Norwalk Reflector: 'Phenomenal group' of EHOVE students shine during senior signing day
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'Phenomenal group' of EHOVE students shine during senior signing day

Cary Ashby • May 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM

AVERY — The first-ever senior signing day at EHOVE Career Center was a special coincidence for Amanda Shaw.

On Friday, the New London High School senior signed her letter of intent to work for Gaymont Care & Rehabilitation. It also was one year ago to the day that she started working at the Norwalk business. Part of Shaw’s experience as a nursing assistant has been “hands-on relationships with residents and family members.”

“It really is like family. Gaymont’s whole thing is that we are family,” added the daughter of Robert Shaw and Carla Osborne.

Gaymont received signed promises from seven local students from the medical careers program: Ryana Fannin, Kylie Livermore and Lauren Matthews (Western Reserve), Hallie Kilbride (Edison), Amanda Shaw and Rheanna Tomblin (New London) and Evan Wick (Norwalk).

“I feel like we are pretty blessed to have them. A big group of them started last summer. Three or four of them actually went through our class, so they were in EHOVE, but our STNA course. Then the other group came in afterward,” said Jessica Kipp, an assistant director nursing at Gaymont.

STNA stands for state-tested nursing assistant. Kipp, the students’ instructors and Chris Lykins, an assistant director of nursing at Gaymont, were with the students for their big moment in the spotlight.

“They’re just a phenomenal group of kids and I feel very blessed to have them,” Kipp said.

EHOVE students cheered for their classmates Friday as they signed letters of intention to work for area businesses or enlist in the military. Almost two-thirds of those 56 students were from Huron County schools.

“This is an exciting day for us,” said Principal Erica Beckman, who noted businesses play an important role in preparing students for the work field. “This is a proud day for students, parents and EHOVE.”

The signing seniors not only will have completed their EHOVE programs, but also will receive their high school diplomas and industry credentials.

“Pretty much it means I know what my baseline is and what I want to base the rest of my life off of,” Shaw said. “I’ve always been surrounded by … people (who) made me excited to join the medical field.”

Kipp shared a little bit of Wick’s story and his decision to pursue a nursing career.

“Evan is just a wonderful asset to the team. He’s a good boy; he’s a great nursing assistant. And he actually at first didn’t know if he wanted to go into nursing or radiology. He actually told me a couple months ago he really felt like nursing was going to be his path,” Kipp said.

The Gaymont administrator said she believes Wick’s compassion and “caring for others” led him to follow nursing.

“It really shows through his work,” she added.

Eight Huron County-area students signed their intent to enlist with the military.

New London senior Leland Crandall will join the Ohio Army National Guard as an 88M motor transport operator.

“I joined the National Guard because (it offers) free college and I want to be a paramedic one day,” said the son of Duane Crandall and Trina Fannin Crandall. “I’m a truck driver in the National Guard and I want to be a paramedic for Mansfield, I’m thinking.”

Other local EHOVE students who signed with the military were: 

• Shane Barron (Edison, criminal justice): 31B military police with the U.S. Army

• Joscelyn Hehrer (Edison, business and marketing): 31B military police with the Army

• Mason Kerby (Norwalk, criminal justice): U.S. Marine Corps

• Cody Lyons (Bellevue, criminal justice): 12B combat engineer with the Army

• Tyler Schippel (Bellevue, career-based intervention): 11B infantry with the Ohio Army National Guard

• Austin Thompson (Bellevue, criminal justice): Marines

• Samuel Vanderpool (Norwalk, criminal justice): 91B wheeled vehicle mechanic with the National Guard

Leland Crandall, who is in the firefighter/emergency medical technician program at EHOVE, said going into the military “means a lot to everyone around (here), growing up in a small community.” Part of his inspiration came from his late cousin, Sgt. Patrick Carrol, a neighbor of Crandall’s grandparents. Carrol grew up in the New London area.

“After he lost his life in the war, it kinda like got me fired up,” Crandall said. “It was in Afghanistan. He threw himself on a grenade to save his platoon.”

Crandall’s grandfather served in World War II.

“My grandpa’s brother served in the Vietnam War,” he said. “My dad was surprised when I wanted to sign up.”

Several students were accepted into the student opportunities in aviation repair (aka S.O.A.R.) training program at Component Repair Technologies. After four weeks of intense training, they hope to get a job with the Mentor company. The local seniors were Zachary Hindle (Edison, industrial tech) and Mason Yates (Edison, electrical tech).

Other EHOVE seniors who signed Friday were:

• Caleb Burgett (South Central, diesel tech) with Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking

• Caden Cooper (Edison, construction tech) with Cooper Family Farms

• Troy Cummings (Bellevue, electrical tech) with R.J. Beck Protective Systems

• Jordan Davis (Bellevue, auto tech) with Myer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

• Melvin Deppen (New London, industrial tech) with Deppen Farms

• Bailey Glavich (Western Reserve, industrial tech) with Mark Haynes Construction

• Ian Greszler (Western Reserve, industrial tech) with Humanetics ATD Manufacturing

• Jacobee Kessler (Edison, electrical tech) with IBEW Local 129

• Patrick Kreglow (Edison, industrial tech) with Ohio Eastern Express

• Ryan Miller (Western Reserve, industrial tech) with Mark Haynes Construction

• Brandon Missler (Norwalk, engineering) with AutoGate Inc.

• Ryan Missler (Bellevue, diesel tech) with Erie Group, Pegasus Vans & Trailers

• Dylan Pounds (Edison, industrial tech) with Huron Cement Products

• Kyle Racioppi (Edison, industrial tech) with Hartland Mechanical

• Stone Ruffing (Western Reserve, career-based intervention) with Norwalk Furniture

• Adam Silcox (Norwalk, construction tech) with Wasiniak Construction

• Jennifer Simons (New London, medical careers) with The Laurels of New London

• Samuel Stallkamp (Monroeville, auto tech) with Jake’s Radiator Inc.

• Da Sean Vance (Edison, collision and refinishing) with Sharpnack Chevrolet Buick

• Matthew Whiteside (South Central, electrical tech) with Firelands Electric Cooperative

The original concept behind the signing day was for the Drug Free Clubs of America, but it became a way to spotlight students who likely won’t be attending college and/or plan to enlist in the military.

Becky Bernard, EHOVE career services coordinator, said she is happy with the students’ accomplishments.

“If I could use one word, it would be ‘proud,’” she added.

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