The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

March 21, 2013

A-Tech students preparing for state events

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JEFFERSON —

“Everyone from the American Red Cross is very impressed with the way we treat them at A-Tech,” said instructor Shannon Cheney.

Marybeth Sanford, the new pharmacy technology program instructor, said, “My first year went really well. The American Red Cross was very happy with the drive. It went very smooth, and I was very impressed with how well the junior and senior students participated and it helped everyone out so very much.”

Instructor Mary Bettcher added, “It is nice to be able to spread our event over two days. If we only had one day, which many schools do, it would be difficult for everyone who wanted to participate to be able to.”

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Dominoes Pizza and Subway of Jefferson who donated pizza and sandwiches for those students who donated.

Preparations are well under way for several state-wide events A-Tech will be participating in next month. SkillsUSA, an organization which enables students to compete in their career-technical field, will be holding state competitions in Columbus on April 21, 22 and 23. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will hold state-wide competitions on April 17, 18 and 19 in Columbus as well. These competitions will allow students to showcase their talents and compete against students from other career technical schools across the state.

Senior graphic communications student Nikki Dubecky is looking forward to the challenge at her second state competition. “After going to Columbus last year and advancing to nationals, I’m looking forward to this trip because I will know what to expect,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, there will still be nerves to deal with, but I expect that I will be much more confident and focused on being the best I can be.”

Good luck to all of the A-Tech students who are attending these events!

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