Pioneer Career and Technology Center Building

Pioneer Career and Technology Center is located in Shelby.

SHELBY -- A long list of student achievements topped Tuesday night's Pioneer Career and Technology Center board meeting.

Board member Mary Jean Theaker announced Andrew Smollen (Lucas) and Quinn Louk (Crestview) were selected October Students of the Month.

Andrew is enrolled in the Home Remodeling program at Pioneer and is the son of Kim and Phil Smollen. At Lucas, he plays football, basketball, and baseball. He is also in the National Honor Society and Youth Group at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.

Quinn is enrolled in the Medical Technologies program at Pioneer and is the daughter of Dave Louk. At Crestview, she has been in the Drama Club as part of the Tech Crew holding positions in Stage Tech and Building Tech. She participates in many volunteer activities in her community.

After graduation, Quinn plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in Biological Sciences with a Pre-Med concentration with the intention of attending medical school. Ultimately, the end goal is to obtain all the education and credentials needed to become a pediatric physician.

Ashleigh Atkeson (Mansfield Senior), Jordan Caudill (Northmor), Sami Cole (Galion), Hailey Eldridge (Shelby), Colton Harper (Ashland), Hannah Ireton (Bucyrus), Alyssa Markley (Madison), Siclali Portuguez (Willard), Brinley Reed (Lucas), Claire Skoog (Lexington), Alexis Thayer (Madison), and Kylie Thompson (Galion) are now certified Dental Assistant Radiographers according to the Ohio State Dental Board.

Each student had to complete a 7-hour radiology course, pass a written exam with a minimum of 75%, complete a clinical component which included exposing and developing film x-rays and exposing digital x-rays, and then apply to the Dental Board to earn this certification. Mrs. Melissa Myers is the Dental Program instructor.

Bucyrus DECA students placed at the fall leadership Conference. Quintessa Spellbount and Adacyn Rister finished in 1st place in their categories at Bluffton University. This win moves her forward to the State DECA conference to compete for Public Relations Officer for the State of Ohio.

Eddie Dagher and Gavin O’Connell received 2nd place awards; Ashley Davis, Kelsey Fackler, Ella Hoover, Maddison McDaniel, Rylee Powers, and Kameron Lewis finished in 4th place, and Adriana Clark, Alexi Payne, Chris Wicker, and Noah Burke finished in 5th place.

A number of upcoming events students will be involved in were also highlighted.

On Tuesday, Nov. 23. students will enjoy a Thanksgiving Luncheon (students will be served by staff) complete with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and dessert. December 17th PCTC will conduct a Holiday Open House.

Linda Schumacher, Treasurer reported GAP conversion has been completed. The auditors will arrive soon for the yearly audit. The five-year forecast has been completed. Possible changes will be made if Rover Pipeline loses its appeal at the next hearing which will be held in early 2022.

The forecast was made without including the monies from Rover.

Anne Kurtzman, Instructor of the Performing Arts Program announced her students have been very busy.

Recently they finished painting the windows at the Richland Carrousel, sang for Lexington Senior Luncheon at Der Dutchman, several of the singers performed with the Mansfield Symphony’s Family Pops, Zavier and Ian Barnes, seniors from Ontario had leads in the Mansfield Youth Theatre’s production of Little Mermaid.

Last weekend they hosted a small film shoot in the building. Louie Kurtzman (former Performing Arts student), was the First Assistant Director, Senior Samantha Cassidy (Lexington), was the production assistant, and a special guest, Kris Leiter, an actor on the project who graduated from Pioneer 30 years ago.

Upcoming events include:

-- Students will be singing at the Downtown Mansfield Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3. The art crew will be working the Tiny Tim Shoppe Downtown Mansfield. On Dec. 11, they will be at the Crestline Christmas event singing at the gazebo.

-- The Performing Arts Program at Pioneer gives students the chance to become involved in events and to learn about what interests them in the performing arts area of education.

-- A possible league may be organized for E-Sports giving the students competition.

Pioneer Career & Technology Center Board of Education meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the board room.

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