The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
It’s not just about what is taught in the classroom. “Life” lessons are a huge part of what Vantage stands for and does throughout the year, and especially at Christmastime. Here are just a few examples to warm your heart on these cold days…
There will be lots of smiles on the faces of local children thanks to Vantage students and staff. Everyone pulled together to make sure children from 530 local families would have a merrier Christmas through the local Toss A Toy collection. Fundraisers, including Jeans days, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, program donations, buy-a-colorful-hair extension sale, and a change stall, raised over $3,500. Alumnus Nathan Zuber added nearly $600 from scrap metal donations for a record-breaking $4,100 raised for Toss A Toy! Amy Grothouse and her VCC classes shopped for the toys in spite of frigid temperatures and a 2 hour delay. “I once told my elves that my dream is to fill this stage full of toys for children… today they made my dream come true!!! A big thank you to Vantage students, staff, and Nathan Zuber and all of his wonderful friends that helped make Toss A Toy 2016 the best ever!”, exclaimed Grothouse.
Added to the packages of toys were 88 handmade wooden cars, trucks, and tractors lovingly made by students in the Building and Grounds program, which were individually cut out using band saws and made smooth as silk with power and hand sanders.
Health Technology students were also in the giving spirit as they visited Country Inn Assisted Living Center and handed out homemade Christmas cards while visiting and singing Christmas carols to the residents. Afterward, they shopped and wrapped gifts for eight children that they adopted through the Angel Tree ministry at Van Wert’s First United Methodist Church.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in sixteen different occupations, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage this week.
The eighth graders are seeing some new and exciting extras in the labs this year. In the Construction Equipment Technology program, which started this year, they’re able to check out the equipment as well as surveying, site layout, masonry and concrete installation. Several new robotic pieces have been installed in the Industrial Mechanics lab as part of the RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) grant Vantage received. And in Health Technology, they’re being introduced to “HAL,” a lifelike health simulator that provides students with a more realistic way to practice a number of medical procedures, including taking blood pressure and pulse, and drawing blood.
This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them. During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas. Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career.
The annual Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet is just around the corner. This year it will be held on Wednesday, November 16 and Friday, November 18. Guests will be seated from 11 a.m. to noon. This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax). Reservations are necessary for this special event. To reserve your spot, call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425.
A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 21 from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Please call 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment. School will resume on Tuesday, November 29. Happy Thanksgiving!
Vantage was a very active participant in the 18th annual United Way Day of Caring. Since the Salvation Army food pantry building wasn’t quite ready for occupancy, the food drive was moved to the Vantage bus barn this year, which provided more than ample space to get the job done.
The Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Diane Font, directed the school’s food drive blitz on the morning of September 30, when over 3,000 canned food items were donated for the Salvation Army Food Drive. The Network Systems program won a pizza party for bringing in over 700 food items.
An additional $1,800 was raised to purchase more groceries. Vantage students and staff were able to contribute nearly 5,000 non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army this year.
Providing some much-needed muscle to load and unload the donated food on and off the collection trucks were students from the Building and Grounds program and their teacher, Dave DeLano, and aide, Brenda Wurst.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Nancy Keith, worked at the Salvation Army Food Drive, helping to unload, sort, count, box and store donated food items from around the county. Dave DeLano’s Construction Equipment Technology students pitched in during the afternoon hours to assist with emptying barrels, box recycling, and getting the bus barn cleaned up.
Senior Health Tech teacher Wendy Baumle and her students volunteered their expertise at the bloodmobile held at Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center. Using what they learned from class and their practical experiences, they performed duties on the bloodmobile floor, in the kitchen, and the canteen to assist the American Red Cross to insure things went as smoothly as possible. This year, over 40 Vantage seniors were able donate blood during their lab time.
Although Robin Burns and the Culinary Arts class stayed at school, they participated in the day’s activities by preparing delicious chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles) for the Red Cross workers and the volunteers at the bloodmobile.
Community service projects provide a real opportunity for students to learn how to work well with others. Being able to give help without expecting anything in return is an important lesson in life. “Thank You” to all Vantage students and staff who donated food, time, finances or blood to help make this special day a success in Van Wert County. Vantage is proud to have been part of such a successful community effort.
Twenty-three outstanding Vantage seniors were recently selected as members of the Vantage chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). They were introduced and inducted at the annual NTHS banquet held in the Commons Area on September 27. In addition to the guests of honor, parents, home school administrators, and Vantage staff attended the banquet to recognize this elite group of students.
NTHS membership is the highest award for excellence in career technical education and is a reliable indicator of performance and leadership in the workplace. Students who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or better, while maintaining a 95 percent attendance rate at Vantage, were eligible to apply for membership. In addition to submitting a resume and writing an essay stating why they would like to be a part of the NTHS, the students also were required to obtain three teacher recommendations.
Students are selected for membership in NTHS as a reward for excellence in workforce education; to develop self-esteem, pride and encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement; and to promote business and industry’s critical workplace values – honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, productivity, leadership, and citizenship. The main purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to reward scholastic achievement in career technical education. Membership encourages skill development, honesty, service, leadership, citizenship, and individual responsibility.
Congratulations to these newly inducted National Technical Honor Society members for the 2016-2017 school year: Brittany Batten (Paulding), Health Technology; Alexie Bennett (Antwerp), Medical Office Management; Joe Callow (Crestview), Industrial Mechanics; Cooper Clouse (Parkway), Precision Machining; Josiah Dealey (Crestview), Industrial Mechanics; Andrew Foust (Delphos Jefferson), Network Systems; Kaleb Hanicq (Ottoville), Network Systems; Halie Hileman (Parkway), Cosmetology; Bryce Hoehn (Ottoville), Network Systems; Ryan Hoersten (Ft. Jennings), Precision Machining; Julie Holbrooks (Wayne Trace), Health Technology; Nathan Klima (Wayne Trace), Network Systems; Andrea Kremer (Paulding), Interactive Media; Aubrey Kremer (Paulding), Interactive Media; Kenedy Painter (Parkway), Cosmetology; Alexa Plescher (Delphos Jefferson), Health Technology; Kelsey Shaffer (Crestview), Early Childhood Education; Madison Shepherd (Lincolnview), Medical Office Management; Daniel Sinn (Wayne Trace), Ag & Industrial Power Technology; TrishaKay Summers (Crestview), Network Systems; Michael Taylor (Antwerp), Electricity; Angela Tenwalde (Kalida), Early Childhood Education; Thomas Waldick (Ottoville), Network Systems.
Family, friends, and home school representatives, gathered at the annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 23, to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event, which was held for the very first time at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert to accommodate the ever-growing crowd.
The student speaker for this year’s assembly was Makayla Ryan, a senior in the Health Technology program. Makayla shared how coming to Vantage provided her with many opportunities her last two years of high school. She also thanked teachers, staff members and classmates for their guidance, friendship and support.
Another “first” in this 40th Anniversary year was an Alumni Hall of Fame speaker, Rick Turner. Rick completed the Machine Tool Technology program in 1979 and was one of the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees this past February. Currently the Adult Education Director at Apollo Career Center, Rick shared the many ways Vantage has impacted his life over the past 31 years.
Each year, career technical teachers select outstanding students to receive an “Award of Distinction”. To be eligible for this award, a student must demonstrate leadership qualities at school, have outstanding achievement in their program area, show exceptional skills in the subject area, participate as an active member of a school career technical club and demonstrate cooperation, initiative and responsibility. This year’s “Award of Distinction” winners are: Jacob Sukup (Antwerp), Ag and Industrial Power Technology, Tabby Dixon (Continental), Auto Body, Mason Walton (Van Wert) Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, Bradley Rice (Ft. Jennings), Carpentry, Allyson Rhoades (Crestview), Cosmetology, Keli Ralston (Lincolnview) and Marcy Shoppell (Lincolnview), Culinary Arts, Stacey Partin (Antwerp), Early Childhood Education, Darian Tijerina (Continental), Electricity, Bianka Robach (Continental) and Makayla Ryan (Van Wert), Health Technology, Levi Hiltner (Continental), Industrial Mechanics, Alexis Doster (Continental), Medical Office Management, and Dalton Durbin (Delphos Jefferson), Welding.
Each year, Kennedy Manufacturing presents a Machinist’s Rolling Chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling Chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior. Kennedy Manufacturing representatives, Brandon Miller and Bob Burley announced that Alec Fortman (Kalida) received the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining “Senior of the Year” award and Levi Hiltner (Continental) was the recipient of the Industrial Mechanics “Senior of the Year” award.
Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the assembly. The Robert C. Stevens Scholarship is given by the Vantage Teacher’s Organization in memory of Bob Stevens, who taught Occupational Work Experience (OWE) at Vantage from 1976 until 1984. Students who are awarded this scholarship have shown outstanding achievement in their program area, while demonstrating initiative and perseverance. This year, the Robert C. Stevens Scholarships were awarded to Makayla Ryan (Van Wert) and Marcy Shoppell (Lincolnview).
Rotarian Dave Roach presented the Dee Whitcraft Memorial Rotary Scholarship to Marcy Shoppell. Bianka Robach (Continental) was the recipient of the American Red Cross ARC High School scholarship presented by Wendy Baumle, senior Health Technology instructor. The Milo Schaffner award for student achievement in the Precision Machining program was presented to Christian Riley (Van Wert) by Brian and Sidney Schaffner.
Elizabeth Lammers (Lincolnview) and Alexis Forester (Crestview) received the UNOH Tech Prep Scholarship and Makayla Ryan was awarded the Rhodes State Outstanding Tech Prep student scholarship. Several students received Tech Prep scholarships from Rhodes State: Alec Fortman (Kalida), Keirstyn Shisler (Paulding), Michael Romes (Lincolnview), Christian Riley (Van Wert), Stacey Partin (Antwerp), Michael Now (Wayne Trace), Christian Laukhuf (Kalida), Josh Kroeger (Delphos Jefferson), Brandon Cole (Crestview), Elizabeth Burgei (Ottoville), and Avery Braaten (Antwerp).
In March, 2014, Vantage Welding junior Robbie Seffernick lost his life in a car accident. His family has established the Robbie Seffernick Memorial Award to be presented to a junior Welding student. This year, the award was presented to Raymond Wood (Parkway).
All student scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Assembly. This year, Vantage students received over $250,000 in scholarships to continue their education.
Congratulations to the Vantage Career Center class of 2016!