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Ohio Hi-Point students experience PLANET Student Career Days in NC

Outdoor Career Students at PLANET Student Career Days from L->R: Derek Thurman (West Liberty-Salem), Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) and Ray Walters (Urbana)

RALEIGH, N.C.- Students enrolled in the Outdoor Careers program at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently participated at the 39th Annual PLANET Student Career Days in Raleigh, North Carolina and three students placed in the top 50 out of 757 college students.

PLANET Student Career Days is a three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country. Ohio Hi-Point was one of the few career centers to attend.

The events directly relate to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry.

Overall, out of 757 college students Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) placed 20th Derek Thurman (West-Liberty Salem) placed 23rd and Ray Walters (Urbana) placed 45th.

Derek Thurman placed 11th of 44 students in the Tractor Loader Backhoe competition and 46th of 54 students competing in Skid Steer Operation.

Stevens and Walters placed 15th out of 50 teams in the Hardscape Installation competition, 36th of 53 in Irrigation Assembly, and the pair placed 27th out of 40 teams in Landscape Maintenance Operations.

Stevens and Thurman placed 49th out of 53 teams in the Truck and Trailer Operation.

The trio placed 57th in the Landscape Plant Install out of 62 teams.

The students participated in workshops led by industry professionals and experienced a job fair with companies from all over the country seeking professionals for the green industry.

This was the program’s second year attending Student Career Days and hopes to attend the 40th Annual PLANET Student Career Days at Mississippi State in 2016.

Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point honors class of 2014 at convocation ceremony

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio- The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center honored 203 high school seniors during the annual convocation ceremonies Wednesday evening.

The ceremony, which celebrates students who completed the career-technical programs from OHP’s 14 partner school districts, was held at the Bellefontaine High School.

“We congratulate you and celebrate with you,” remarked Superintendent Jeff Price, “but never forget about the process of getting where you are tonight. If you continue to take pride in what you’re doing and always remember what it took to accomplish your goals, you will continue passing life tests with flying colors.”

Angela Burton (Indian Lake), Kiersten Daum (Bellefontaine) and Eleanor Skinner (Marysville) conducted the ceremony with the introduction of guests.

The student speakers for convocation were David Conner (Bellefontaine), Shelby McMann (Indian Lake), Carrissa Magnuson (West Liberty-Salem), Jennifer Propst (Marysville) and Nicholas Davis (West Liberty-Salem).


Magnuson addressed her fellow classmates saying, “We have been presented with the opportunities to excel in our communities, in our state and in our nation. Our lives have changed for the better and we’ve impacted the lives of others through our work.”

Davis addressed the crowd in his speech saying, “Even with our separate paths, all paths converge at one point or another. The two hundred of us were lucky enough to cross path at the same time, spending the last two years here at Hi-Point. It’s been an honor and privilege to walk the halls with you.”

Superintendent Jeff Price; Shelly Swaney, high school director; and Lynne Hall, guidance counselor, also spoke during the ceremony.

Lou Vito, president of WPKO/WBLL in Bellefontaine, announced the names of each student to receive senior certificates from career-technical instructors.

Dustin Wooten (West Liberty-Salem) and Blake Johnston (Indian Lake), both completing the Health Technology program, received the Best of Class designation.


Over $382,000 in scholarships, an Ohio Hi-Point record, was awarded to members of the class of 2014.

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