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Ten inducted into National Technical Honor Society
Coshocton County Career Center students recently inducted as 2013 members of National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) are [Back Row, L-R]: Danika Prince (junior, RVHS), Caleb Abernathy (junior, Home-schooled), Ashley Tolliver (junior, RWHS), Jacob Blank (junior, CHS), Anthony Gross (senior, RVHS), [Front Row, L-R]: Kirsty Coates (senior, RVHS), Ashley Magee (junior, RVHS), Peggy Prince (senior, CHS), Stacie Grudier (junior, RVHS) and Brittany Bullock (junior, RVHS)

Ten Coshocton County Career Center students – two seniors and eight juniors – were selected for membership into National Technical Honor Society in a surprise “tapping” assembly, Wednesday morning, May 8 at the Coshocton County Career Center. Chosen as NTHS’s newest members are Health Technology juniors Ashley Tolliver (RWHS) and Ashley Magee (RVHS); Electronics juniors Caleb Abernethy and Jacob Blank (CHS); Criminal Justice senior Anthony Gross (RVHS); Early Childhood Education juniors Brittany Bullock (RVHS) and Danika Prince (RVHS) and senior Peggy Prince (CHS); Cosmetology junior Stacie Grudier, from River View; and Career Skills Investigation (C.S.I.) senior Kirsty Coates, from River View.

Induction into National Technical Honor Society is one of the highest honors a student can achieve at a career-technical secondary school. Requirements for membership are rigid. In addition to high GPA requirements, students must maintain an attendance record of 93% or better. In addition, applicants must have passed all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test. Students who meet these requirements must complete an application for membership, which requires two letters of recommendation as well as a short essay, describing the impact of the applicant’s scholastic achievement. They are then scored against a national rubric, and the top scorers are invited to become members.

These students represent the very best and brightest here at the career center. They are leaders and excellent academic performers, but they are also respectful and show compassion to others,” says club co-advisor Angela Smoulder, also an English instructor at the Career Center. “They truly exemplify all eight values of National Technical Honor Society. We’re proud to have them as members!

This is the Coshocton County Career Center’s twentieth year sponsoring an NTHS chapter and to-date, over 125 students have been inducted into membership. In addition to the Career Center’s associate school’s principals and district superintendents, family members were also invited to attend this year’s induction. Special guest Tom Edwards, Coshocton City Councilman and owner of Auer Ace Hardware, who is an honorary NTHS member, was also present, and took part in the candle-lighting ceremony.

The candle-lighting is a traditional part of the society’s formal meetings or recognition events. There is a central candle, from which eight other candles are lit. Each of the eight candles represents a core value or attribute of the society. As each candle is lit, that value and its significance to the society members is explained. The eight values are: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.

As new members, each student received a member certificate and NTHS pin presented by Principal Eddie Dovenbarger. The assembly concluded with Career Center Superintendent Debbie Kapp-Salupo congratulating the new members and sharing a story which related the significance of continuing their investment in themselves and their futures.

After the assembly, the newest NTHS inductees, along with family members and Career Center staff were invited to a reception, where light refreshments were served.
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