BLOOMINGDALE - More than 30 scholarships were awarded Thursday to seniors at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, as those graduating were honored during a banquet held at the school.
Superintendent Dale Edwards welcomed the more than 300 in attendance and said it was his "pleasure to recognize the outstanding work by students, parents and staff."
Edwards offered graduating students the advice that "success is something that does not simply happen."
"Where you are today has been largely determined by following a plan that included career and technical education and with these learned experiences you have increased the chances of being successful in tomorrow's careers," said Edwards.
"You have worked hard to prepare for the years ahead, but good advice is to never stop striving and growing because there are many challenges that await you," said Edwards. "I believe you have been adequately prepared to enter the world of work in pursuit of a professional career or to continue your education at a college or technical school."
"Whichever one you choose, just make the most of your abilities, gifts and talents," said Edwards.
The recipient of the American Red Cross Scholarship was Desirea Temple.
Ashley Lanham, Jeffrey Spring and Katie Walter received the Bergholz Community Foundation scholarships.
The Leroy Saltsman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Lanham.
The Blaner Gift Scholarship was awarded to Brad Allison, who also received the Borden Office Equipment Scholarship. Katie Walter was the recipient of the Suzanne and Dr. Tom Brown Scholarship.
The Eastern Gateway Community College Jefferson County Academic Scholarship went to Amanda Kendle.
The Kimberly J. Patterson Scholarship was awarded to Kayla M. Fogle, and Kirk Piatt received the Nina Gentile Scholarship. Chelsea Beveridge was the recipient of the Geno M. Morelli Memorial Scholarship, and Shane Wellington received the Hanlin Scholarship for Auto Service Scholarship.
The Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Life Improvement scholarships went to Mason Shumard of Buckeye Local; Shane Wellington, Edison; Kayla Fogle, Harrison Central; Gage Leasure, Indian Creek; Maranda Starliper, Steubenville; Alex Terpenning, Toronto; and Josh McGuire, Catholic Central.
The "I Can Succeed" Scholarship was given to Tabetha Inman.
Chelsey McMannis was awarded the Images Promotional Products Scholarship, and Kathlynn Alford received the Tom Kyanko Scholarship, while Jessica Myers received the Movin' and Groovin Productions Scholarship.
Athena Donaldson, Jaclyn Hughes, Jeff Spring and Ashley Whitmore received the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation scholarships.
Kathlynn Alford was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Steubenville "Service Above Self" Scholarship. Michael Palmer received the Weirton Lumber Co. Scholarship, and Trevor Kendziorski received the Ohio Caterpillar Scholarship.
Adviser Barbara Pieniazek awarded eligible students honor cords for National Technical Honor Society. Requirements include a 3.5 grade-point average, a 95 percent attendance rate and high moral integrity.
Those receiving the honor cords were Kathlynn Alford, Mikaela Collette, Anessia Fazio, Georgeann Fazio, Cody Forster, Jaclyn Hughes, Amanda Kendle, Jessie Kocher, James Luzer, Feran Lovano, John McGraw, Kirsten Moore, Spencer Robins, Mason Shumard, Jeffrey Spring, Maranda Starliper, Tracy Stowers, Desirae Temple, Katie Walter, Shane Wellington and Erman Williams.
Those receiving awards of distinction or excellence in their field were Kathlynn Alford in health technologies; Bradley Allison, culinary arts; Kayla Carothers, social studies; Mikaela Collette, science; Kayla Fogle, criminal justice; Cody Fray, welding; Michael Gatrell, social studies; Kristopher Hargrove, early childhood education and social studies; Richard Higgins, mathematics; Tabetha Inman, auto body; Cody James, science; Katelyn Johnson, cosmetology; Amanda Kendle, computer networking technology, science and English; Trevor Kendziorski, power mechanics; Emma Kerkuta, mathematics; Jacob Kerkuta, carpentry; Jessie Kocher, cosmetology and science; Gage Leasure, industrial motor control and social studies; Kelsie Lockhart, transition to work; John McGraw, computer networking technology; Chelsey McMannis, interactive technology; Kirk Piatt, multimedia design; Lara Shultz, interactive technology; Jeffrey Spring, industrial motor control and mathematics; Maranda Starliper, culinary arts, mathematics and social studies; Jeffrey Stephen, welding; Clayton Stewart, power mechanics; Desirae Temple, health technologies and English; and Shane Wellington, auto service.