Senior Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center on May 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A reception with cake and punch was held for the 2015 seniors, post graduates, high school equivalency graduates and their guests, prior to the awards program.
The Culinary Arts/ProStart program prepared the refreshments and the Networking Technologies program prepared a multimedia show for the reception. The theme for this year was “Your Road to the Future.”
Bryan Sterns, director of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center welcomed seniors and their guests, and introduced members of the Administrative Council and other special guests. Faculty Senate President and Welding instructor, Carl Collins introduced the faculty members and their students. Faculty members along with Linda Cronin and Jennifer Weist of Pierpont Community & Technical College presented students with Tech Prep Honor Cords and a souvenir Class of 2015 key chain. At this time faculty members announced their Outstanding CTE Students. They were Cameron Jones, Building Construction; Amanda Boothe, Health Occupations; Jacob Frashure and Shelby Wine, Networking Technologies; Michael Fulks and Desirae Hickman, Welding.
Linda Jones, Adult Basic Education instructor, presented her 2015 high school equivalency graduates: Anthony Ballengee, Andrew Blizard, Virginia Bruce, Crystal Joliff, Alexander Miller and Hilari Sprouse. Mrs. Jones announced the ABE Student of the Year was Anthony Ballengee.
Faithful and perfect attendance certificates were presented by Shirley Hupp, assistant director of C-GCC, and Administrative Council member Jenna Jett. The following students missed 5 or less days at the Career Center during the 2014-15 school year: Amanda Boothe, Terri Cottrill, Michael Fulks and Desirae Hickman. Tammy Jenkins received a perfect attendance certificate.
Shirley Hupp, National Technical Honor Society, and Administrative Council member Dr. Carl Armour inducted the following students into NTHS: Taylor Ashley, Amanda Boothe, Brandy Dobbins, Haley France, Jacob Frashure, Michael Fulks, Desirae Hickman, Tammy Jenkins, Cameron Jones, Anna Knotts, Richard Mace, Dakota Prevatte, Jordanne Pritt, Daerra Stull, Joseph Thomas, Travis VanHoose, Jorge Webster and Shelby Wine. New inductees were presented with their honor cords, tassels, pins and diploma seals. Also they received a packet with a certificate, letter of recommendation and scholarship information.
The Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards are given to those students achieving platinum level on the WIN Career Readiness System. Bryan Sterns and Ron Blankenship presented certificates of achievement to the following students: Austen Adams, Miles Benson, Amanda Boothe, Jeff Brittle, Christina Carafelli, Terri Cottrill, Dakota Fox, Tyler Gerwig, Joe Greathouse, Patrick Harper, Bradley Jenkins, Kiersten Knicley, Richard Mace, Dakota Prevatte, Amber Prusack and Shelby Wine.
Linda Cronin and Jennifer Weist of Peirpont Community & Technical College awarded a $1000 scholarship to Anna Jean Knotts for studies in culinary arts. Anna is the daughter of Todd and Robin Knotts of Chloe, WV.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Whipkey with the assistance of Mr. James Snyder, automotive technology instructor, presented the Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship of a gift card for a tool set and certificate to Jorge J. Webster. Jorge is the grandson of James and Teresa Jones of Big Bend, WV.
Amber Prusack received the Melissa Gayle Oshoway Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship for $1000. This scholarship was presented by Mr. and Mrs. John Oshoway, Ms. Dotti Nemitz, and Mrs. Patty Cain. Amber is the daughter of Jim and Judy Prusack of Grantsville, WV.
Each year the Career Center presents four $100 scholarship awards to graduating students who plan to pursue a career in their field of study or continue their studies. Bryan Sterns and Administrative Council member Jason Hughes recognized this year’s recipients: Amanda Lynn Boothe, Terri Lynn Cottrill, Glenn Michael Fulks and Shelby Nicole Wine.
The Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Award was established in 1990 to pay tribute to Mr. Gainer and to honor the student who best exemplifies career and technical excellence. In selecting the recipient of this honor, the committee attempts to award an individual who demonstrates the same outstanding qualities possessed and utilized by Mr. Gainer. Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Timothy Woodward and Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Gabriel Devono presented a certificate and $500 scholarship to Leslie Desirae Hickman. Desirae is the daughter of Marvin and Jo Hickman of Sand Fork, WV. She is a graduating senior from Gilmer County High School and in the future, plans to attend the Holbart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, OH.