The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
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!
Vantage Preschool will be hosting a spring open house at Vantage Career Center, 818 Franklin St., on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Preschool Room. Please enter through Door #4 under the Early Childhood marquee (near the flagpole). Come and check out our state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center and share some pizza with us. We look forward to meeting you and your children!! For more information about the Vantage Preschool, or to reserve a spot for your child, please contact Rhonda Davis or Marcia Osenga at 419.238.5411 ext. 2408.
The Vantage Career Center FFA chapter held its annual Awards and Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, March 23, in the Vantage Commons Area.
Guest speaker for the evening was Matthew Klopfenstein, President of the Ohio FFA and a graduate of Wayne Trace High School. Matt spoke to 150 guests about a life of “purpose” and encouraged everyone in the room to answer the questions, “Who are you?” “What do you do with your life?” and “Why do you do it?” He also reminded everyone that “life is a journey and you’re the driver.”
Awards were presented to FFA members throughout the evening. Senior Jacob Sukup (Antwerp) and junior Zach Dealey (Crestview) were presented with “Quiet Leader” awards for setting an example to others by their actions. Jacob Sukup and junior Daniel Sinn (Wayne Trace) were awarded the “110%” award for service above and beyond.
Receiving the Scholarship award for outstanding grades was senior Jacob Sukup and junior Daniel Sinn. Senior Jacob Sukup was recognized as this year’s Most Valuable FFA member. Most improved awards went to seniors Charles Thomas (Paulding) and Levi Noggle (Wayne Trace).
The chapter honored Staci Miller from the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District and Mike Porter, retired farmer, with FFA Honorary Degrees for their involvement with the Vantage FFA Chapter.
The new officer induction ceremony was held and outgoing officers were thanked for their contribution to the Vantage FFA chapter. Officers for the 2016-2017 school year are President, Blake Miller (Wayne Trace), Vice President, Daniel Sinn (Wayne Trace), Secretary, Zach Dealey (Crestview), Treasurer, Peter Wharry (Paulding), Sentinel, Andrew Grote (Ottoville), Student Advisor, Wyatt Miller (Paulding), Reporter, Logan Shaner (Antwerp), Chaplain, Logan Gerding (Kalida), and Parliamentarian, Gabe Evans (Lincolnview).
Grand Sponsors for the banquet were Heritage Farm Equipment, Schlegel Farms, and Sukup Farms. Sponsors were A & J Lloyd Farms, Cooper Farms, Haviland Drainage Products, Kenn-Feld Group, Lee Kinstle GMC, Mercer Landmark, Myers Farm, Scott Equity, and Westwood Family Dental.
Twenty-three Vantage business students competed recently at the Ohio BPA competition in Columbus and four will move on to the final step – the National Leadership Conference in Boston.
Alexis Forester, an Interactive Media senior from Crestview placed second in the Computer Modeling contest, while Medical Office Management senior Lexi Doster from Continental qualified for nationals in the Integrated Office Applications competition.
Two Network Systems students are also heading to Boston. Senior Kenneth Pinks-Liebert from Parkway will be making a return trip to Nationals, as he took second place in the Network Administration Using Microsoft® contest. Junior Spencer Wannemacher from Delphos Jefferson placed third in the Java Programming contest and will be making his first trip to Nationals. “Being a junior, it’s more of an honor to represent Vantage and Delphos Jefferson at the BPA Nationals. I’m excited to compete,” Spencer said.
In addition to the national qualifiers, several students placed in the top 10 of their contest. Network Systems students receiving Top 10 medals include: Drayson Wenzlick (Paulding) – Computer Network Technology, Cullen Wenzlick, (Paulding) C++ Programming, Austin Metz (Parkway) – Computer Security, Christian Lintermoot, (Lincolnview), Justin Moenter (Delphos St. John’s), and Cory Miller (Lincolnview) – Computer Animation Team, Nathan Poling (Parkway), Collin Wilson (Parkway), and Sam Roughton (Paulding) – Parliamentary Procedure Tea. From Interactive Media, senior Serena Drake (Antwerp) – Digital Publishing and the Interactive Media Parliamentary Procedure Team of Domino Daugherty (Antwerp), Alexa Longberry (Ft. Jennings), Will Placke (Van Wert), and Madison Smith (Van Wert).
The national qualifiers, along with their teachers, will be a part of the 2016 Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference “This Is Our Time” May 5-9 in Boston, Mass. Thousands of students from across the country will gather there to compete, showcase their business aptitudes and develop leadership skills. The National Leadership Conference is the culmination of the BPA year filled with hard work and dedication put into competitions, Torch Awards, leadership development, service and more. Activities will include general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, and the election of national officers.
Congratulations to all who competed at the state competition and good luck to those advancing to Nationals!
Six hundred and fifty sophomores came to Vantage on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for “Sophomore Visitation Day”. Each sophomore had the opportunity to investigate and explore two different career technical programs of interest to them. During each one-hour visit, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations prepared especially for them.
Vantage Cosmetology students staged a style show for the 10th graders, while those visiting Welding got a chance to try out the virtual welder. Visitors to Auto Body used their artistic talent to “pinstripe” by hand and practiced using the paint gun in the booth. In Auto Technology, students learned how to use the tire balancer and the rim clamp and had a contest to see how quickly they could replace a spark plug. Sophomores in Network Systems got to use some of the latest technology – Oculus 3D Rift Virtual Reality, Google Cardboard, and Google Glass, while those visiting Interactive Media got to work with the 3D printer. In Construction Equipment Technology, students tried out the zero turn mower and skid steer. There was a lot going on.
Here are a few frequently asked questions – and answers – about coming to high school at Vantage.
Q: Can I go to college after Vantage?
A: About 41 percent of Vantage graduates continue their education immediately after high school graduation at a two or four year college. Students are urged to check with their school counselor to be sure that all requirements for college entrance are met.
Q: Can I receive college credits through my high school class at Vantage?
A: YES! Many programs have articulation agreements with local colleges that provide some college credit for Vantage coursework. Some courses are College Credit Plus.
Q: Can I participate in home school sports and activities?
A: YES! Students are encouraged to stay involved in extracurricular activities at their home school, such as sports, drama, etc.
Q: What is the tuition to attend Vantage?
A: There is NO tuition to attend Vantage. Each program has a fee of $75, which covers the cost of tools, supplies, equipment, and one full uniform.
Q: When are applications due at Vantage?
A: Sophomore and junior students who are considering attending Vantage
should be aware that the priority application deadline is March 9, 2016. Interested students may complete and submit an online application form by using this address —http://tinyurl.com/lec2nqa to access the application form. Students may continue to enroll throughout the spring and summer however, first choice programs may already be filled. Visit the Vantage website for complete information vantagecareercenter.com.
Vantage offers 17 different high school career technical programs. If you have any questions, please talk to your school counselor or call Student Services at Vantage at 419.238.5411 or 1.800.686.3944 ext. 2032. You can always check out the Vantage website vantagecareercenter.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @vccstudents.
Celebrate Vantage’s 40th Anniversary on Monday, Feb. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m.
All the labs will be open and there will be special demonstrations and activities. There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room from
6-6:30 p.m. designed to answer questions about your student’s opportunities at Vantage. You’ll find special 40th Anniversary door prizes, contests, and raffles throughout the building. Area restaurants will be onsite at “A Taste of Vantage” for you to sample their food for a minimal cost, with proceeds going to the Vantage Student Activity Fund. Four graduates will be inducted into the newly established Vantage Alumni Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons. Hope you can make it!
The Vantage Roadshow 2015-2016 has begun. Simply find the date of a basketball game at your local high school on the schedule below. Stop by the Vantage table before the game to check out what’s new and exciting at Vantage and enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom-designed polished aluminum and acrylic 10” x 10” school mascot clock that sits on a stained cherry wood base and is lit with LED lights.
This unique and distinctive piece was created by combining the talents of the Vantage Precision Machining, Carpentry, and Electricity students. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds stay at the home school.
Home School Date/Opponent
Delphos Jefferson 1/8 v. Crestview
Parkway 1/9 v. Lima Perry
Van Wert 1/9 v. Marion Local
Continental 1/15 v. Fort Jennings
Kalida 1/16 v. Columbus Grove
Antwerp 1/16 v. Lincolnview
Fort Jennings 1/22 v. Ottoville
Lincolnview 1/23 v. Parkway
Delphos St. John 1/29 v. Marion Local
Paulding 2/5 v. Jefferson
Crestview 2/6 v. Wayne Trace
Wayne Trace 2/12 v. Antwerp
A Vantage clock will also be raffled off at the Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday night, Feb. 22, 2016.
So, get in on the fun, find out about the great things happening at Vantage while supporting your local school, and you might just walk away with a brand new clock that shows your school spirit!
For Veteran’s Day this year, Vantage Student Ambassadors sold small flags in honor or in memory of family members and friends who are veterans. The flags were placed in a “field” built by Brad Rice, a Carpentry student from Ft. Jennings and painted by Tabby Dixon, an Auto Body senior from Continental. The flag field was placed on the Vantage front lawn on Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans. The proceeds were donated to the Van Wert VFW.
Much goes on in the Carpentry lab at the end of the long hallway in the Trade and Industrial wing at Vantage. Students learn how to use the “tools of the trade” – a dovetail machine, router, biscuit joiner, pocket hole cutter, and wide belt sander – just to name a few. Many times, they are working on custom project for local businesses, like the Van Wert Senior Center, VFW Museum, and Habitat for Humanity.
One recent project for Universal Lettering had the Carpentry students building customized sewing carts and tables. General Manager Cory Hoops was very pleased with the project. “I can’t say enough about the carpentry program at Vantage. Each year that we have asked the students to build work aids for our growing operation, they have exceeded far beyond our expectations in a number of ways. The workmanship is top notch as well the professionalism of the young men and women in the program. I always look forward to the next opportunity to work with Mr. Robinson’s students on future carpentry projects that will help Universal Lettering continue to expand and grow.” Instructor Jerry Robinson is eager for his students to learn a variety of skills in the two-year program.
At the extreme opposite end of the building, Culinary Arts students are preparing for one of their biggest events at the Cup & Saucer Restaurant – the annual Christmas Lunch Buffet. It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 11 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 + tax. Reservations are necessary for this special event. Reservations go quickly, so be sure to call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now.
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.
Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their 8th graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour demonstration tour. Eighth graders receive a “mini-brochure” which describes the programs and explains what a typical day is like for students who attend Vantage. The eighth graders spend a little time in each lab and return home with a better idea of what goes on in this big, new school.
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.
It’s always fun hosting the 8th graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about!
The annual Culinary Arts Christmas Lunch Buffet is just around the corner. Mrs. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event. It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 11. 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, Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please call 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment. School will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1.