Lex Bise and Greg Nickoli

Lex Bise, the 2019 Byron H. Carmean Award winner, is shown here with Superintendent Greg Nickoli.

SHELBY -- The arena at Pioneer Career and Technology Center was packed with excited Pioneer students and proud family members Thursday, May 2 for the annual Pioneer Honors Night.

During the event students were recognized for achieving, performing and succeeding at extraordinary levels.

Scholarships were awarded to many students for continuing education with the total amount over $3 million. Pioneer also announced over 400 special awards including the Director’s Attitude Awards and Citizenship Awards. Over 250 Pioneer students were honored.

A major highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2019 Byron H. Carmean Character, Dedication and Service Award winner, Lex Bise, a senior from Ontario High School. Bise has excelled in Pioneer’s Exercise Science/Sports Medicine program with instructor Michael Millward.

The Carmean Award is the highest award given to a Pioneer student and was created to recognize students with outstanding qualities of character, personal dedication and service to education. In addition to Bise’s classroom success, she is a very active at Pioneer, Ontario High School and as a community volunteer.

At Pioneer Bise has been involved with the HOSA (Future Health Professionals) as President & National Qualifying Competitor, National Technical Honors Society as President, Pioneer Mock Trial Team and Student Council. At Ontario, Bise is a member of National Honors Society, varsity track and varsity soccer. Bise’s volunteer endeavors include Richland County Humane Society, Cystic Fibrosis Community Awareness Events and Youth Soccer Coach.

This year’s other deserving nominees for the Carmean Award includes seniors:

· Samantha Carroll, Ontario High School, Early Childhood Education.

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· Brianna Fox, Ontario High School, Exercise Science/Sports Medicine.

· Destinee Hunt, Crestline High School, Performing Arts.

· Karsey Peters, Galion High School, Performing Arts.