Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point’s Top 15 students honor educators

Ohio Hi-Point's Top 15 and their honored educators

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s Top 15 graduating seniors were part of the career center’s Honored Educators and Top 15 Senior Students Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 6.

The annual event is an opportunity for the Top 15 students to select and recognize an educator who impacted and influenced their educational careers.

This was Hi-Point’s eighth year hosting the banquet, which coincided with National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ohio Hi-Point’s 2015 Top 15 graduating seniors and the educators they honored are:

Travis Borders, a Mechanical Construction Trades student from Marysville High School, honored Bob Lawrence, his Mechanical Construction Trades instructor.

Sierra Corbin, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Urbana High School, honored Rene Mejia, her Spanish instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Stacy Fogt, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Triad High School, honored Jennifer Duann, her Science teacher at Ohio Hi-Point.

Kirsten Gardner, a Multimedia Marketing student from Indian Lake High School, honored Justin Lacher, her Multimedia Marketing instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Lindsay Hall, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Urbana High School, honored Todd Skaggs, her Social Studies teacher at Ohio Hi-Point.

Destiny Johnson, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Urbana High School, honored Lance Jackson, her coach and History teacher at Urbana High School.

Carrie Leese, a Multimedia Marketing student from Benjamin Logan High School, honored Dai Yamamoto, her Japanese instructor at Benjamin Logan High School.Courtni Pippin, an Animal Management student from Bellefontaine High School, honored Robin Curley, her Animal Management instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Tyler Pugsley, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Indian Lake High School, honored Ryan Gilbert, his English instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Kaitlynn Rogan, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Triad High School, honored Tammy Heitmeyer, her Allied Health and Nursing instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Taylor Shadoan, a Cosmetology student from Graham High School, honored Cindy Harlan, her Cosmetology instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Jessie Slack, a Cosmetology student from Kenton High School, honored Cindy Harlan, her Cosmetology instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

Monica Sonner, a Cosmetology student from Marysville High School, honored Stacy McConoughey, her former English teacher at Marysville High School.

Paul Thurman, a Diesel Technology student who is home schooled, honored Kendra Thurman, his home school instructor.

Jessica Trace, a Printing and Graphics student from Graham High School, honored Tom Carrig, her Printing and Graphics instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.

The event was made possible through the support of the following sponsors: Honda, Jim Hilliker at Wendy’s, Mary Rutan Hospital, Miller’s Textile Services, Affordable Frames Plus, All Around Awards and Sweet Aromas Coffee.

Convocation for Ohio Hi-Point students is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. In the event of bad weather, the event will be held at Bellefontaine High School.

To see all the photos from the evening, click here.

Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point’s Young receives Excellence in Teaching award

Monica Young (left) stands with her student, Brittany McCurdy

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio- Monica Young, an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center English instructor, was recognized as a recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching award by the Bellefontaine Rotary during the 23rd annual Excellence in Teaching Awards luncheon this week.

The Excellence in Teaching award honors three educators in Logan county grades pre-K through twelve who improve student achievement in and outside academics and utilizes innovative techniques to support high-quality teaching and learning.

Young, along with Bellefontaine kindergarten teacher, Lauren Burkhardt, and Benjamin Logan chemistry, physics and STEM teacher, Art Stormer, were the recipients of the prestigious award.

“Monica dedicates all of everyday to her students,” commented Shelly Swaney, Ohio Hi-Point’s High School Director, “she brings real world ideas into her class to engage her students to provide the best academic and career-technical education she can.”

“I feel very honored to receive this award” said Young, “I learn from my students each day.

My job is to give them the opportunities to read beautiful poetry, stories and novels and engage them in critical thinking to look deeper into the meaning of words,” finished Young.

Young was nominated by Allied Health and Nursing junior, Brittany McCurdy.

“Mrs. Young continues to change the lives of her students by going above and beyond academics,” wrote McCurdy in her nomination, “She believes in all of her students and will not accept a failing grade. She pushes her students to thrive and enforces real world and college expectations in the classroom.”

This is Ohio Hi-Point’s seventh teacher to be recognized for the Excellence in Teaching award. Previous recipients include Mike Kouse in 2014, Tom Carrig in 2013, Peter Raatz in 2012, Deborah Purcell in 2009, Robin Curly in 2005 and JoEtta Spain in 2003.

Young with the other recipients, Bellefontaine kindergarten teacher, Lauren Burkhardt (left), and Benjamin Logan chemistry, physics and STEM teacher, Art Stormer.

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