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Indian Valley Vocational Center holds Awards Night

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Indian Valley Vocational Center hosted its annual Awards Night on May 16 at Timber Creek Conference Center. Local and memorial scholarships were presented as well as recognition of SkillsUSA award winners, presentation of Technical Honor Society members, and one- and two-year perfect attendance recipients.

Recognition of graduating seniors with certificates of completion was the highlight of the evening. Several hundred family members and friends were in attendance to congratulate all of these students on their accomplishments.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students: WCC Gustafson Scholarship – Bradley Jasutis (Yorkville); Ray Larsen Memoria – Torianna Thompson (Sandwich); Sandwich Rotary Club – Gina Lorusso (Sandwich); Marcia Murphy Memorial – Kersten Kidd (Paw Paw); Connie Olson Memorial – Emily Wittke (Indian Creek) and Tim Tausch (Indian Creek); Doran Greif Memorial Automotive – Zachary Thurber (Sandwich); Karam Family Memorial – Daniel Bertucci (Yorkville); John Kedzierski Memorial – Matthew Wells (Sandwich); Roy L. Wright Memorial Welding – Nicholas Ekstrom (Paw Paw); Richard Wasson Memorial Fire Science – Jacob Johns (Sandwich).

Recognition was given to those students who won gold medals at the State SkillsUSA Conference in Springfield. Alyssa Allen, a junior from Paw Paw took first place in medical terminology and Melissa Tassone, a senior at Sandwich took first place in photography. The Quiz Bowl team of Juan Castellanos (Newark), Tim Fletcher (Newark), Jack Lutkus (Sandwich), Mireina Rodriguez (Plano), and KC Stager (Sandwich) took first place.

Indian Valley Vocational Center Technical Honor Society students received Certificates of Merit. These 65 juniors and seniors maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA at their home schools and a straight A average in their IVVC program for the 2012-2013 school year.

One-year perfect attendance certificates were awarded to 27 IVVC students. A two-year perfect attendance award was presented to Joseph Kimmey, a computer technology student from Sandwich High School.

Seniors from IVVC’s 15 career and technical programs were presented with certificates based on 450 completion hours for first-year students and 900 hours for second-year students.

The following students were recognized as Most Outstanding in their programs: Auto Body Repair – Tyler Sebby (Sandwich) and Jacob Marshall (Yorkville); Auto Technology – Taylor Morphey (Somonauk) and Sarrina Stewart (Earlville); Building Trades – Tim Tausch (Indian Creek); Computer Technology – Mitchell Prentice (Sandwich); Cosmetology (Oswego Hair Professionals) – Emily Smith (Yorkville); Culinary Arts – Andrea Rosendahl (Sandwich) and Paige Turnbow (Sandwich); Drafting and Design – Zachary Goldsboro (Somonauk); Early Childhood Development – Joseph Scheller (Hinckley-Big Rock); Fire Science – Zachary Overmyer (Yorkville) and Hayley Hinterlong (Serena); Graphic Communications – Melissa Tassone (Sandwich); Health Occupations Exploring – Joseph Runkle (Yorkville); Health Occupations CNA – Caitlyn Wise (Serena) and Brittany Durancik (Yorkville); Law Enforcement – Paul Schultz (Sandwich) and Michael Aviles (Leland); Sports Medicine/Management – Brandon Franciscy (Sandwich) and Trey Jansen (Sandwich); Welding and Fabrication – Kyle Pearson (Sandwich).

The following students were recognized as Most Improved in their program areas: Building Trades – Cesar Montiel (Plano); Computer Technology – Ariel Garcia (Sandwich); Cosmetology – Kasey Mikalajunas (Yorkville); Early Childhood Development – Rachel Burke-Franz (Earlville); Graphic Communications – Abby Mitchell (Sandwich); Welding and Fabrication – Joel King (Earlville).

Indian Valley Vocational Center is a career center for high school juniors and seniors located in Sandwich. Eleven school districts (Earlville, Hinckley-Big Rock, Indian Creek, Leland, Newark, Paw Paw, Plano, Sandwich, Serena, Somonauk, Yorkville) participate in the Indian Valley cooperative which offers 15 career and technical programs. Learn more about Indian Valley Vocational Center and its career programs by visiting www.ivvc.net.

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