The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
Vantage Career Center students were very active in the 17th annual United Way Day of Caring. The Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Paula VanTilburg, directed the school’s food drive blitz on Sept. 11, when over 3,000 canned food items were donated for the Salvation Army Food Drive. Two programs won pizza parties for their donations – Industrial Mechanics, who brought in over 700 food items and Buildings & Grounds, who, with only 10 students, donated 33 items per student!
An additional $1,800 was raised to purchase more groceries. Vantage students and staff were able to contribute over 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 first-year teacher, Dave DeLano, and aide Brenda Wurst.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Nancy Keith and Social Studies teacher Tony Unverferth worked at the Salvation Army Food Drive, helping to unload, sort, count, box and store donated food items from around the county.
New 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 and in the kitchen and canteen to assist the American Red Cross to insure things went as smoothly as possible. This year, 43 Vantage seniors donated 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) and potato soup 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 it.
By Mary Jo Wilhelm
Did you know that Vantage Health Technology seniors provide helping hands to local school nurses with student health screenings? For the past several years, one of their most favorite community projects has been to help the school nurses perform hearing and vision screenings for students from kindergarten through high school. All students must be tested and the job is overwhelming for just one school nurse.
Vantage senior Health Tech students were trained on how to use the audiometer to test hearing by Melissa McCoy, MA, from the Ohio Department of Health. Wendy Baumle, the new Vantage senior health technology instructor, provided training on the Snellen charts for vision screenings and the color blindness test. In addition to the hearing and vision screenings, the Vantage students also help take and record the height and weights of the elementary students.
This experience for the Health Technology students is not without its challenges. One of the biggest has been helping the elementary students who do not speak English as a primary language. Vantage students must help them to understand the test and give appropriate responses. The senior Health Technology students are just beginning their screenings with Van Wert kindergarteners. They are also scheduled to assist at Crestview this fall.
The school nurses, Theresa Whittington from Van Wert City Schools and Sandra Grooms from Crestview Local Schools, are very appreciative of the student help. They also evaluate the high school students on their positive attitude, ability to accept constructive feedback and being a team player.
Baumle says, “The senior Health Technology students have told me this is their number one experience as far as learning a health related skill and being able to apply it in real life.”
You can see the Health Tech seniors in action as they pitch in to help at the Van Wert United Way Day of Caring Bloodmobile at Trinity Friends on Friday, Sept. 25. If you haven’t made your appointment yet, please call 1.800.RED.CROSS.
Did you know that Vantage high school juniors and seniors who are preparing for a career in Early Childhood Education work directly with preschoolers? These high school students spend hours preparing age-appropriate lesson plans, conducting the lessons, and planning healthy and nutritious snacks for young students enrolled in the Vantage Preschool. The high school students also receive additional training in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse, and common childhood illnesses. A major benefit for the children who attend the Vantage Preschool is the very low staff-child ratio. There is usually one high school “teacher” to every one or two preschoolers, supervised by the directors. Vantage Preschool provides developmentally appropriate activities for the total development of children ages three through five years old using the Early Learning Ohio Standards.
Picture young children climbing on the outdoor playground equipment… making play- doh…exploring new and different things…going to the Media center to hear a story, or going down to the Building and Grounds lab to visit their small house maze…These are just a few of the fun activities going on for Vantage preschoolers. The children also experience hands on activities in language arts, math, kindergarten readiness, literature, and social skills.
Interested in sending your preschooler to Vantage? There are still a few spots open for the 2015-2016 school year. Preschool begins on Sept. 14. There are two options for preschool classes this year. For both options, children must be 3 years old. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee, which can be paid when you come in to complete the application. All supplies and field trips are included in fees.
The traditional half-day preschool session is the most popular choice. The morning preschool session meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. and is taught by Marcia Osenga, Donna Myers and the senior Early Childhood students. This session is for children ages 3-5.
The full day option is available from 8:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This is a pre-kindergarten class for children ages 4-5 Preschoolers pack their lunch.
For more information about the Vantage preschool, or to reserve a spot for your child, please contact Donna Myers or Marcia Osenga at 419.238.5411 ext. 2408.
Family, friends, and home school representatives, gathered at the annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 20, to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event and juniors put technology to the test as they watched the assembly via “live video streaming” from classrooms.
The student speaker for this year’s assembly was Cole Ketchum, a senior in the Precision Machining program from Parkway. Cole shared how coming to Vantage provided him with opportunities he never realized were possible and the news that he will begin a permanent full-time job at Nidec Minster Manufacturing thanks to his technical training at Vantage. He also thanked teachers, staff members and classmates for their guidance, friendship and support.
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: Tyler Foust, Auto Technology (Delphos Jefferson), Tyler Talboom, Auto Body (Delphos Jefferson), David Leathers, Building & Grounds (Delphos St. Johns), Derek Schroeder, Precision Machining (Kalida), Austin Schulte, Welding (Kalida), Arik Mitchener, Ag & Industrial Power Tech (Lincolnview), Caleb Bender, Carpentry (Lincolnview), Nicholas Grote, Industrial Mechanics (Ottoville), Cole Ketchum, Precision Machining (Parkway), Marty Kessler, Network Systems (Paulding), and Jill Ross, Medical Office Management (Wayne Trace).
Kennedy Manufacturing Plant Manager Mike Pond announced the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining and Industrial Mechanics “Senior of the Year” award. For a second consecutive year, Kennedy Manufacturing presented a Machinist’s Rolling Chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling Chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior. This year’s recipients are Derek Schroeder (Precision Machining) and Nicholas Grote (Industrial Mechanics.
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 Jill Ross (Wayne Trace), Alysha Moran (Continental), and Samantha Hinchcliff (Wayne Trace).
Marianne Hardesty of the American Red Cross awarded the ARC High School scholarship to Alysha Moran.
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, there were two recipients – Brooke Brown (Van Wert) and Hunter Blankemeyer (Lincolnview).
All student scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Assembly. This year, Vantage students received over $200,000 in scholarships to continue their education. Also honored were national BPA contestants, state skill contestants, National Technical Honor Society members,
students receiving academic awards, students with perfect attendance, and student ambassadors.
We congratulate the Vantage Career Center class of 2015.
As the 2014-2015 school year winds down to just days, many students are seeing the results of all their hard work over the past several months.
Rachelle Ward, an Interactive Media senior from Parkway, just returned from the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where she placed sixth in the nation in the Digital Publishing competition! Kenneth Pinks-Liebert, a junior Network Systems student also from Parkway, competed in the PC Servicing and Troubleshooting contest, and although he didn’t place in the top ten, he earned his Microsoft Technology Associate certification.
Ross Siefker, a Welding senior from Continental has achieved one of the toughest goals in all of welding – his pipe certification! His classmate, Adam Stutz from Parkway won the AirGas Welding Challenge on May 7, beating out over one hundred other students and professional welders. As a matter of fact, this year’s Vantage Welding seniors have shattered the school record for the number of AWS welding certifications. The old record was 76…and as of today, this class of 13 students has 108!
There are 11 new Cosmetologists today, since the following Vantage students passed the Cosmetology State Board exam earlier this month: Kylee Bates (Continental), Caitlin Geckle (Continental), Jenny Holbrooks (Wayne Trace), Bailey Krol (Van Wert), Nathaniel Pruden (Paulding), Alexa Sikraji (Lincolnview), Ciara Thomas (Van Wert), Marisa Tijerina (Delphos Jefferson), Raven Trammel (Van Wert), Mackenzie Urton (Delphos Jefferson), and Courtney Waltmire (Van Wert).
The Carpentry class will be showing off their year-long home building project on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.-noon with an open house at12468 Richey Rd. Come on out and take a look at the outstanding work done by Carpentry and Electricity students on this beautiful 2,000 square foot home.
The Vantage Senior Awards Assembly will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, and the seniors will be dismissed after the ceremony. The last day for juniors will be Friday, May 22, and they will be dismissed at the end of the school day.
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for Vantage students competing in SkillsUSA. A big shout out to all the competitors: Cole Ketchum (Parkway) who placed second in the CNC Turning contest, the senior Industrial Mechanics team of Nick Grote (Ottoville) and Jeremiah Dealey (Crestview) who took second place in the Mechatronics contest, and to the senior Electricity team of Brandon Kimmet (Ottoville) and Chris Bauer (Paulding) who placed second in Robotics and Automation.
Other contestants included Carpentry junior Bradley Rice (Ft. Jennings) who placed fourth in the Cabinetmaking contest and Health Technology junior Bianka Robach (Continental) who competed in the Nurse Assisting contest, Derek Schroeder (Kalida), who placed tenth in the CNC Milling contest, Corey Booher (Parkway), who placed fifth in the Collision Repair Technology contest, and Tyler Foust (Delphos Jefferson) who placed fifteenth in the Automotive Service Technology contest.