Each year a special dinner is held to honor and thank the 14 schools that partner with Pioneer, their board members and superintendents, Pioneer board members and administrative staff.
The evening opened with the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Presely Baker and Grayson Roth from the preschool program. Performing arts students Mikala Bell, Emily Raff and Desi Hunt sang the national anthem.
Dinner was in the school cafeteria, where Chef Seth Weibel and the culinary arts students planned, prepared and served an elaborate, New Orleans-style dinner that included shrimp etouffe, chicken jambalaya and beignets. Horticulture students created beautiful, Mardi Gras-themed centerpieces for each table.
Retired Pioneer instructor Lynn Cross performed dinner music on the piano.
The highlight of the evening was senior project presentations by a senior from each home school. The projects are a culmination of each student’s achievements, incorporating both academic and technical skills. All seniors at Pioneer complete one.
Pioneer students in the Reflector readership area who made a senior project presentation were: Bobby Garcia, of Willard High School (automotive technology); and Nash Laser, of Plymouth High School (industrial electricity).
Other students who presented were: Travis Fleming, collision repair from Buckeye Central; Cordell Sipe, cosmetology from Bucyrus; Andrew Johnson, IT support from Colonel Crawford; Desi Hunt, performing arts from Crestline; Anna Chaney, teaching professions from Crestview; Karsey Peters, performing arts from Galion; Madison Clapp, early childhood education from Lexington; Emily Smollen, teaching professions from Lucas; Richard Vara of homeland security of Northmor; Isaac Furlong, precision machining of Ontario; Kaelyn Hurst, medical technologies of Shelby; and Chloe Radcliff, Horticulture of Wynford.
Pioneer Career & Technology Center has been providing quality career-technical education to high school juniors and seniors for 50 years. The school serves more than 1,150 students representing 35-plus career tech Programs and 14 partner schools. Pioneer also offers adult education programs.
For more information, visit www.PioneerCTC.edu.