High School News
ACWHCC students were surprised at the end of the first two weeks of school as ACWHCC teachers threw a "thank-you-for-a-great-start" party when the first bell rang. Dozens of luscious glazed treats were consumed along with gallons of milk and juice as teachers treated students in appreciation for their cooperation in a great start to the school year. For more photos of the fun, click Photo Gallery.
ACWHCC's Early Childhood Education preschool program is now enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Get application forms for your 3 - 5 -year olds at ACWHCC in time for preschool orientation on Tuesday, September 16. ACWHCC's preschool program follows the Ohio Department of Education State Standards. Preschoolers attend a morning or afternoon session three days/week, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Morning session - 9 - 11 AM (3 & 4-year olds) and afternoon session - 12:15 - 2:15 PM (4 & 5 yr- olds).
First full day of preschool is Wednesday, September 17.
Students and parents flooded the ACWHCC Commons for the New Student Orientation on Thursday night. Parents learned about ACWHCC rules and standards while students visited their program classrooms/labs. For more photos, click Photo Gallery.
ACWHCC's first summer camp with a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focus has ended and the organizers are already looking toward next year's camp. Thirty-nine middle schoolers spent three days learning about construction (popsicle stick bridges and lashing), compass reading, creative problem solving, duct tape/cardboard boat building, plus lots of other fun activities at the Zupan farm in northern Ashland County. For pictures, click Photo Gallery. For video, click Video Gallery.
The Adult Education Department recognized over one hundred graduates of its various programs at a ceremony on May 21st. Students were honored for their career development completion achievements including the Adult Basic and Literacy Education students who received their GED this past year.
Photo: Former Medical Assisting instructor Carol Hale, current instructor Margaret Dalton, and assistant instructor and former graduate Heather Harrison pose with this year's recipient of the Carol Hale Award.
Seniors said good-bye to ACWHCC at the 2014 Senior Farewell Assembly on May 22nd. One hundred thirteen students completed their career technical education and received their Career Passports in front of a large crowd of family and friends in the ACWHCC Commons. Graduates hailed from the five "home schools" and also from Ashland County Community Academy and from surrounding districts such as Mansfield Senior, Lucas, Black River, etc. For photos of the day's festivities, click Photo Gallery. Photo: Brittany Workman, Health Technologies Cluster, was named Student of the Year.
Though other commitments, sports, and jobs kept a number of deserving honorees away, ACWHCC recognized all of them at the annual Student Awards & Recognition night. Three new members were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, joining two seniors who were inducted last year. Other awards were passed out including three for Outstanding Technical Achievement, eight perfect attendance awards for this school year, student activity awards, and fifteen Students of the Month. Forty students were recognized for achieving honor roll status for three of the four grading periods. Photo: National Technical Honor Society members for 2014. Absent was senior Hannah Singleton who was receiving an award elsewhere. For more photos of the evening event, click Photo Gallery.
Ed McGinnis, former administrator and guidance counselor at ACWHCC, was honored with the prestigious Pentagon Award at ACWHCC's annual Awards & Recognition night. McGinnis, ironically, was the person who conceived the idea of the Pentagon award twenty years ago and this time he was on the receiving end for his outstanding contributions to the school through the years. McGinnis was one of the first employees when ACWHCC opened 41 years ago and has spent 50 years in education.
Also honored was ACWHCC Outstanding Alumnus Dewey J. Meyer who was a student during McGinnis' tenure in the building. Meyer, who was unable to attend, is a successful farmer in the Ashland area with a dairy and a booming hatchery business that ships world-wide.
Special staff members were recognized at ACWHCC's annual Awards & Recognition night on May 13th.
Principal Rod Cheyney handed out the award to Secondary Educator of the Year Mary Ritz who teaches Consumer Economics. Cheyney praised Ritz for setting a good example for new teachers. Also honored was Staff Support Person of the Year Christine Hootman who Cheyney noted is one who has worn hats both as a classroom aide and as a custodial support person.
Adult Education Director Mrs. Melisa Carr honored the Adult Educator of the Year, Deanna Reynolds, Dental Assisting instructor. Reynolds has been with the Adult Education Department since 2010.
For photos of all honorees, click Photo Gallery
A second class of ACWHCC Bioscience students has collected their associate degrees in Bioscience at North Central State College as result of the College-NOW program. ACWHCC and NCSC collaborate in offering ACWHCC students college-level classes while they complete their high school program.
ACWHCC seniors had all their ducks in a row to present their final projects which included a research paper and an oral presentation. The projects were graded by community judges who came from various areas of expertise and also by academic teachers. Photo: This student in Auto Body Technology worked with fiberglass to repair an automobile hood and she also painted the finished project. For more photos, click Photo Gallery.
ACWHCC offers many different Tech Prep career-technical programs for students who are interested in a career plus the opportunity to earn college credits. Photo: Taken for the Annual Career Technical Education All-Ohio Conference Committee, this photo shows ACWHCC students in the uniforms of their various programs. The photo will be put into a video and shared at the All Ohio Conference this summer and at future events.