During their Aug. 15 meeting, Greene County Commissioners presented certificates of recognition to seven students from Greene County Career and Technology Center, as well as the culinary arts instructor at CTC for their recent impressive accomplishments.

The certificates were presented to recognize CTC students Vanessa Bedilion, David Hayes, Leigha Helmbright, Katelyn Orndoff, Destiny Phillips, Zach Royer and Nikolas Streit; and Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor.

Wagner and Bedilion, Hayes, Helmbright, Phillips and Streit were recognized for their accomplishments while competing in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) International Competition in Anaheim, California, earlier this summer.

Led by Wagner, the students split into three teams to compete in multiple hospitality and management competitions, which included tasks such as market surveys, lengthy data reports and website layout designs. Amidst tough competition, both hospitality teams from CTC placed in the top 10 in the nation.

The commissioners also presented certificates to Katelyn Orndoff and Zach Royer.

Orndoff represented Greene County as a medalist and competitor in state and international Life Support Skills competitive events. She earned a second-place medal at the State Leadership Conference in April and went on to compete at the International Level in Orlando, Florida, in June.

Life Support Skills is a competitive event used at the PENN HOSA State Leadership Conference and at the HOSA International Leadership Conference. The event tests each competitor’s skills in Adult Basic Life Support/CPR, Infant Basic Life Support/CPR and/or First-Aid Skills such as severe bleeding, choking, broken bone/sprain and splinting and heat-related emergency.

Royer was awarded the Skill Point Certificate in Collision Repair Technology at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. During this competition, contestants demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the ASE Education Foundation.

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

After presenting the certificates, Commissioner Blair Zimmerman said that “each student representing the Career and Technology Center – and on a larger scale, all of Greene County – should be tremendously proud of themselves and deserve much recognition.”

Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also congratulated the students and Wagner.

“What these students achieved is a fine testament to the valuable education being taught at CTC, by excellent instructors such as Mr. Wagner,” Coder said. ”Dan has been teaching the culinary arts program in Greene County for three decades and has continuously served as an exemplary teacher, mentor and role model for the many students who have learned from him over the years.”

“We congratulate Dan Wagner and these students for their recent achievements, and we thank Dan for his countless and tireless contributions to furthering education in Greene County through the award-winning culinary arts program at CTC,” Trader said.

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