Top seniors from 24 of the career-technical programs at the Wayne County Schools Career Center were recently honored by the Wayne Economic Development Council.

            Students received a congratulatory email from Principal Matt Brown containing a program and a link to a video message from Wayne County Commissioner and career center graduate Becky Foster. Certificates were mailed to students’ homes along with printed copies of the program. Students’ employers were sent a letter and a gift of thanks for supporting the career center and their students.

            Foster, one of the Career Center’s first Distinguished Alumni, spoke about the role career-technical education has played in her life. She emphasized that taking advantage of opportunities can be steppingstones saying, “If your employer offers higher training or college tuition reimbursement, consider taking it. You don’t have to be on a timeline… be patient, but little by little, it can pay off in the end.”

            Foster also noted the importance of community involvement stating, “Get involved with your employer, community and volunteer to help others. This will complete the full circle of growth for your life.”

            WEDC President Tom Pukys contributed encouraging words to the students saying, “You should feel confident that the work and accomplishments that you have demonstrated thus far will position you well for success.”

            Students receiving certificates of recognition were:


Ag Mechanics/Power Technologies, Kent Kindy of Smithville working for Rehm Farms, LLC

Animal Care & Management, Kayla Franks of Waynedale working for L&R Dairy Farm

Auto Technologies, Dakota Braddock of Wooster working for Pallotta Ford

Buildings & Grounds, Maxton Mosser of Wooster working for West View Healthy Living

Business, Lucas Boyer of Wooster working for Magni-Power Company

Construction Technologies, Blake Yates of Wooster working for Vince Mariola Construction

Cosmetology, Violet Smucker of Smithville working for Salon LaVish

Criminal Justice, Derek Johnson of Wooster working for Liberty Tactical

Dental Assisting, Alexis Williams of Waynedale working for Dr. James Gesiotto

Early Childhood Education & Care, Jenna Messner of Chippewa working for The Learning Academy

Electronics & Computer Networking, Kyle Rosenbaum of Smithville working for Wayne County Schools Career Center

Engineering Technologies, Kyle Sindlinger, Homeschooled working for Weaver Leather

Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, Ashlyn Wright of Dalton working for Midwest Health Services

Graphic Design & Photography, Christina Farnsworth of Waynedale working for Expert T’s

Hospitality, Nate Witmer of Dalton working for Sprenger Health Services

Interactive Media, Danielle Williams of Perry working for Ohio State University-Wooster Campus

Medical Assisting, Kayela Radford of Orrville working for FreshAire CPCP and Supplies

Patient Care Technologies, Angela Cancarevic of Chippewa working for Apostolic Nursing Home

Powerline Technologies, Kyle Badger of Northwestern working for Tempted Systems, LLC

Precision Machining, Sam Yoak of Chippewa working for Flohr Machine

Practical Nursing, Morgan Stephenson of West Holmes working for West View Healthy Living

Robotics & Automation, Braxton Freeman of Triway working for GOJO/RS&B

Truck Mechanics, Jacob Padilla of Chippewa working for Joe’s Garage

Welding Technologies, Wyatt Zimmerman of Orrville working for Ebner Furnaces, Inc.