The Washington County Career Center honors its September Students of the Month, Lydia and Brandon.
Lydia is a Belpre senior enrolled in the Landscape Construction & Turf Management program, and she is the daughter of Charles and Lisa Arnett of Belpre.
At the Career Center, is a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth and the National Technical Honor Society. As a Student Ambassador, she is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Career Center and Belpre 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 the Career Center’s Principal List, Honor Roll, Merit Roll, and W.I.S.H. List for meeting all three criteria of 3.0 GPA or higher, 95% attendance or higher, and no office referrals. She currently is enrolled in both a high school and college credit for English Composition through the College Credit Plus program at Washington State Community College. At Belpre High School, she was active in both track and volleyball.
In the Landscape Construction & Turf Management program, she is receiving a technical focus and learning skills for environmental and Earth science; equipment operations and safety; golf course management; irrigation; landscape construction, installation and maintenance; landscape design; lawn installation and renovation; organic gardening; plant identification and usage; production of greenhouse plants; project pricing and estimating; residential and sports turf; and trail management. She is currently working on industrial credentials for Ohio Certified Nursey Technician (OCNT) and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) – Core & Level 1. Last school year, she earned the industrial credential for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour training.
Landscape Construction & Turf Management instructor, Jason Lipot, commented on special traits and roles Lydia carries such as dependable, hardworking, passionate, and trustworthy. She is employed at The Frostee Shoppe in Belpre. Upon graduation, she aspires to attend The Ohio State University to obtain a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering.
Brandon is a Warren senior enrolled in the Sports Medicine & Exercise Science program, and he is the son of Jeff and Suzy of Little Hocking.
Brandon is a member of the Career Center’s SkillsUSA youth organization and served as Chapter Secretary last school year. As a Student Ambassador, he is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Career Center and Warren High School. In addition, he 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. At Warren High School, Brandon is a captain of the varsity football team and currently is a three-year letterman for both basketball and football. In addition, he serves as a volunteer for both sports in Warren’s youth camps and is active with travel basketball. He has received awards for the Career Center’s Principal List and W.I.S.H. List for meeting all three criteria of 3.0 GPA or higher, 95% attendance or higher, and no office referrals. He currently has earned or is enrolled in both high school and college credit courses for College Algebra, English Composition, and Statistics through the College Credit Plus program at Washington State Community College.
In Sports Medicine & Exercise Science, Brandon is receiving a technical focus and learning skills for anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; employability skills; exercise prescription; fitness assessment; health and physical fitness; injury and disease; medical terminology; rehabilitation treatment, sport and exercise nutrition; and sports psychology. Last school year, he earned both high school and college credits for Medical Terminology I and Resistive Training. This school year, he will be earning credits for Introduction to Nutrition, Manage of Athletic Injuries, and Medical Terminology II. Additionally, he earned industrial credentials and certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) during his junior year. In May 2020, he will sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant Certification (PTAC) exam.
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science instructor, Lauren Copen, commented on special traits and roles that Brandon carries such as leadership, hard worker, persistent, positive attitude, helpful, and a role model in and outside the classroom. Brandon mows lawns to earn money throughout the mowing season each summer. After graduating, he hopes to attend Seton Hill University, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to play college football and obtain a Bachelor’s in Nutrition.
Photos: Lydia, Brandon