High School News
Hannah Singleton, senior in Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center ‘s Graphic Communications program, missed being inducted into the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society on May 13 for a good reason. Singleton and thirteen of her fellow Graphic Communications students were in Tallmadge, OH, being honored by the Northeast Ohio Craftsman’s Club which is made up of graphic and image design professionals who annually recognize promising student work. Singleton from Loudonville, received a silver award for her poster created for the category of Child Abuse Awareness. For the other awards, click Read More.
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.
ACWHC's Early Childhood Education program graduated a dozen preschoolers on May 1st. Superintendent Mike McDaniel addressed the children and handed out their "diplomas." Following the graduation ceremony, the children enjoyed a balloon launch. For more photos, click High School Programs, Early Childhood Education, and Photo Gallery.
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.
What's so amusing to these ACWHCC people? Graphic Communications sponsored their annual Dunk Tank fundraiser to raise money for SkillsUSA contest fees and students lined up to purchase tickets to douse their favorite staff members. To see which administrators/staff members volunteered to be "dunkees" (and to see what happened to them!) click Photo Gallery and to watch the action click Video Gallery.
The third annual Dinner with the Teacher event was a roaring success attended by dozens of students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year along with their parents. The dinner gave parents and students a chance to ask questions and get acquainted with their students' next-year teacher.
Congratulations to the ACWHCC Adult Education Medical Assisting program on being granted ten more years of accreditation. For over a year teacher Margaret Dalton and her aide Heather Harrison collected, organized, and facilitated the extensive assembly of required documentation for their program audit. The audit occurred in October, 2013 when the audit team concluded their on-site review and reported no findings. The auditors shared that it is very uncommon for them to have no findings. Click Read More for the rest of the story.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) recently celebrated the importance of positive male role-models in childrens' lives. Children in the ECE preschool invited their fathers/grandfathers/guardians to join them for activities planned by students in the ECE program – an animal scavenger hunt, story time, fun activities, brunch, and simple science demonstrations by ACWHCC's Engineering and Design Technologies program.
Nicky, a police dog from the Ashland County Sheriff's Dept., visited the Early Childhood Education afternoon preschool. Nicky, born, raised, and trained in Czechoslovakia, lives and works with his Ashland County Deputy partner and handler. Preschoolers learned about police dogs and were allowed to pet Nicky who loves chilcren. For more photos of Nicky's visit, click High School Programs/Early Childhood Education/Photo Gallery.
Construction Tech students completed their community service project - 30 bookcases for the Ashland County "Bookcase for Every Child" initiative. This is the third year for ACWHCC Construction Tech students to give back to the community through this project. The bookcases will be given to local children along with a selection of books to encourage reading.
ACWHCC recently was an important stop on the five- school interview circuit of Kokosing Construction Co. Two Kokosing staff members spent a cold February morning interviewing ACWHCC students for summer jobs that may possibly lead to full time employment with the construction giant. Seven Construction Technology students applied and were chosen to be interviewed along with one student from the Power Equipment program. Of the eight, six students are juniors and two are seniors. For the rest of this article, click Read More.
Auto Tech instructor Jon Burkholder has been a leader in improving instruction and adapting to ever changing technologies in his 23 years at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center in addition to his activities to promote citizenship and community service in his students through being active in United Way and his church. Those were the main reasons cited when he was presented with the school’s 12th Distinguished Service Award at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday night (December 19). Photo: ACWHCC Board of Education president Wm Anderson (right) congratulates Jon Burkholder on his award. Click Read More for the rest of the story.
Seventeen-year old Jessica Berry displays the Tig welding certificate she received through the Adult Education Department at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center. Berry, a high school junior from Loudonville, is enrolled in the first-year Engineering and Design Technologies program at the Career Center and showed natural talent when her class spent a day in ACWHCC’s Adult Education welding lab. Photo: Adult Education Welding Instructor Jeff Jones (left) and Engineering and Design Technologies teacher Tom Close join Jessica in the welding lab. Click Read More for the rest of the story.
Since ACWHCC is a school of choice, Sophomore Showcase is an opportunity for sophomores from Ashland, Hillsdale, Loudonville, Mapleton, and West Holmes to scope out career technical education/programs for themselves. Photo: Engineering and Design Technology teacher Tom Close closely supervises a sophomore as he places an Engineering program-manufactured item into an acid bath. For more photos, click Photo Gallery. For more photos of a specific program, click High School Programs/the desired program/Photo Gallery.
ACWHCC congratulates senior students in the Cosmetology program who participated in the Ohio Association of Beauticians, Inc. Competition in Columbus on Nov. 25th. Winning second place in the Fantasy Body Art Competition was Rheanna Glass (West Holmes High School) with her model Kayla Evege (Ashland High School). In the Consumer Day Wear category, Stylist Sara Roberts (Ashland High School) took third place with her model Hope Thomas (Ashland High School). Brooke Trivette (Hillsdale) and Shawna May (West Holmes High School) also received a third place in the Ladies Team Competition with their model Haley Wheeler (Mapleton).
Eight-graders from area schools spent some of their pre-Thanksgiving vacation time visiting and learning firsthand about ACWHCC career-technical programs. When they are sophomores, these same students will have the option of choosing to attend ACWHCC as juniors to pursue a vocation that can put them ahead of the pack in the world of work or higher technical education. ACWHCC students took the lead for demonstrations in their respective areas of study. Photo: Some 8th graders get a peek at the Auto Body Technology paint booth in action. For more photos, click Photo Gallery.
When ACWHCC's Construction Trades program at West Holmes High School needed some extra bodies, who'd they call? ACWHCC's (on campus) Construction Technology program, of course. Construction Tech teacher John Staats volunteered his students to help raise the trusses on the West Holmes house so students there can get the house under roof before winter sets in. For more photos of the day's work, click High School Programs/Construction Tech/Photo Gallery or Constuction Trades/Photo Gallery.
Lunch was on Supt. McDaniel as he conducted his annual meeting with his ACWHCC Student Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of students from each program who are are brought together twice a year to let McDaniel know what ACWHCC is doing right - and wrong, from the students' perspective. The conversation was lively with Interact advisor Deb Gilson asking leading questions and students responding. Then students had the chance to bring up whatever concerns might not have been addressed already.
Students in the new Engineering Tech program spent a day learning about propulsion and some of Newton's Laws as they shot off liter bottle "rockets" in the field next to the school. They set a control and gathered various kinds of information about their launches in preparation for further study. Photo: Students prepare for rocket lift-off. For video of rocket launches, click Video Gallery on this page. For more photos go to High School Programs/Engineering Technologies/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.