Acknowledging Excellence 2013
Jean Sullivian, April 18, 2013
|The 2013 Acknowledging Excellence recipients were honored for their outstanding accomplishments.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational and Technical Education honored the 2013 recipients of the Acknowledging Excellence Awards at the annual dinner ceremony held at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. Each year the Foundation honors an outstanding community partnership, a retired Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) Educator and three Ocean County Vocational Technical School graduates.
This year the Foundation recognized Micromedia Publications and Publisher Stew Swann as Outstanding Business Partnership. Micromedia Publications provides support for the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district through print advertising, publicity, and public awareness promotion. Micromedia Publications, Inc. was founded in 1995 and consists of seven publications and has a potential reach of 165,000 people in Ocean County communities. Recently Micromedia Publications assigned a reporter to visit each of the district’s centers over the course of several weeks. The multi-article series captured the unique character and spirit of each school.
Micromedia’s support of OCVTS goes far beyond the newsroom and advertising department of his papers. Stew Swann has served as a trustee on the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education and as a member of the OCVTS General Advisory Committee, providing invaluable guidance and direction as our district continues to grow and adapt to meet the challenges of our business communities.
Vern Beadle, of Toms River was recognized as the OCVTS Retired Educator. Mr. Beadle began his career with Ocean County Vocational Technical School in July 1992. In his 16 years of service in administration Vern served as Vice Principal at the OCVTS Waretown Center, Vice Principal and then Principal of the OCVTS Brick Center, Vice Principal and then Principal of OCVTS Student Services and Principal of the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy. Mr. Beadle served as a mentor for new administrators as well as oversaw the OCVTS General Advisory Committee for several years.
Three successful graduates were also recognized. Joseph Glonek, of Lanoka Harbor graduated from the OCVTS Welding Program in 2003. While attending OCVTS Joseph was a SkillsUSA medalist in the New Jersey State TIG Welding competition.
After graduation Mr. Glonek was hired as a welder by Viking Yachts, in New Gretna. He moved up through the ranks and he is now a supervisor for Palm Beach Towers, a division of Viking Yacht, with facilities in both New Gretna, New Jersey and Riviera Beach, Florida. Palm Beach Towers specializes in state-of- the-art design of tuna towers, express towers, marine aluminum fabrication and fiberglass hardtops. Joseph has mentored OCVTS Welding students at the New Gretna facility. He has also been very active in his community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Sean Hartmann, of Jackson graduated from the OCVTS Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program in 2008. Sean truly embraced his passion for all aspects of environmental education. He was awarded numerous awards in ornamental horticulture, diversified crop management and turf management.
Since graduation Sean had been employed by the Rutgers Eco Complex where he was involved in several research and development projects including: piloted a hydroponics and aquaponics project demonstrating viability; successfully propagating 18,000 plants for New York elementary classroom studies; coordinated Integrated Pest management for greenhouses; maintained fishery quality protocols, maintained botanical inventories creating sale and seasonal displays, incorporated history, science and mathematics into presentation for elementary school visitors to the Eco Complex.
Sean is currently employed by the Monmouth County Highway. Sean has remained very involved with the OCVTS Agriculture Program. He was instrumental in the design and development of the hydroponics system in the OCVTS greenhouse in Jackson. He also serves as a guest speaker on topics such as aquaculture and hydroponics
David Margentino, of Toms River graduated from the OCVTS Law & Public Safety Program in 2004. While at OCVTS he earned a Gold Medal in the SkillsUSA Law Enforcement Competition as well as the Law and Public Safety Police Professionalism Award for the graduating student that exhibited the highest degree of professionalism in the class. David attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated Class Valedictorian from the Ocean County Police Academy,Class #29.
David is a member of the Point Pleasant First Aid Squad as well as the Point Pleasant Beach Underwater Search and Rescue Unit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Detective Margentino has logged many hours protecting life and property along the barrier islands. Detective Margentino is a frequent guest speaker for OCVTS Law & Public Safety classes providing insight into homicide and crime scene investigation
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education was established in 1994. The Foundation provides funds for learning and training activities not funded through other means. Donations also support professional growth of staff and provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs. The Foundation promotes community awareness of educational challenges and solutions and develops enrichment programs to address the needs of OCVTS and the community it serves. The Foundation also provides resources for equipment and training in the most recent technologies used in the workplace and for the development of innovative technologies in teaching and learning. For more information about the Foundation visit www.ocvts.org/foundation.