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FFA Awards

During the local Four County Career Center’s FFA Chapter awards day the following students received awards for contests they won throughout the school year.

FFA award winners from Defiance County include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Hailee Price (Hicksville) Floral Design; Joycelyn Hodge (Fairview) Floral Design; Ashly Brown (Hicksville) Animal Health 2nd Place District; Stefany Johnson (Defiance) Landscape Competition; Sophia Geissinger (Fairview) Aquarium Management 2nd Place District; Chasity Kittle (Fairview) Animal Management 2nd Place District; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Codey Etchen (Fairview) State FFA Degree; Brooks Grine (Fairview) State FFA Degree; Preston Zeedyk (Fairview) State FFA Degree; James Ester (Fairview) Industrial Diagnostics 1st Place District; Caleb Shininger (Fairview) Ag Mechanic Skills 3rd Place District, Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District, State FFA Degree; and Cain Pearson (Fairview) Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District.

 

FFA award winners from Fulton County include (LEFT TO RIGHT) Liz Morrow (Delta) Floral Design; Hailey Wyse (Archbold) Dog Grooming 4th Place District; Andrew Istefan (Evergreen) Landscape Competition; Jolyssa Tedrow (Delta) State FFA Degree, Prepared Public Speakering 4th Place District, Prepared Public Speaking 1st Place Local, General Livestock CDE; Justin Gleckler (Evergreen) Landscape Competition.

 

FFA award winners from Henry County include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Courtney Taylor (Liberty Center) Animal Health Individual 3rd Place District, Animal Management 2nd Place District; Lexi Myers (Napoleon) Dog Grooming 1st Place High Individual District, Dog Grooming Competition Member; Jessica Allen (Patrick Henry) Floral Design, Floriculture 4th Place District; Jazzlyn Wright (Holgate) Floral Design, Floriculture 4th Place District (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jacob Whitman (Patrick Henry) Landscape Competition; Kyle Kurtz (Patrick Henry) State FFA Degree; Kyle Spurgeon (Patrick Henry) Industrial Diagnotstics 1st Place District, Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District; and Jeremy Hill (Napoleon) Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District.

FFA award winners from Williams County include (LEFT TO RIGHT) Dorothy Lennox (North Central) Floral Design; Kenzie Stein (Edgerton) General Livestock, Dog Grooming 2nd Place District; May Gilbert (Bryan) Animal Management 2nd Place District, Animal Health 2nd Place District; Paishence Bacon (Montpelier) Aquarium Management 1st Place District; Brandi Hager (Hilltop) Floral Design; Jakob Campbell (Bryan) Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District; and Alex Munger (North Central) Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District Individual, Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District.

Four County Career Center’s FFA programs include Agriculture/Diesel Mechanics, Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies, Powersport Engine Technology, Veterinarian Assistant, Diesel Mechanics, and Floriculture and advisors are Denton Blue, Jason Elston, Eric Hite, Alan Leininger, Stephanie Pippin and Florence Willeman.


Job & Career Fair

The 1st Annual Job & Career Fair was recently held at Four County Career Center with over 52 area employers on hand for juniors and seniors to meet with. Over 500 students had the opportunity to discuss their career options with local businesses. Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement Coordinator made the arrangements for the event.


Finance 101: The Game of Life

Four County Career Center students recently had the opportunity to participate in Finance 101: The Game of Life sponsored by Midwest Community Federal Credit Union. The life-size game board teaches students about monthly expenses they may face in the world.


BPA Students Place 1st in the Nation

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that five students placed 1st at the 2015 National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Anaheim, California. Proudly displaying their awards are Career Center students (LEFT TO RIGHT) Jennifer Westrick (Hilltop) competing in SQL Database Fundamentals; competing in the Web Application Team - Ethan Brakefield (Pettisville), Colin Laws (Napoleon), and Nick Peio (Tinora); and Clarence Hartzell (Liberty Center) competing in Computer Network Technology.

Students joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skill competitions. These students along with Lucas Brown (North Central) and Computer Networking & Repair instructor, Mike Yeager, also passed Microsoft Certification Tests while at the conference. This was BPA’s 49th 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, Tina Short, and Mike Yeager.


Veterinarian Assistant Students Take National Test

Seniors in the Veterinarian Assistant career and technical program at Four County Career Center recently took the Small Animal Science National Standardized test. This is a hands-on skills assessment and certification which is recognized nationally in the area of small animal science. Veterinarian Assistant instructor Stephanie Pippin was in charge of the testing process.


Career Center Receives Grant

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that they have received the $4,955 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant for a new Information Literacy Technology Center (ILTC) formally the library. This grant is based on the goal of providing a technology and literacy rich environment to teach students how important technology, literature, and information are in their lives. School is often the place that students learn to love reading and appropriate use of the social media.

This grant will allow the Career Center to integrate all aspects of technology while supporting the common core standards. The original library will be transformed to an information literacy and technology center for the 21st century learner. Students will have technology booths with monitors to hook up their iPads or laptops for group projects or reteaching; and there will be a green wall for video-recording and home theater system for book trailers and presentation.

Various career and technical programs at the Career Center will be involved in this project. Commercial Art students created a street art mural which will be repainted every year by the senior class. Shown above are the students who created the mural (LEFT TO RIGHT) Greg Schramm (Liberty Center); Jai-Lynn McBride (Napoleon); Dustin Sierra (Archbold); and Gage Cendrowski (Bryan). Interior Design students are recovering the chairs and repurposing tables. The local community is also involved with Dan Leininger installing a barn door rail to hang the mural and Leininger Floor Covering installing the new carpet. Many other staff members are joining in to get the project completed which began in late February and will be completed by the start of school in the Fall.

“Four County Career Center and the area it serves will greatly benefit from this grant. We feel fortunate to have received this and wish to thank our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this important project.” said Tim Meister, Superintendent at Four County Career Center.


Construction Trades Open House

The public is invited to attend the 45th annual Four County Career Center’s Building Trades Open House on May 17 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. During this past year, 76 high school students at the Career Center have been constructing the 75th 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 Scott and Jodi Bernath. It is located at 1107 Main Street in Evansport.

The Bernath home is a single story ranch with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an open eating living area, kitchen, office and a partial basement with a crawl space.

The kitchen cabinets, vanities, and laundry room cabinets were constructed by the junior Carpentry class under the direction of instructor Ed Springer. Scott Williams, senior Electrical instructor, and his class did the low voltage, data communications, service and finish electrical wiring. Installation of the entire water supply, drainage and ventilation system was the junior and senior HVAC and Plumbing class with instructor Steve Steingass. And, assisting with the interior painting was the Interior Design class with instructor Lisa Hall.

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.


Spring Blood Drive

Four County Career Center students and staff recently donated blood during the HOSA Future Health Professionals sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive. HOSA members planned and coordinated the drive and students assisted with donor registration, testing, and blood donations. Four County HOSA Advisor is Robin Hill, Health Careers instructor.


Preschool Graduation

The students at Four County Career Center’s Early Childhood Education class recently held Preschool Graduation for children enrolled during the 2014-2015 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) Kellen Hurst (Napoleon); Ruby Brywczynski (Delta); Parker Niese (Defiance); (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Lucy Mendoza (Wauseon); Luke Meienburg (Defiance); Graham Hammon (Defiance); Carter Hammon (Defiance); Monroe Barton (Napoleon); Mason Bachman (Napoleon); Brooklyn Behnfeldt (Defiance); Macy Behnfeldt (Defiance); Meyta Hieber (Deshler); and Blake Vandenberghe (Archbold). Absent are Jordan Geiger (Defiance); and Aubree Vandock (Wauseon).

The Preschool 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. Daycare Staff Person is Lisa Creager and Educational Aide is Jennifer Hutchison.


Senior Recognition Day

Four County Career Center’s 46th annual Senior Recognition Day will be held Thursday, May 21 starting at 9:15 a.m. at the school.

Certificates marking the completion of their career training will be awarded to 445 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. Six seniors will be assisting with the program - Jared Sanchez (Ayersville) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Rebecca Addington (Archbold) Early Childhood Education, Chloe Gebers (Fairview) Veterinarian Assistant, and Grace Norden (Napoleon) Veterinarian Assistant, will be announcing the community service achievements; while Jai-Lynn McBride (Napoleon) Commercial Art, and Reiley Smith (Holgate) Medical Office 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.