Kelsey Giesler 

Outdoor Careers students place first in CENTS competition

COLUMBUS, Ohio- A team of six Outdoor Careers students at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center placed first by one point in the Ohio Nursery and Landscapers’ Challenge during the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS) in January.

The team competed against five other career centers in the state to complete a landscape installation from a given blue print in less than six hours in the middle of the trade show. Installations were judged on safety, industry standards and presentation.

Ohio Hi-Point’s team scored 97 of 100 points, beating second place by one point.

Ohio Hi-Point’s team consisted of Ben Reisinger (Benjamin Logan), Jordan Craig (Benjamin Logan), Derek Thurman (West Liberty), Michael Stevens (Indian Lake), Ray Walters (Urbana), and Jakob Yule (Bellefontaine).

A sculpture created specifically for the event was the deciding vote for the judges who liked the unique design and representation of the career center. The Outdoor Careers students collaborated with the OHP Welding program to create the sculpture.

Throughout the day, CENTS attendees watched the landscapes unfold, seeing the future of the industry exemplified through skilled high school students.

Industry coach, Chad Carpenter, from All About Landscaping, assisted the team.

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Outdoor Careers program is still accepting applications for the 2015/16 school year. To enroll, submit your application today!


Kelsey Giesler 

Ohio Hi-Point Leo Club dances night away with Logan Acres residents

The residents at Logan Acres in Bellefontaine danced the night away as they enjoyed a Holiday Dance last week hosted by the Ohio Hi-Point Leo Club.

The Leo Club, a newly chartered chapter, organized the dance after working hand-in-hand with the Logan Acres staff to provide an evening social.

Over 40 residents danced with members of the Leo Club to music from the 1940s and 1950s. Over 20 Leo members helped residents dance to the wheelchair Rock’n’Roll and the waltz.

“The students wanted to do something in the community and they did all the work to make the evening a success. They have such big hearts and the dance was a way for the residents to have fun and enjoy a night of dancing,” said Darlene Roll, a member of the Bellefontaine Lions Club, the parent chapter to the Leo Club.

Leo Club members enlisted the help of the Cosmetology students to do hair and nails during the day to help residents ‘doll up’ for the evening.

“One of our Cosmetology students gave a woman a tiara when she did her hair, and the woman showed off her tiara all night at the dance. She loved it,” said Roll.

In addition, students from the Culinary program made snacks and desserts while Multimedia Marketing students were the disk jockeys.

The Ohio Hi-Point and Bellefontaine Lions Clubs also assisted by providing snacks and door prizes for every resident attending the dance.

“It was a hit and the residents are looking forward to another dance, and the students are equally excited,” said Roll.



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