renee Appelhans, Julissa Hernandez, Anna Gudakunst, Emily Bolton, Tyler Ruck, Danielle Bruning, Madison Finley, Katelyn Konecny, Rory Farmer, Mary Cathers, Paul Cathers, of Pemberville;
        Chloe Kadas, Samantha Hastings, Ally Goetz, Lawrence Wamer, Christie Swartz, Elizabeth Swartz, Aubrey Kunkleman, of Walbridge;
        Haley Zywiczynski, John Mills, Justin Schiets, Joseph Emerine, Elizabeth Witt, Mason Frantz, Emma Melter, Joy Ruetz, Allison Lucas, Jacob Johlin, of Woodville.
        Coastal Carolina University: Melissa Lincoln, of Northwood.
        University of Findlay: Madison Arquette, Logan Barshel, Christian Orr, Olivia Morrison, of Oregon; Emma Hansen, Lisa Martinez, of Curtice;
        Anna Youngless, of Elmore; Katelyn Kolkemeyer, of Gibsonburg; Morgan Kuhlman, of Millbury; Christine Bolen, Logan Harris, of Oak Harbor; Elijah Garza, Abigail Schroeder, Abigail Wagner of Pemberville; Makayla Throop, Ava Wasserman, of Woodville.
        Ohio University: Heylea Allan, Emily Dickens, Bailey Graver, Alyssa Heck, Dom O’Korn, Payton Rigg, Oscar Sanchez, of Oregon; Julia Tucker, of Northwood; Maisy DeWitt, Brenna Nye, of Curtice;
        Taylor Beard, Daniel Bollin, Kennedee Weirich, Anna Zeitzheim, Oak Harbor; Ryan Walsh, of Walbridge.
        Ohio Wesleyan University: Olivia Anderson, of Toledo; Brooke Hoffman, of Oregon.
        Southern New Hampshire University: Toni Turner, of Toledo; Jason Roberts, of Gibsonburg, Evan Slates, of Pemberville; Drew Fancher, of Walbridge.
        University of Mount Union: Alissa Loving, of Northwood; Madelyn Williams, of Elmore.
        University of WisconsinGreen Bay: Shannon Coughlin, Oregon.
        Baldwin Wallace University: Trevor Scherf, of Graytown.
        Ohio Wesleyan: Madison Valentine, of Northwood.
Novak recognized
        Jacob Novak, of Oregon, is one of 152 Baldwin Wallace University student-athletes to be recognized as Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference.
        In order to be selected as Academic All-OAC, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, maintain varsity status and have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA. A student-athlete may only receive Academic All-OAC on three occasions.
Penta students earn
STRIVE scholarships

        Several seniors from Penta Career Center spent the entire 2020-21 school year participating in the Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education (STRIVE) program through a collaborative effort between the Perrysburg Rotary Club and Penta.
        Their reward for successfully participating in the program were scholarships totaling nearly $4,000 from the Perrysburg Rotary Club.
        Among scholarships recipients were Chelsea Blue (Woodmore), Firefighter - $300; Demond Marks (Northwood), Early Childhood Education - $150; Allayna McKee (Lake), Digital Arts & Design - $400; Hailea Pruitt (Lake), Digital Arts & Design - $300 and Calleigh Smarkel (Oak Harbor), Small Animal Care - $300.
        STRIVE is a program of Rotary International which has been adopted by the Perrysburg Rotary Club. The mission of STRIVE is to provide educational assistance and encouragement to high school students with the goal of improving their grades, attitudes and attendance during their senior year.
        The Penta students attended monthly meetings with Rotary Club members and participated in mentoring activities.
Since 2001, the Perrysburg Rotary Service Foundation has awarded more than 350 scholarships totaling more than $105,000 to Penta students through the STRIVE program.
        STRIVE is coordinated by Laura Moore, from the Perrysburg Rotary Club, with the assistance of Rachel Bernhard, assistant supervisor of Student Affairs at Penta Career Center.
R.C. Waters May
Top Class Dojo winners

        R.C. Waters Elementary participates in a school-wide initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) – a process for creating safer and more effective schools by allowing a safe and productive learning environment.
        The school has adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior. The unified classroom expectations, found in every classroom and non-classroom settings in the school, include Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready.
        Student behavior is documented using a tool called ClassDojo, a free behavior tracking system that reinforces positive behaviors and quickly engages students in becoming accountable for their own choices. On a scheduled rotation, students are able to “shop” from the Dojo reward cart using the points they have earned for meeting the behavior expectations.
        Top Class Dojo winners for May included:
        Kindergarten: Jase Chambers, Tucker Wittman, Lincoln Greer, Kash Myerholtz, Beau Baumgartner, Cylus Kitchin, Grace Brewster and Adyson Heminger.
        First grade: Mia Seigler, Malachai Monhollen, Weston DeLeon, Beckett Sweet, Maisyn McRitchie and Logan Carroll.
        Second grade: Shelby Cook, Westin Bolen, Ben Avery, Braxton Wahlers, Conner Chavarria, Mason Kline, Khloe Welch, Avery Alcala, Philip Kreager and Scotty Meckfessel.
        Third grade: Skylar Dinan, Cienna Ryf, Myah Donalds, Aleesia Densic, Wyatt Cook, Brody Knopp, Brenden Lawless, Christopher Kurtz, Isaiah McBee and Greyson Leist.
Several Penta Career Center seniors were awarded scholarships through their participation in the Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education (STRIVE) program, a collaborative effort between the school and the Perrysburg Rotary Club. (Submitted photo)


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