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School system honors Career Tech scholars

The Henderson County school leaders and guests honored 148 Career and Technical Education Scholars during an awards ceremony Wednesday in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.

Dr. Helen M. Owen, HCPS Career and Technical Education and School Counseling Director, welcomed students and guests. Guest speakers included Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent David L. Jones and Jay Kirby, CEO of Pardee UNC Health Care.

Student speakers were Corban Hossley, Balfour Education Center; Breanna Leopard, East Henderson High; Courtney Simpkins, Hendersonville High; Kaylene Lee, North Henderson High; and Jacob Browning, West Henderson High. High school principals – Mr. Kent Parent, Balfour Education Center; Mr. Scott Rhodes, East Henderson High; Mr. Robert Wilkins, Hendersonville High; Mr. Frank Edney, North Henderson High; and Mr. Dean Jones, West Henderson High - presented the scholars with their certificates and cords.
The Culinary and Foods Program instructors are Karol S. Farlow and Courtney Tiger, East Henderson High; Kim Schmidt, Hendersonville High; Mollie Lytle, North Henderson High; and Meg Buchanan and Brittany Willis, West Henderson High. Students in the Agricultural Education Programs at East Henderson High, North Henderson High, and West Henderson High provided the centerpieces for the reception. The Agricultural Education Program instructors are Mark Dalton, East Henderson High; Gary Blackwell, North Henderson High; and Joe Taylor, West Henderson High. The East Henderson High School Orchestra, directed by Ms. Elizabeth Terry, provided music during the reception.
Instructors Tanya McCall, East Henderson High; Alyson Gooch, Hendersonville High; Mollie Lytle and Mr. Gary Blackwell, North Henderson High; and Karen Franklin comprise the CTE Scholars Committee. Pardee UNC Health Care is the corporate sponsor for this program.
The 2014 CTE Scholars are:

  • Balfour Education Center: Kimberly Raines, Garrett Ammerman, and Corban Hossley.
  • East Henderson High: Robert Baird, Tristan Burrell, Larena Capps, Austin Carter, Paul Chang, Hailey Couch, Courtney Coules, Ruby De La Cruz, Taylor Estremera, Austin Flippin, August Green, Jennifer Hernandez, Josie Jones, Tristan Justice, Breanna Leopard, Haley Lively, Dante Lughart, Alyssa Martone, Carson Mathes, Daniel Maybin, Kasandra Melgar, Mauricio Moreno, Austin Morgan, Maira Perez Martinez, Mary Prince, Autumn Putnam, Teaunna Robinson, Rocio Robles Rodriguez, Mariah Rock, Heather Rollins, Ashley Sain, Shelby Shealy, Jessica Smith, Jonathon Smith, Jose Solano, Olivia Thiery, Mallory Thompson, and Dustin Wortman.
  • Hendersonville High: Victoria Adams, Alexander Anderson, Taryn Bayne, Rebecca Boss, Stephanie Castillo, Morgan Catalano, Brooke Cleary, Chandler Cosgrove, Demitri Gagliano, Kelan Gash, Amber Hernandez, Benjamin Marr, Ian Pugliese, Kobey Rudisill, Konrad Sanders, Tyler Self, Courtney Simpkins, Christopher Slawek, Nicholas Steele, Nikole Sullivan, Cameron Summey, Hannah Trantham, Amber Wheeler, Alexander Yarborough, and Quayzhan Young.
  • North Henderson High: Machiah Baker, Kayla Banks, Abigail Biberdorf, Chelsa Cannon, Shakira Carter, Amber Cate, William Darnell, Davis Fender, Candace Fowler, Joneva Frady, Austin Garren, Dakota Hartsook, Kailey Holden, CayCee Justus, Cody Justus, Kaylene Lee, Dale London, Josh McDaniel, Sandra Mendez, Deidra Moore, Anthony Morrow, Haley Pace, Cameron Pryor, Austin Rhodes, Ebony Robinson, Caleb Rogers, Diane Uwamahoro, Michael Vanderbeck, Lexus Ward, and Leticia Wilkie
  • West Henderson High: Brian Albea, Dania Antiveros, Savanna Austin, Lara Bannister, Austin Barkdoll, Heidi Bishop, Brandon Bloomfield, Jacob Browning, Wesley Burrell, Josheph Chapman, Trevor Coe, Caitlyn Corl, Connor Courtney, Cassidy Dale, Shelby Dalton, Katelyn Day, Katelyn Earley, Christian Edwards, Molly Evans, Zoie Franklin, Sarah Freeman, Brendon Goings, Taylor Green, Julie Hart, Caroline Hauss, Carter Holland, Rachel Hyatt, Anne Ignizio, Vicki Kuznetsov, Grace Levi, Heather Levi, Tiffany McCall, Mitchell McCrary, Kelly McNamara, Audrey Morris, Austin Morse, Taylor Neblett, Isaiah Norris, Brittany Price, Sydney Price, Megan Raxter, Madison Reed, Matthew Rice, Trenton Roush, Sydney Smith, Michael Tang, Christopher Thomas, Samantha Watkins, Carissa Whitaker, Victoria Whitaker, Jessica Williams, and Adam Witte.

The Henderson County Career and Technical Education Scholars recognition program began in 1997. The selection criteria are the same for all HCPS high schools. The criteria includes:

• The first step to become recognized as a CTE Honor Student is to complete an application form.
• GPA Requirements are a 3.25 GPA in all CTE courses taken and 3.00 GPA cumulative overall (unweighted).
• For a student to be considered for recognition, students must have completed four CTE courses, one of which
must be a pathway completer.
• The student is responsible for securing three recommendations, one of which must be the CTE student
organization advisor. The other two may be from a school staff member of the student's choice. The recommendation is in the form of a check-off evaluation sheet.
Each student making an application must be a current member of a CTE Student Organization (CTESO) during the year in which requirements are met. CTESO involvement is on the evaluation checklist with points assigned to denote the level of active participation.