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62 Students Awarded Diplomas from Grand River Tech
May 11, 2012

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

CAPTION: A student walks across the stage at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center to receive his certification of completion in one of the programs at Grand River Technical School. The school conducted its graduation ceremony Friday evening with 62 students receiving certificates.

Grand River Technical School conducted its 2012 graduation exercises Friday evening at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center with 62 graduates receiving certificates. Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roger Barnes welcomed the graduates and their families and friends. Jayme Caughron, GRTS assistant director, introduced Greg Hughes, mission director for the House of Prayer in Chillicothe, who delivered the graduation address. Hughes is also an independent sales representative for Raw Materials and Tooling to the American and Canadian manufacturing industry. Hughes and his wife of 27 years, Jenny, have two daughters, Rachel and Natalie. Hughes graduated from the University of Redlands, California, and served several years as youth director of Chillicothe United Methodist Church before accepting his current job as mission director. In his message to the graduates, Hughes encouraged them to identify their gifts, talents and passions. "It is important for all of us to know what our gifts and talents are," Hughes said. "We need to exercise our gifts in daily living and in exploring different job opportunities. We need to grow in them and stretch ourselves to be the best we can." He urged the graduates to use those talents and be eager to help others, discover their passions and purposes in life, and identify that which motivates them. "Whatever your journey, don't give up," he stated. "Keep pressing on."

After his remarks, the achievements of several graduates were recognized. Marla Harrington, financial aid coordinator, announced that several graduates had maintained perfect attendance throughout the year. They were Adam Brandt, Cory Burton, Jeremy Frazier, Kyle Gadberry, Nicholas Jennings, Greg Parton, and Robert Thompson.

Six graduates earned academic excellence awards for their straight "A" averages. Harrington announced those students as Christian Dean, Kyle Gadberry, Adam Gaston, Caleb Hudson, Shontel Oesch, and Greg Parton.

Julie Bothwell, representing the Kenneth F. Churchill and Eugenia M. Churchill Foundation, Inc., presented the teacher scholarship in the amount of $1,500 each to Brandon Dennis, computer/networking technology instructor, and Lance Martin, agriculture instructor. The Churchill scholarship fund provides scholarships to teachers pursuing degrees and/or certification in career and technical teacher education programs. It is designed to recognize and support academic/technical excellence and high standards; recognize and retain individuals who demonstrate the potential to become effective teachers; and, to reward teachers who contribute to student learning "outside the typical classroom" as well as those who devote time to providing training to members of the local community. The award may be used for tuition, books and travel expenses, or at the teacher's discretion.

Also taking place during the ceremony was the presentation of the Outstanding Service Award, presented by Sonja Daley, health services instructor, to Michelle Reed.

Following the presentation of graduates by Harrington, Roger Wolf, co-director of GRTS, then presented the graduates with their certificates to the following fields of study: diesel equipment technology, child care services, collision technology, business technology, building trades, computer/networking technology, advanced computer/networking technology, industrial maintenance technology, industrial welding, advanced industrial welding and auto service technology.

Graduates and their areas of study are listed below:

Diesel Equipment Technology
Adam Brandt, Alma; Andrew Fitzmaurice, Lathrop; Jeremy Frazier, Browning; Brody Fude, Green City; Chase Gilgour, Chillicothe; Colton Hertzog, Princeton; Michael King, Trenton; Nyle Knight, Unionville; Shayne Lambert, Carrollton; Levi Rhodes, Amity; Brandon Sands, Unionville; Tristan Sheppard, Brookfield; Robert Thompson, Polo; Andrew Jason Tucker, Green City; Chase Wimer, Coffey.

Child Care Services
Shontel Oesch, Chillicothe; Adam Stricker, Chillicothe.

Collision Technology
Colten Ashford, Chillicothe; Trevor Bennett, Brunswick; Zack Bogeart, Macon; Christian Dean, Griggsville, Ill.; Kyle Gadberry, Unionville; Tyler Ham, Brookfield; Nathan Hoskin, Atlanta; William Evan Hughes, Carrollton; Nicholas Jennings, Pittsfield, Ill.; Timothy Lightfoot, Carrollton; Greg Parton, Gallatin; Aaron Reed, Mooresville; Dakota Smith, Princeton; Max Vanderwood, Cameron.

Business Technology
Holli Murrell, Chillicothe.

Building Trades Technology
Tyler Wagy, Bosworth; Trevor Whitley, Trenton.

Computer/Networking Technology
Tyler Avriette, Gallatin; Josh Goedeke, Carrollton; Sean Hill, Chillicothe; Logan Paris, Hale; Benjamin Troyer, Jamesport.

Advanced Computer/Networking Technology
Adam Gaston, Chillicothe; Grady McLain, Spickard; Ross Slape, Brookfield.

Industrial Maintenance Technology
Michael Brookman, Chula; Preston Crow, Lawson; John Davidson, Shelbyville; Larry Marriott, Hale; Colt Schletzbaum, Lawson; Joseph Silvey, Hale; Park Sinclair, Tina; Shawn Volker, Chillicothe; Nicholas Wilson, Gilman City

Industrial Welding
Philip Bond, Cameron; Kyle Cagle, Marceline; Hunter Caselman, Chillicothe; Brendon Cosgrove, Gallatin; Caleb Hudson, Spickard; Jarod Stout, Princeton; Hayden Summers, Carrollton; Dakoda Wright, Cainsville.

Advanced Industrial Welding
Cory Burton, Cameron.

Auto Service Technology
Jeffrey Scott Greenslate, Marceline; David Jamerson, Trimble.

Grand River Technical School offers a performance guarantee in that the school guarantees that its adult graduates are qualified to perform those competencies listed on his or her official transcript. Upon request by the graduate’s employer, the technical school will retrain the former student at no cost to the student or employer. The guarantee applies to all post-high graduates with an average grade of C or better, a minimum of 90 percent attendance in school, and satisfactory work habits and attitudes.

The graduation ceremony concluded with a prayer by Lance Martin, agriculture instructor.

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