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Tech prep education lauded


ABOVE: Colton Low speaks Wednesday at the Ohio Hi-Point convocation. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Ohio Hi-Point seniors file down Campbell Hill ahead of the ceremony. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

Invoking advantages to career technical education, student speakers at Wednesday’s Ohio Hi-Point Career Center convocation were confident they can succeed in the next phase of their life.

In all, 214 seniors from 14 schools received certificates of completion in 22 programs of study.

The opportunity to spend two years in a particular concentration gives them a leg up among their peers who received no such formal training, said Colton Low, an electronic technology student from Bellefontaine High School.

He likened a career technical education to a sturdy foundation on a house. Colton predicted success for his peers, and said the education they received is the foundation for future accomplishments.

Echoing those sentiments, Jo’Dawn Parisse, a culinary arts student from Graham High School called her decision to come to Ohio Hi-Point the best decision of her life, adding, her culinary arts training allowed her to “unleash my creativity.”

School officials recognized Audrey Foster, an animal management technology student from Mechanicsburg as the 2013 best in class.

Several students who intend to enlist in the armed services upon graduating were recognized with a standing ovation.

Superintendent Jeff Price reaffirmed Hi-Point’s commitment to each student, encouraging them to stay in touch after graduation.

Mr. Price said staff and faculty board members all are committed to helping students achieve their dreams.

He analogized students’ success with a homemade recipe, and reminded them that discipline and a strong work ethic were important ingredients in that recipe.

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