Esther is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care from Wooster. She is the daughter of Jeff and Katie of Wooster. “Esther is one of the most talented student leaders that I have ever had the fortune of knowing,” said Deb McDonald, ECE instructor. “What makes Esther so special is her upbeat personality and her ability to make everyone feel important. Her smile is contagious and her energy is boundless.”
Esther is President of Student Leadership Council, a member of National Honor Society, a Career Center Student Ambassador, a member of Key Club, Drug Free Clubs of America, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Last year, she placed first at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America regionals and state, and received a perfect score and gold medal at nationals in Teach and Train. She is on the regional FCCLA executive council.
She takes her academic classes at Wayne College, works at the Barn Restaurant as hostess, is in tennis, track, speech and debate at Wooster, and still finds time to volunteer in her church.
After graduation, she plans to attend either Mount Vernon Nazarene University or Baldwin Wallace University, for a degree in communications, specializing in public relations.
Jordan is a senior in Criminal Justice from Wooster. He is the son of Tiffany of Wooster. “Jordan is one of the most polite persons you will ever meet,” said Warren Caskey, CJ instructor. “He works very hard at everything, always giving his best effort, and has the highest integrity. He is a compassionate person who likes to help others whenever and wherever there is a need.”
Jordan is President of both Key Club and National Honor Society, a SkillsUSA Leadership officer, a member of Student Leadership Council, on the Criminal Justice Honor Guard, a Student Ambassador, and was class president last year. He gives the high school announcements, and his team won 6th place at the Crime Scene Investigation SkillsUSA competition last year.
He is a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office explorer post. Following graduation, he is planning to enter the Air Force ROTC program at Kent State University, get a degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He also wants an additional degree in the Turkish language.
Maria is a senior in Culinary Arts from Triway. She is the daughter of Timothy and Helena (Helena is one of our English teachers), of Shreve. “Maria is a self-motivated student leader who puts the team before her personal needs,” said Andrew Arko, Culinary instructor. “She understands that nothing is given to you; you have to work for it.”
Maria is a Student Ambassador, a member of National Honor Society, and the winner of 3 culinary competitions last year: Culinary Affair with Pork, the Ohio Culinary Invitational, and the Asian Fling Competition at the Wayne County Care Center.
She works at City Square Steakhouse in Wooster as a line cook, food runner and buser. Kevin Lambs, the manager, said, “Is there any of your friends that we can hire who work as hard as you?”
At Triway, Maria is in marching band, track and field, and was an outdoor education counselor. She was a service leader at her church and still volunteers there, was in concert band, and enjoys yoga at Flex Yoga.
Her plans after graduation include attending Johnson & Wales University for a degree in culinary nutrition.
Kristopher is a junior in Engineering Technologies at Orrville High School, but hails from Triway. He is the son of Michael of Wooster. “Kris has proven to be a positive individual and his can-do attitude has been reflected in his work and projects,” said Bill Peters, Engineering instructor. “He has illustrated strong leadership, commitment, goal-setting, dedication, time management and responsibility.”
Kristopher is a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, and also works at City Square Steakhouse in Wooster as a support staff member. “Kris has a great attitude and strong work ethic,” said Brad Beuns, assistant general manager. “He is a true model employee for his position.”
Kris is in wrestling at Triway, and also volunteers as a youth wrestling coach.
After graduation, he plans to attend either Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, or Ohio Northern University, to earn a degree in mechanical engineering. He would like to explore the United State, and possibly abroad.
Katie is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care from Dalton, the daughter of Tammy of Wooster.
“Katie is a very responsible student who willingly does what is asked, and then does even more,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “She is self-motivated and always works ahead of schedules.”
She is a member of National Honor Society, a Career Center Student Ambassador, a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, was a regional and state Gold medal winner at FCCLA contests as a junior, and is a member of Key Club and Prom Committee. She plans to obtain her Child Development Associate certification before she leaves high school.
She works at Kraus’ Pizza in Dalton. “Katie is a hard worker and very dependable,” said Karen Starkey. “I can always count on her.”
At Dalton, she was in softball, the spring musical, and choir. She also volunteered with the Wooster Arts and Jazz Festival in the kid’s tent, helped at the Rogues Hollow festival, and with the nursery at her church.
After graduation, she plans to attend North Central State College for an associate degree in early childhood education, and eventually teach in grades K-3. After moving to Tennessee, she wants to obtain her bachelor’s degree to teach grades K-8.
Autumn is a junior in Medical Assisting, the daughter of Beth of Dalton.
“Autumn has done an exceptional job,” said Medical Assisting instructor Keri Merickel. “She is an amazing young lady, who is very active in Health Occupations Students of America.”
Autumn is treasurer of her class, and works at El Don Cocina Mexicana, a Mexican Restaurant in Navarre, as hostess. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America, and plans to go to college to become a medical lab technician.
Daylea is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care, the daughter of Dayne and Christy of Smithville.
“Daylea has a natural talent working with young children,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “Her creative abilities and enthusiasm draw children to her.”
She is a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, was a regional, state and national Gold medal winner at FCCLA contests as a junior, and is a member of Drug Free Clubs of America.
She works at Hartzler Family Dairy and at the Daily Record. At Smithville, she is in soccer, softball, drama, is a volunteer at Grace Church preschool and the Red Cross Festival of Trees. After graduation, she plans to attend North Central State College to get her associate degree, and continue at The Ohio State University for her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
Colton is a senior in Truck Mechanics, the son of Greg and Tiffany of Wooster.
“Colton is a very dependable student,” said instructor John Smucker. “He is very well liked by his peers. He is always the first to help out when asked.”
Colton is a member of SkillsUSA, Drug Free Clubs of America, is class president, and a Career Center Student Ambassador. He works at Town & Country CO-OP as a laborer, working to be a driver for them. “Colton is a dependable and knowledgeable employee,” said Sam Bradenburg.
Colton enjoys working on his 1968 Chevy Pickup truck, four-wheeling, and camping with his family and friends. His goal is to get his CDL, and have a full time job driving trucks.
Elizabeth is a senior in Early Childhood Education and Care, the daughter of Joe and Kendra of Rittman. She is enrolled in the Ohio Connections Academy, where she is a member of its National Honor Society. She also takes classes at Wayne College.
“Elizabeth possesses a degree of maturity beyond her teenage years,” said instructor Deb McDonald. “She is dedicated to improving the lives of young children, and is skilled in teaching and reaching each child.”
She was on the High Honor Roll all last year, a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, won a gold rating in curriculum unit development in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition. She received a Certificate of Achievement as a junior.
She works at Ramsier’s Willow Spring Farm as an assistant. “She works independently, and always willing for the next job,” said Joe Ramsier. “She does a good job caring about the animals.”
She volunteers at the Apostolic Christian Harvest Call center, sings for the elderly, and serves tea and coffee at the Christian Village three times a year. She is trained in QPR Suicide prevention. She makes and sells sticker puzzles, currently having three puzzles on the market; she teaches piano lessons.
After graduation, she plans to graduate with her Child Development Associate credential, then complete her associate degree in Early Childhood Education at North Central State College.