Esther is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care from Wooster. She is the daughter of Jeff and Katie of Wooster. “Esther is one of the most talented student leaders that I have ever had the fortune of knowing,” said Deb McDonald, ECE instructor. “What makes Esther so special is her upbeat personality and her ability to make everyone feel important. Her smile is contagious and her energy is boundless.”
Esther is President of Student Leadership Council, a member of National Honor Society, a Career Center Student Ambassador, a member of Key Club, Drug Free Clubs of America, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Last year, she placed first at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America regionals and state, and received a perfect score and gold medal at nationals in Teach and Train. She is on the regional FCCLA executive council.
She takes her academic classes at Wayne College, works at the Barn Restaurant as hostess, is in tennis, track, speech and debate at Wooster, and still finds time to volunteer in her church.
After graduation, she plans to attend either Mount Vernon Nazarene University or Baldwin Wallace University, for a degree in communications, specializing in public relations.
Jordan is a senior in Criminal Justice from Wooster. He is the son of Tiffany of Wooster. “Jordan is one of the most polite persons you will ever meet,” said Warren Caskey, CJ instructor. “He works very hard at everything, always giving his best effort, and has the highest integrity. He is a compassionate person who likes to help others whenever and wherever there is a need.”
Jordan is President of both Key Club and National Honor Society, a SkillsUSA Leadership officer, a member of Student Leadership Council, on the Criminal Justice Honor Guard, a Student Ambassador, and was class president last year. He gives the high school announcements, and his team won 6th place at the Crime Scene Investigation SkillsUSA competition last year.
He is a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office explorer post. Following graduation, he is planning to enter the Air Force ROTC program at Kent State University, get a degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He also wants an additional degree in the Turkish language.
Maria is a senior in Culinary Arts from Triway. She is the daughter of Timothy and Helena (Helena is one of our English teachers), of Shreve. “Maria is a self-motivated student leader who puts the team before her personal needs,” said Andrew Arko, Culinary instructor. “She understands that nothing is given to you; you have to work for it.”
Maria is a Student Ambassador, a member of National Honor Society, and the winner of 3 culinary competitions last year: Culinary Affair with Pork, the Ohio Culinary Invitational, and the Asian Fling Competition at the Wayne County Care Center.
She works at City Square Steakhouse in Wooster as a line cook, food runner and buser. Kevin Lambs, the manager, said, “Is there any of your friends that we can hire who work as hard as you?”
At Triway, Maria is in marching band, track and field, and was an outdoor education counselor. She was a service leader at her church and still volunteers there, was in concert band, and enjoys yoga at Flex Yoga.
Her plans after graduation include attending Johnson & Wales University for a degree in culinary nutrition.
Kristopher is a junior in Engineering Technologies at Orrville High School, but hails from Triway. He is the son of Michael of Wooster. “Kris has proven to be a positive individual and his can-do attitude has been reflected in his work and projects,” said Bill Peters, Engineering instructor. “He has illustrated strong leadership, commitment, goal-setting, dedication, time management and responsibility.”
Kristopher is a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, and also works at City Square Steakhouse in Wooster as a support staff member. “Kris has a great attitude and strong work ethic,” said Brad Beuns, assistant general manager. “He is a true model employee for his position.”
Kris is in wrestling at Triway, and also volunteers as a youth wrestling coach.
After graduation, he plans to attend either Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, or Ohio Northern University, to earn a degree in mechanical engineering. He would like to explore the United State, and possibly abroad.
Katie is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care from Dalton, the daughter of Tammy of Wooster.
“Katie is a very responsible student who willingly does what is asked, and then does even more,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “She is self-motivated and always works ahead of schedules.”
She is a member of National Honor Society, a Career Center Student Ambassador, a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, was a regional and state Gold medal winner at FCCLA contests as a junior, and is a member of Key Club and Prom Committee. She plans to obtain her Child Development Associate certification before she leaves high school.
She works at Kraus’ Pizza in Dalton. “Katie is a hard worker and very dependable,” said Karen Starkey. “I can always count on her.”
At Dalton, she was in softball, the spring musical, and choir. She also volunteered with the Wooster Arts and Jazz Festival in the kid’s tent, helped at the Rogues Hollow festival, and with the nursery at her church.
After graduation, she plans to attend North Central State College for an associate degree in early childhood education, and eventually teach in grades K-3. After moving to Tennessee, she wants to obtain her bachelor’s degree to teach grades K-8.
Autumn is a junior in Medical Assisting, the daughter of Beth of Dalton.
“Autumn has done an exceptional job,” said Medical Assisting instructor Keri Merickel. “She is an amazing young lady, who is very active in Health Occupations Students of America.”
Autumn is treasurer of her class, and works at El Don Cocina Mexicana, a Mexican Restaurant in Navarre, as hostess. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America, and plans to go to college to become a medical lab technician.
Daylea is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care, the daughter of Dayne and Christy of Smithville.
“Daylea has a natural talent working with young children,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “Her creative abilities and enthusiasm draw children to her.”
She is a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, was a regional, state and national Gold medal winner at FCCLA contests as a junior, and is a member of Drug Free Clubs of America.
She works at Hartzler Family Dairy and at the Daily Record. At Smithville, she is in soccer, softball, drama, is a volunteer at Grace Church preschool and the Red Cross Festival of Trees. After graduation, she plans to attend North Central State College to get her associate degree, and continue at The Ohio State University for her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
Colton is a senior in Truck Mechanics, the son of Greg and Tiffany of Wooster.
“Colton is a very dependable student,” said instructor John Smucker. “He is very well liked by his peers. He is always the first to help out when asked.”
Colton is a member of SkillsUSA, Drug Free Clubs of America, is class president, and a Career Center Student Ambassador. He works at Town & Country CO-OP as a laborer, working to be a driver for them. “Colton is a dependable and knowledgeable employee,” said Sam Bradenburg.
Colton enjoys working on his 1968 Chevy Pickup truck, four-wheeling, and camping with his family and friends. His goal is to get his CDL, and have a full time job driving trucks.
Elizabeth is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care, the daughter of Joe and Kendra of Rittman. She is enrolled in the Ohio Connections Academy, where she is a member of its National Honor Society. She also takes classes at Wayne College.
“Elizabeth possesses a degree of maturity beyond her teenage years,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “She is dedicated to improving the lives of young children, and is skilled in teaching and reaching each child.”
She was on the High Honor Roll all last year, a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, won a gold rating in curriculum unit development in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition. She received a Certificate of Achievement as a junior.
She works at Ramsier’s Willow Spring Farm as an assistant. “She works independently, and always willing for the next job,” said Joe Ramsier. “She does a good job caring about the animals.”
She volunteers at the Apostolic Christian Harvest Call center, sings for the elderly, and serves tea and coffee at the Christian Village three times a year. She is trained in QPR Suicide prevention. She makes and sells sticker puzzles, currently having three puzzles on the market; she teaches piano lessons.
After graduation, she plans to graduate with her Child Development Associate credential, then complete her associate degree in Early Childhood Education at North Central State College.
Dylan is a senior in Welding Technologies, the son of Keith and Deborah of Burbank.
“Dylan is a model student who is eager to learn,” said welding instructor Jeff Mehling. “He is a very talented and skilled welder, and a team player who works well with others. He has perfected his welding skills in a very short time.”
Dylan is a Career Center Ambassador, president of his welding class, a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, on the honor roll, and has perfect attendance.
At Northwestern, he is in wrestling, cross country, and volunteers to help at youth wrestling practices. After graduation, he plans to continue his career in welding and possibly wrestle at the college level.
Mary is a senior in Powerline Technologies, the daughter of Brade and Amy of West Salem.
“Mary is a hard worker, always willing to help students and staff,” said Powerline instructor Rich Grimes. “She makes sure she does her work correctly and neatly in lab.” She was also nominated by front office manager Dale Tackett. “Mary works as an office aide, and does an amazing job for us. She does anything we ask her to do, no questions asked. She is very courteous to visitors and keeps things she hears confidential. She exhibits what a student of the month should be: someone willing to help out where needed, friendly, wanting to stay busy and really just an all-around great student.”
Mary is a Career Center Ambassador, on the honor roll, OSHA certified and a member of Drug Free Clubs of America. She also works at McDonalds as a crew member, is in Congress 4-H club, and has helped coach Upward basketball for fifth and sixth grade boys at her church for three years.
After she graduates, she would like to start working with her stepdad in Farner Brothers, doing plumbing, heating and electrical work. She also wants to save up money for college.
Noah is a junior in Engineering Technologies, the son of Mark of Massillon and Amy of Creston.
“Noah is a positive individual and his can-do attitude has been reflected in his work and projects,” said Engineering instructor Bill Peters. “He has illustrated strong leadership, commitment, goal-setting, dedication, time management and responsibility. He works well with others and is the first in class daily.”
Noah is class vice president, on the honor roll and a member of Drug Free Clubs of America. At Norwayne, he is in marching band, drama, tech department and volunteers in the school kitchen. He also works at Buehler’s as a bagger and student clerk. “Noah is a very responsible and reliable employee,” said Tracey Swinehart, front end manager at Buehler’s Milltown.
Noah plans to attend the University of Akron, majoring in mechanical engineering and possibly minor in electrical, then become an engineer.
Victoria is a senior in Electronics & Computer Networking, the daughter of Michael of Mt. Vernon and Kristine of Burbank.
“Victoria demonstrates a professional attitude, appearance, and is well respected by her peers,” said Electronics instructor Gary Wimer. “She completes all assigned tasks, and demonstrates good leadership skills.”
She is a Career Center Ambassador, member of Drug Free Clubs of America, has won two A-Game Awards, three Class Act Awards, and is on the honor roll. She competed in this year’s SkillsUSA math competition. She works for the Village of Creston as their IT person. “She is very quick and efficient,” said fiscal officer Pam Hostetler. “She is eager to work.”
She is in the computer programming club at Norwayne, and does ministry work as well. After graduation, she would like to continue working for the village, and get a second job in electronics.
Hailey is a junior in Interactive Media, the daughter of Michael and Toni of Doylestown. “Hailey is an impressive young lady who is self-motivated and a proven leader among her peers,” said Interactive Media instructor Jen Rue. “Her passion for education shows daily. She encourages and motivates students to be all they can be in a kind and compassionate way.”
She is president of Business Professionals of America and the Interactive Media class, and on the BPA regional officer team. She attended the fall leadership conference, is an Ohio Business Professionals of America voting delegate, and won first place in presentation management at the regional contest, advancing to state.
Hailey is a member of Student Leadership Council, Drug Free Clubs of America, and Key Club, and works at McDonald’s as a crew member. She is on the honor roll, and received an A-Game All Star award for Ambition this year.
At Chippewa, she is a varsity cheerleader, winter guard, color guard, in marching and concert bands, and drama club.
After graduating, she plans to attend a four-year university, with a double major in marketing and multimedia and graphic design.
Michaela is a senior in Practical Nursing, the daughter of Pete and Kirsten of Doylestown.
“Michaela is a fantastic student,” said Practical Nursing instructor Pamela Vorkapich. “She studies very hard and it shows. She also works about 30 hours a week at the nursing home, and always has her homework done. Her patients love and enjoy her. She has been team leader in lab and at clinicals.”
Michaela is a member of SkillsUSA, Drug Free Clubs of America, is class secretary, and won an A-Game All Star award for Accountability this year. She works at Doylestown Health Care Center as an STNA, where she was Employee of the Month. “Michaela is an excellent nursing assistant and an exceptional employee,” said administrator Paul Deutch.
She volunteered for the Doylestown food drive and Bible education. She has already been accepted to the University of Akron to obtain her BSN in nursing. She plans to work as an RN in a hospital emergency room or as Director of Nursing at a geriatric facility.
Lane is a senior in Precision Machining, the son of Jerry and Michelle of Orrville.
“Lane has demonstrated great leadership skills,” said Precision Machining instructor Bruce Steiner. “He is an articulate speaker who is polite and professional as he strives to be a solid role model to his peers. He oversees fundraising events, sophomore visitations, open house and a canned food drive for SkillsUSA and Key Club. His leadership skills and strong character will serve as his guide in the coming years.”
Lane is president of his class, a Career Center Ambassador, and a member of Student Leadership council and SkillsUSA. H received an A-Game All-Star award for Ambition this year. He works at Will-Burt in Orrville as a CNC Machinist.
At Orrville, he played football, and was in Explorer Post 140 of the Wooster Township Fire Department, where he participated in many volunteer projects. He has enlisted in the US Army, and is enthusiastic to serve his country, learn new skills, and meet people from other cultures.
Elijah is a senior in Construction Technologies, the son of Kenneth of Apple Creek.
“Eli is a model student,” said Construction Tech instructor Rod Martell. “He always tries to do his best. He constantly tries to get better and gain knowledge in the construction trade. He has self-taught himself to use our CNC router.”
He is a member of SkillsUSA, Drug Free Clubs of America, has been on the merit roll and received an A-Game All Star award for Attitude this year. He works at McDonald’s as a crew member.
Elijah is active in his church youth group, wrestled at Waynedale during his freshman and sophomore years, and rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas last year.
After graduation, he plans on going to the Wayne County fire school for Firefighter One training.
Samuel is a junior in Engineering Technologies, the son of Brian and Kristen of Orrville.
“Sam has proven to be a very positive individual, and his can-do attitude has been reflected in his work and projects,” said Engineering instructor Bill Peters. “He has illustrated leadership, commitment, goal-setting, dedication, time management and responsibility.”
Sam is on the high honor roll with All A’s, and has perfect attendance. He is a member of the SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl team that competed at state last week. (give results here if the team placed).
He is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Orrville YMCA. “Sam is always prompt and reliable,” said Vickey Syme, aquatic director. “He does a fantastic job mentoring and teaching swim lessons.”
Sam is a member of National Honor Society, captain of the Orrville soccer team, a scholar athlete of both the soccer and swim teams, Science Olympiad member, in student council, and helps coach youth soccer.
After graduation, he plans to attend college to become a biomedical engineer.
Adam is a junior in Practical Nursing, the son of Todd and Julie of Orrville.
“Adam is very kind and considerate of others,” said Practical Nursing instructor Pamela Vorkapich. “His patients think highly of Adam. He demonstrates excellent qualities of a nurse.”
Adam is a member of SkillsUSA, Drug Free Clubs of America and shows horses. He works as a farmhand at Ken Wenger’s farm. He is on the high honor roll, with all A’s.
After graduation, he plans to become an RN, get his Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and work in an emergency room.
Makenzie is a senior in Early Childhood Education & Care, the daughter of Eric and Shayna of Rittman.
“Makenzie is a thoughtful, dedicated student who completes tasks independently,” said Early Childhood Education instructor Debra McDonald. “She sets high goals for herself and works hard to obtain them.”
She works at East of Chicago Pizza in Rittman. Owners Jay and Sue Craig said, “Makenzie is a reliable worker who we can count on to get the job done.”
She is secretary of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, won a gold medal at regionals in Illustrated Talk, and will be competing at state in late April. Last year at state, she received a gold medal in curriculum unit development.
Makenzie is a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, Key Club, secretary of Student Leadership Council, National Honor Society, and won an A-Game Award for Appearance. She also volunteers with the Girl Scouts.
She plans to get her Child Development Associate certification, be employed at a child care center, and attend the University of Akron to become an English teacher.
Brice is a senior in Electronics & Computer Networking, the son of Lee and Carol of Rittman.
“Brice demonstrates a very positive attitude and is well respected by his peers,” said Electronics instructor Gary Wimer. “He demonstrates good leadership skills and is always willing to go out of his way to help his fellow students.”
Brice is a Student Ambassador, a member of Drug Free Clubs of America and SkillsUSA, and is on the honor roll. He works at Baja West Coast Kitchen in Orrville as a cook. “Brice is a very hardworking and dedicated individual who cares a lot about his job, said Kyle Bolyard, his shift supervisor.
He played baseball for two years and wrestled for Rittman, winning many wrestling medals. He also participated in Science Olympiad. After graduation, he plans to join the US Air Force and get a degree in electrical engineering.