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Retirement Reception/Employee Service Awards

Four County Career Center held their annual Retirement Reception and Employee Service Awards honoring staff members for years of service to the school district.

Words of appreciation were given by Superintendent Tim Meister and a plaque was presented to Teresa Karnes thanking her for her thirty-three years of dedication to the school as she retires from Four County Career Center. Teresa was the Guidance Secretary at the Career Center.

Those recognized for years of service include:
Five years - Christine Badenhop, Media Center-Library; Courtney Bowers, Intervention Specialist; Jason Elston, Ag/Diesel Mechanics Instructor; Curtis Hedrick, Technical Specialist; Linda Loeffler, Adult Education Secretary; Tim Meister, Superintendent; Brittany Rohda, Math Instructor.
Ten years - Jason Blue, Social Studies Instructor; Terry Eis, Supervisor Building & Grounds; Melanie Fox, Job Coach; Donald Hammersmith, Ag Education Instructor; Rebecca Lee, English Instructor; Michele Nafziger, GRADS Instructor; Elaine Perdue, Cafeteria; Stephanie Pippin, Veterinarian Assistant Instructor; Cathy Rupp, Career-Technical Supervisor; Sheila Sauber, Custodian.
Fifteen years - Renee Barton, Assistant Treasurer; Lisa Habibi, English Instructor; Gabe Oberlin, Horticulture Instructor; Lisa Snyder, Warehouse Specialist; Morgan Weber, Science Instructor; Scott Williams, Electrical Instructor; Angela Woods, Math Instructor.
Twenty years - James Buchholz, Visual Art & Design Instructor; Vickie Knapke, Math Instructor; Karen Walker, Health Careers Instructor; Kelly Weyant, Computer Applications Instructor.
Twenty-five years - Tim Armitage, Specialized Mechatronics & Robitics Technology Instructor; Amy Haver, English Instructor.
Thirty years - Bruce Magill, Auto Technology Instructor.

Senior Recognition Day Ceremony

Four hundred nineteen seniors were awarded certificates along with other student achievements and Career Passports marking the end of their career and technical training during Four County Career Center’s 48th annual Recognition Day Ceremony with over 1,800 parents and guests in attendance.

Career and Technical Education Director Rick Bachman was Presiding Chairman of the ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Abigail Weller (Napoleon) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, accompanied by the Armed Services Recruiters and seniors enlisted in the armed services. Superintendent Tim Meister introduced Board of Education members. Mason Locke (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, and Taylor Snyder (Liberty Center) Early Childhood Education, announced student achievement activities. Guest speakers for the Recognition Day Ceremony were senior students Kathariena Foster (Hilltop) Health Careers, Anastacia Hite (Delta) Visual Art & Design, Jaryd Hobbs (Archbold) Automotive Technologies, and James Branham (Edgerton) Welding Fabrication.

Forty-five students were named Outstanding Seniors for exemplary performance in their career and technical and academic programs and presented with award plaques by their department supervisors. Awards and scholarship monies of over $616,000 to be used to further students’ education at community colleges and universities were also awarded during the ceremony.

Students receiving awards from Defiance county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Matthew Carpenter (Fairview) Building Trades/Carpentry; Michael Beck (Fairview) Social Studies; Mercedes Ridgway (Hicksville) English; Kirsten Rinebolt (Hicksville) Industrial Services; Salvador Sanchez (Defiance) Work Transition; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Evan Shininger (Fairview) Agriculture Diesel Mechanics; Austin Karzynow (Fairview) HVAC and Plumbing; Gage Bergeon (Ayersville) Computer Networking & Repair; and Robert Wachtman (Tinora) Calculus.


Students receiving awards from Fulton county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Anastacia Hite (Delta) Visual Art and Design; Rachelle Wyse (Archbold) Culinary Arts Management; Paige Blad (Fayette) Veterinarian Assistant; Jared Fahrer (Evergreen) Diesel Mechanics; Alexa Martinez (Wauseon) English; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jared Blosser (Wauseon) English and Government; Jaryd Hobbs (Archbold) Automotive Technologies; Kaitlyn Couts (Wauseon) Cosmetology; and Andrew Wyse (Archbold) Powersports. Absent from the photo are Noah Gackenbach (Pettisville) Automotive Technologies; Lane Heck (Delta) Chemistry and American Government; and Ariel Thebeau (Delta) Medical Office Technologies.

Students receiving awards from Henry county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Abigail Weller (Napoleon) English and Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Jesse Fonseca (Napoleon) Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; Jeromy Burt (Patrick Henry) Electrical; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jennifer Ritz (Napoleon) Floral Design; Guinevere Gowell (Napoleon) Pre-Calculus; Joshua Hathaway (Patrick Henry) American Government, Composition and Accounting & Business Management; and Jillian Knipp (Liberty Center) Cosmetology. Absent from the photo is Conner Neer (Liberty Center) Welding Fabrication.

Students receiving awards from Williams county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Caleb Overmyer (Bryan) Computer Design/3D Modeling; Chyanne Cameron (Stryker) Visual Art and Design; Zoe Stantz (Montpelier) Chef Training; Jewell Knapp (Hilltop) Interior Design; Josh Landel (Edon) Software Development & Game Design; Brandon Thompson (Edgerton) Auto Collision Repair and Government; Alyssa Imm (Edgerton) Building Trades/Carpentry and Financial Math; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Alexandrea Warner (Montpelier) Math; Breana Ervin (Montpelier) Health Careers; Jerall Jack (Bryan) Early Childhood Education; Kathariene Foster (Hilltop) Health Careers - Mentoring Program and English; Kolton Myers (Bryan) Fire and Rescue; and Alex Miller (Bryan) Hospitality Services. Absent from the photo are Bristle Dix (Stryker) Pre-Engineering; Jayden Keesbury (Edgerton) Advanced Math; and Mariah Streeter (Bryan) English.

Preschool Graduation

The students at Four County Career Center’s Early Childhood Education class recently held Preschool Graduation for children enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year. The children performed favorite songs and fingerplays learned throughout the school year for parents and grandparents in attendance.

Shown above at the graduation are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Sylvie Zartman (Antwerp); Briggs Zartman (Antwerp); Tristan Bagrwoski (Wauseon); Lucas Helberg (Napoleon); Isaac Meyer (Cecil); Jayden Elmer (Helena); Paisley Niese (New Bavaria); Stryker Oyer (Napoleon); Landain Rinehammer (Tiffin); Dawson Martz (Archbold); and Audrey Brywczynski (Whitehouse); (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jennifer Hutchison, Educational Aide; and Katelyn Flanary, Preschool Instructor.

The Preschool/Childcare Center is operated in association with the Early Childhood Education program for juniors and seniors as a part of their lab experience. Supervising the students is instructor Susan Myers.

Student Places Top Ten in the Nation

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that Gage Bergeon (Ayersville) placed in the top ten at the 2017 National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Orlando, Florida. Gage competed in Network Administration Using Microsoft.

Career Center students joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skill competitions. This was BPA’s 51st National Leadership Conference.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. BPA acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. Four County Career Center BPA advisors are Mary Jo Beilharz, Matt Geiger, Tim Ricketts, and Blake Rockey.

HOSA Students Head to National Conference

Three students from Four County Career Center placed in the top four in the 2017 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition at the University of Toledo and have qualified to compete in the HOSA International Leadership Conference with the theme “HOSA - Leadership - Service - Engagement - The Future Starts Now” in Orlando, Florida. Katie Foster will also receive the State Officer of the Year Award at the Conference. These Career Center students will join other HOSA students from across the nation to participate in national-level skill competitions, workshops, and general sessions June 21-24.

Student attending are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Madison Brueshaber (Patrick Henry) and Jaclyn Lovejoy (Hilltop) Health Career Display competition; Molly Feller (Hicksville) Knowledge Test for Human Growth and Development competition; and Katie Foster (Hilltop) award recipient.

Four County Career Center HOSA programs include Health Careers and Sports Fitness & Exercise Science. HOSA Advisors are Donna Badenhop, Robin Hill, Karen Walker and Mike Nye.

Job & Career Fair

The 3rd Annual Job & Career Fair was recently held at Four County Career Center with over 40 area employers on hand for seniors to meet with. Over 500 students had the chance to discuss their career options with local businesses and see what opportunities were available to them. Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement Coordinator, made the arrangements for the event.

FFA Contest Winners

FFA students from Four County Career Center recently competed in the State FFA Contests in Columbus and Wooster. They were competing with teams from all over Ohio.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) placing 17th as a team in the Landscape/Nursery contest are Kyra Curry (Defiance) and Jonathon Buchanan (Hicksville) both in Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; placing 12th in the Diesel Mechanics as a team is Logan Hetrick (Fairview) Diesel Mechanics; and placing 12th in the Floral contest as a team is Emiley Blosser (Tinora) Floral Design. Four County Career Center FFA Advisor is Eric Hite, Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies instructor.


(LEFT TO RIGHT) placing 17th as a team in the Landscape/Nursery contest is Jared Blosser (Wauseon) Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; and placing 12th in the Floral contest as a team is Summer McDaniel (Fayette) Floral Design.


(LEFT TO RIGHT) placing 20th as a team in the Diesel Mechanics contest is Chris Durham (Liberty Center) Diesel Mechanics; placing 12th in the Floral contest as a team is Jennifer Ritz (Napoleon) Floral Design; and placing 17th as a team in the Landscape/Nursery contest is Jesse Fonseca (Napoleon) Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies.



(LEFT TO RIGHT) placing 12th as a team in the Outdoor Power contest are Tim Herman (Edgerton) Ag/Diesel Mechanics, and Devin Wendorf (Hilltop) Powersports; placing 20th as a team in the Diesel Mechanics contest is Zach Williams (Bryan) Diesel Mechanics; placing 17th as a team in the Landscape/Nursery contest are Chandler Howard (Edon) and Shannon Weiland (Edgerton) both in Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; and placing 12th in the Floral contest as a team is Michelle Robinson (Stryker) Floral Design.

Together We Can Make a Difference Donation

Led by Skills USA, Four County Career Center students united in a school-wide effort and raised over $700 for the non-profit outreach “Together We Can Make A Difference.” The organization assists people of all ages in Northwest Ohio with basic needs and resources that are not available with any government assistance programs.

Through their involvement, the students hope to make a positive change for families in northwest Ohio. Shown above presenting the check are Skills USA Leadership team members. (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Alyssa Imm (Edgerton) Carpentry; Bristle Dix (Stryker) Pre-Engineering; Haylee Wyckhouse (Liberty Center) Cosmetology; Jaimee Schreiber (Napoleon) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Terri Sedam, outreach member; Kelli Burkhardt, Executive Director; (MIDDLE - LEFT TO RIGHT) Mason Locke (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Adrian Ortiz (Defiance) Carpentry; Richie Ludeman (Defiance) Industrial Services; Jaryd Hobbs (Archbold) Automotive Technologies; Haylie Sheets (Liberty Center) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Tom Cameron (Tinora) Auto Collision Repair; Krista Whetro, Skills USA Advisor; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kikki Berger (Evergreen) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Bill Parsley, Skills USA Advisor; Jared Muncy (Patrick Henry) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; and Robert Montgomery (Patrick Henry) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics. Skills USA advisors coordinated the event.

Senior Recognition Day

Four County Career Center’s 48th annual Senior Recognition Day will be held Tuesday, May 23 starting at 9:15 a.m. at the school.

Certificates marking the completion of their career training will be awarded to 419 seniors, scholarship award winners will be announced and Outstanding Senior Awards will be presented during the ceremonies.

Career Passports containing the student’s Resume, class competencies listing skills learned at the Career Center, student’s grades and attendance data, will be presented to each senior. Career Passports are awarded to all Ohio Career Center program completers for the purpose of providing each student with a set of credentials that can be presented to an employer when seeking employment.

Rick Bachman, Director of Career & Technical Education, is in charge of the ceremony. Seven seniors will be assisting with the program - Abigail Weller (Napoleon) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance; James Branham (Edgerton) Welding Fabrication, Mason Locke (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, and Taylor Snyder (Liberty Center) Early Childhood Education, will be announcing student achievement activities. Katie Foster (Hilltop) Health Careers, Anastacia Hite (Delta) Visual Art & Design, and Jaryd Hobbs (Archbold) Automotive Technologies, were chosen as class speakers for the event.

Parents and families of Career Center seniors are invited to attend the ceremony which will be held in the Diesel Technology and Training Center located on the northeast side of the building. Parking is available in the school’s east and south parking lots or the student parking lot on the west side of the building.

Four County Career Center is located at the intersection of State Routes 66 and 34, five miles south of Archbold.

Summer School

Summer school classes for students in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties are again being offered by Four County Career Center.

There is one student start date - June 12, with no enrollees outside of this date. Once a student begins they do not stop until they are completed with all their course work. Class times are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. Enrollment forms will be accepted until June 7.

Summer school is open to current high school students, non-graduates or June 2017 graduates under the age of 21. Upon successful completion of the first 1/2 credit, the student may begin another half credit. No new classes may be started after June 29.

Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Some member schools provide bus transportation to Four County Summer School.

There will be a student service charge of $60.00 per class which must accompany the application form.

Classes offered are English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.

To enroll or for more information, students or parents should contact their local high school guidance office.

Building Trades Open House

The public is invited to attend the 47th annual Four County Career Center’s Building Trades Open House on May 21 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. During this past year, 91 high school students at the Career Center have assisted with the construction of the 77th new home as part of their career training.

Curtis Miller, Carpentry instructor, and the senior Carpentry classes did the general construction of the home including exterior finish, interior and drywall finish, for Chris and Renee Barton. It is located at County Road 15B, Napoleon.

The Barton home is a single story ranch with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bath, great room, kitchen, and a full basement along with a two car garage. The outside of the home is covered in vinyl siding .

The junior Carpentry class, under the direction of instructor Matt Dye, assisted with the rough construction. Scott Williams, senior Electrical instructor, and his class did the low voltage, data communications, service and finish electrical wiring. Installation of the water supply, and drainage was the senior HVAC and Plumbing class with instructor Steve Steingass. The Interior Design class with instructor Lisa Hall assisted with the painting.

Students at the Career Center build one house each school year. The home building project is part of the high school curriculum in the Construction Trades programs.