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Oak Harbor School Board honors career-technical students

January 31, 2013 · Updated 3:35 PM

Oak Harbor High School’s CTE Students of the Semester stand with their teachers who nominated them after they were recognized by the school board Monday night. / Nathan Whalen / Whidbey News-Times

The Oak Harbor School Board recognized more than a dozen students from Oak Harbor High School as Students of the Quarter for the Career and Technical Education program. Students represented all classes of the school’s program from metals fabrication to culinary arts and everything in between.

Career and Technical Education director Sandee Oehring announced the students during Monday’s Oak Harbor School Board meeting along with an explanation by their teachers for the nomination.

“As you can see, we have a lot to be proud of in CTE,” Oehring said during the school board meeting.

Students honored

Claire Hovde, 3D Modeling nominated by Marc deLeuze

Claire has taken three of the four classes available in the engineering related program and has excelled in every one of them, receiving straight As. Additionally, she has been the driving force of the success of the Engineering and Architecture Club this year. She is serving as the club president, setting meeting dates and advising club members. Claire is one of those students who loves to work and loves to help others to understand when they are confused or don’t understand the topic at hand. She is definitely a young lady who is not afraid to take charge, and she knows where she wants to go.

Sydney Beck, Metals Fabrication nominated by Jerry Mumper

Sydney is very interested in learning to work with his hands and develop his vocational skills. His passion and commitment to learning these skills are apparent in the craftsmanship and the attention to details that are reflected in his projects. Sydney comes in after school twice a week to work on both school and community service projects. He does not like to leave projects unfinished and puts in the extra time to ensure the projects get completed. Sydney prides himself in his work. He listens and follows directions. He is not afraid to ask questions if he does not get something right away. Sydney looks for the deeper understanding in regard to working in a shop; he does not just go through the motions. He really wants to know what is going on and why. He is a great kid.




Mason Beauchamp, Graphic Arts nominated by Paula Ottenbreit

Mason Beauchamp has approached the assignment problems presented in graphics/photography in a thoughtful manner. His well-designed work consistently ranks in the top solutions for the class. He has impressed me with his work ethic and creative ideas. He has been an excellent student during this semester. He has creativity, curiosity and a great work ethic. Mason always contributes solid ideas, thoughtful critiques and excellent work. I have enjoyed teaching him. He is definitely deserving of this honor.




Megan Kanterman, Microsoft Word/TA intern nominated Sabrina Underwood

Megan is a bright student with a positive attitude and excellent work ethic who plans to study accounting after high school. She has excelled both as a student in Microsoft Word and as a TA Internship student with Mr. Frostad. In Microsoft Word, Megan comes to class with a smile on her face ready to work. She works hard every day to complete all of her assignments quickly and efficiently. Often she completes her assignments early and with such efficiency that she is called on to help the other students. Whenever she assists other students she does so with great maturity and kindness. Megan

also makes sure to complete all of the additional assignments for each unit in order to advance her skills and knowledge. As a TA Internship student Megan is often left alone to work in the science prep and storage room. This is what Mr. Frostad says about Megan: “Megan is one of the most self-directed, self-motivated TAs I’ve ever had. When given a general description of a task, she will use critical thinking and problem solving skills to work her way to a solution without needing detailed instructions from me. She focuses on finishing one task before starting another and actively seeks feedback when finished. She learns quickly, is an active listener and is not afraid to ask questions or suggest better solutions.”




Kyle Noe, Video/Broadcast Communications nominated by Chris Douthitt

What can I say about Kyle? How about amazing? Or how about dedicated, loyal, perceptive, spirited, positive and trustworthy? Yea, that’s good, but there’s more. He’s also a learner. Kyle has shown more interest in learning and more progress in his knowledge of production than just about any student I’ve had. To give you an idea of his commitment to our program, Kyle has accumulated a few extra-credit points. That’s because he has volunteered to help at 15 after-school events televised by Wildcat TV. He’s only required to do one. When you add it all up, Kyle currently has a 258 percent grade in my class! Kyle’s eagerness to help and his positive attitude make him stand out from the rest. As Kyle likes to say, “It’s all good.”




Haruka Earney, NJROTC nominated by Cmdr. Mike Black

Reflecting his outstanding record of academic, military and extracurricular achievement, NJROTC Cadet Haruka Earney has been offered an Appointment to the United States Naval Academy and has also been selected for a four-year NROTC scholarship to the University of Washington! Cadet Earney is an outstanding young man with tremendous leadership potential. He is a natural leader who always leads by example, consistently exercises sound judgment, and always conducts himself with the highest degree of personal honor and integrity. He continues to exceed my highest expectations both as a student-athlete and as battalion commander of our NJROTC unit. In addition, Haruka is a member of the air rifle (marksmanship) team, orienteering team and academic team. Cadet Earney is an exceptionally capable and hard-working student. He has earned a 3.93 grade point average while taking a demanding academic program including advanced placement (AP) courses in language and composition, U.S. history, literature, and U.S. government.




Dylan Dahl, Advanced Automotive Tech nominated by Macs McDonald

Dylan has a great attitude and is always eager to learn. He is always willing to help, volunteering after school and during his lunch period. Dylan is currently working on becoming a volunteer firefighter, and he has plans to go to Renton Technical School for heavy diesel training in the future. He clearly enjoys his Advanced Automotive class, as he always looks forward to learning something new. Dylan is a wonderful student to work with.




Brian Sutherland, Wood Technology nominated by Tom Mueller

Brian is a senior who is in the Wood Technology class. Brian completed all the required projects plus projects of his own design for extra credit. He also chose to do the required project for cabinetry so he could work on projects of his own when he is in that class next semester. Out of a possible 100 percent, Brian is at over 150 percent with all the high-quality work he has done.




Ty Welshans, Sports Medicine and Internship nominated by Trevor Reed

Ty is a student with tremendous work ethic and drive. He has done an incredible job working with our athletic programs at Oak Harbor High School this fall and winter as a student athletic trainer within our sports medicine program. One of the best compliments that one of our students can receive is to have our coaching staffs recognize their value and ask for them specifically to work their sporting events. Ty has completed over double the required internship requirement during the first semester. Through his continuous hard work and dedication, Ty has probably been the most requested student I have ever had.




Jessica Travenetti, Robotics and Automation nominated by Che Edoga

Jessica Travenetti is one of those students that come along only every once in a while. Jessica is hard working and takes her grades seriously. When she turns in assignments you can tell she has taken the extra time to make sure everything is neat and complete, and she works hard at solving problems and works well with a variety of other students. Jessica is always willing to help other students and puts her all into everything she does. It has been a pleasure having her in my class this semester, and I feel that if she continues working the way she does, there is nothing she won’t be able to accomplish.




Racheal Balasa, Culinary Arts nominated by Chef Mary Arthur

Racheal Balasa has exemplary skills, passion, character, and a strong work ethic. Her peers recognize her abilities and seek her out for assistance when they are struggling with a skill. She assists without judgment or condescension and enhances their experience in the class. Her strong leadership skills have earned her the role of captain of the Oak Harbor High School ProStart Culinary Team for two years, leading them to a fifth-place finish at nationals last year. This is also her second time as the culinary student of the semester, garnering that title for the first semester last year, as well.




Courtney Opilas, Human Body and Internship nominated by Fil Jepsen

The Human Body and Medical Internships course is a fast-paced, college level course which can be a challenge for high school students. However, Courtney has shown outstanding performance in this class. Her ability to handle the workload and comprehend the complex concepts of human anatomy and physiology is evident by her 103.94 percent grade average in the class. What is obvious by this high percent average is that she performs beyond what is expected by taking on extra credit challenges and consistently submitting assignments ahead of the due date. Possessing an outstanding work ethic, she has the drive, the ability and the intellect to be successful in pursuing any career in healthcare.




Jillian White, DECA/Student Store nominated by Eric Peterson

Jillian White is deserving of Student of the Semester for her commitment to the DECA Club as well as the Student Store. This past month, Jillian has taken on and coordinated two major projects — the DECA Safeway Takeover and the School Based Enterprise (SBE) manual for the Student Store (our application for national recognition through DECA). The Safeway Takeover involved working with members of Safeway staff to schedule, plan and work out the logistics of 54 Oak Harbor students working in Safeway for a day. The SBE manual was a 51-page project that Jillian helped write, as well as coordinate contributions from three other students to complete (we are still waiting on the results). Individually these are large projects which she completed both on time and with pizzazz. Jillian is highly deserving of this award.


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