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Washington County Career Center names students of month of May

MARIETTA — The Washington County Career Center has named its May Students of the Month, Destiny Kearns, McKayla McClain, and Cullen Tefft.

Kearns is a Waterford senior enrolled in the Medical College Prep program. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Michelle Root of Waterford.

At the Career Center, she is a member of the SkillsUSA youth organization. As a Student Ambassador, she is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Career Center and Waterford High School. In addition, she is gaining leadership skills by promoting the Career Center during its recruitment process as well as giving tours and guidance at scheduled events and with incoming visitors. She has received awards for Honor Roll and the Career Center’s W.I.S.H. List for meeting all three criteria for 3.0 GPA or higher, 95 percent attendance or higher, and no office referrals. At Waterford High School, Destiny was active in FFA and cheer. Through College Credit Plus, she earned both high school and college credit in American National Government and College Algebra. In addition, she has taken and earned college credit in the following courses: Introduction to Nutrition, Medical Terminology I & II and Pharmacology Math. Through her technical program, she has earned industrial credentials and certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator, and State-Tested Nursing Assistant. Outside of school, she is a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, in Churchtown, and attended SEARCH. Medical College Prep instructor, Robin Wright, nominated her for this honor and commented on special traits and roles Destiny carries such as honest, fair, competent, trustworthy, natural care giver, possesses excellent problem-solving skills, and is a role model to her fellow classmates.

Kearns is employed at McDonald’s in Beverly. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Washington State Community College to obtain an associate’s degree in nursing.

McClain is a Warren senior enrolled in the Medical College Prep program. She is the daughter of Ryan and Melissa McClain of Bartlett.

At the Career Center, McClain is a member of the SkillsUSA youth organization, National Technical Honor Society, Interact Club, and Student Council.

She has received awards for Principal List, Honor Roll and the Career Center’s W.I.S.H. List for meeting all three criteria for 3.0 GPA or higher, 95 percent attendance or higher, and no office referrals. At Warren High School, McKayla was active in Winter Guard and the Health Professions Affinity Community organization that puts on various activities and events for foster children.

Through College Credit Plus, she earned both high school and college credit in College Algebra. In addition, she has taken and earned college credit in the following courses: Introduction to Nutrition, Medical Terminology I & II and Pharmacology Math. Through her technical program, she has earned industrial credentials and certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator, and State-Tested Nursing Assistant.

Outside of school, she attended the Sacred Heart Retreat for the past two summers and hopes to do so again this year. Science instructor, Tamara O’Connor, nominated her for this honor and commented on special traits and roles McKayla carries such as engaged, helpful, and great attendance.

She plans to attend Washington State Community College to obtain an associate’s degree in radiology.

Tefft is a Warren senior enrolled in the Diesel Truck Mechanics program. He is the son of Marty Tefft of Vincent.

At the Career Center, Teftt is a member of the SkillsUSA youth organization and an Energy Bus Student Leader.

He is on the Career Center’s Honor Roll and W.I.S.H. List in meeting all three criteria for 3.0 GPA or higher, 95 percent attendance or higher, and no office referrals.

In his technical program, he earned industrial certifications for Automotive Service Excellence. Outside of school, Cullen loves to race 4-wheelers, work on cars, and hunt. Diesel Truck Mechanics instructor, Shayne Garner, nominated him for this honor and commented on special traits and roles Cullen carries such as helpful, team player, role model to his fellow classmates, and an excellent student who always goes the extra mile.

He is employed through the Career Center’s Early Placement program with Gotham Staple, in Belpre, as a warehouse laborer. This fall, he plans to attend Ohio Technical College at Cleveland to earn his degree in Diesel Mechanics & Generators.

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