Golden Recognition- OCVTS Students Honored by Ocean County Freeholders
Jean Sullivian, June 12, 2009
Nine Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students were recently recognized by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their outstanding achievements at the 2009 SkillsUSA State Competitions. The students received First Place gold medals in their career area competitions, which took place in Somerset, New Jersey, in early May. They had each qualified for the state competition through their excellent performances at the regional competition level, held earlier this year. The gold medal winners, and their advisors, will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, at the end of June, to compete in national competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to OCVTS, presented each student with a certificate and commended them on their dedication and outstanding achievements. Receiving certificates were (listed with hometown and program of study):Jamie Claudeo, Jackson, Electrical Trades/Integrated Cabling; Preston Hare, Jackson, Retail Store Operations/Marketing; Timothy Hochstrasser, Barnegat, Computer Science; Keith Kaiser, Jackson, A+ Certification; Stacy Kartasheff, Jackson, Health & Fitness Technology; James Kelly, West Creek, Law & Public Safety; Chris Levy, Lakewood, Automotive Technology; Alihbo Rosado, Lakewood, Building Construction Technology; and Sean Signorello, Manahawkin, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to promote the growth and development of a skilled workforce in America
Also receiving gold medals but unable to attend the Freeholders meeting are: Matthew Budesa, Pine Beach, Law & Public Safety; Kyle Schmitt, Toms River, Law & Public Safety; Cameron Banasiak, Toms River, Law & Public Safety; Karissa Hahn, Lanoka Harbor, Law & Public Safety; Forrest Hammerstrom, Waretown, Law & Public Safety; Patrick Luckey, Brick, Collision Repair; Jefferey Heath, Lakehurst, Collision Repair; Keith Bowens, Bayville, Aviation Aerospace Technology; Ed Chaplauske, Toms River, Marine Trades; Kayla Festa, Jackson, Cosmetology; and Melissa Grecksch, Jackson, Cosmetology.
Nine OCVTS students earned silver medals: Austin Kramer, Toms River, Introduction to Culinary Arts; Blaine Carey, Little Egg Harbor, Collision Repair; Jeffrey Johnson, Point Pleasant, Law & Public Safety; Samuel Mason, Toms River, Law & Public Safety; Tom Luce, Forked River, Motorsports Technology; Keith Buckman, Toms River, Plumbing; James Bell, Toms River, Automotive and Diesel Engine Technology; Travis Carroll, Forked River, Automotive Technology; and Ryan Taglang, Barnegat, Marine and Environmental Science.
Twelve OCVTS students earned bronze medals: Matthew Cofone, Bayville, Architectural Engineering/Design; Nichole Ratay, Forked River, Cosmetology; Juan Ramon-Aquino, Brant Beach, Culinary Arts; Mitch Russo, Beachwood, Cosmetology; Storm Schrantz, Galloway, Cosmetology; Jesse Ortiz, Point Pleasant, Graphic Design Technology; Lysette Reid, Brick, health & Fitness Technology; Chelsea Giannone, Brick, Graphic Design Technology; David Brennan, Toms River, Automotive Technology; Mallory Sharon, Toms River, Collision Repair; Kimberly Karch, Beachwood, Electrical Trades/Integrated Cabling; and Rebecca Harvey, Toms River, Culinary Arts.