Awards, scholarships bestowed to Joint Vocational students

BLOOMINGDALE – Friends, family and faculty gathered Thursday at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School to learn of awards and scholarships bestowed to students during the school’s annual awards banquet.

Dale Edwards, superintendent, acted as master of ceremonies for the event. He told graduating students that if they want to succeed they must follow through on their goals.

“If you want to get something done, stick with it,” he told students, adding goals are achieved by remaining focused. “Day-to-day decisions will have to be made, but we should not permit them to get in the way of carrying out a mission. Time and energy are limited so know what you are working toward, stay motivated and keep your eye on the ‘big picture.'”

Edwards also said students would face obstacles in the future, but that shouldn’t prevent students from achieving their goals.

“Being passionate in achieving a lofty goal is helpful,” continued Edwards. “However, it’s knowledge and skills that are essential to accomplishing success. Searching for best practices of others can also support one’s efforts, but not forgetting your own past experiences can help to strategize future plans.”

Awards and scholarships awarded included the American Red Cross award, Ashley Grimm; Bergholz Community Foundation, Joshua Conley; Bergholz Community Foundation Leroy Saltsman Memorial, Ashley Grimm; Blaner Gift, Sierra Murphy; Borden Office Equipment, Mariah Starliper; and Suzanne and Dr. Tom Brown award, Amy Chappel.

The Jefferson County Academic Scholarship went to Corey Jacobs; Geno M. Morelli Memorial award, Courtney Darling; Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Life Improvement awards, Ron Hamilton, Chris Sprouse, Raelyn Marker, Amy Chappel, Quinchaya Thompson and Emily Forcone; I Can Succeed award, Brandon Marker; Images Promotional Products award, Quinchaya Thompson; Tom Kyanko Scholarship, Devin Coil; Lincoln College of Technology Tuition award, Cleo “Eddie” Burrows; Movin’ & Groovin’ Productions award, Spencer Robinson; Post Sept. 11 GI Bill, Leon Levy; Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation awards, Sierra Murphy, Cody Shanley, Skyler Bell and Jessica Weisbager; Ohio Catepillar Think Big associates degree scholarships, Chris Sprouse, Skyler Bell, Bryton Davidson; Rotary Club of Steubenville Service Above Self award, Samantha Smith; and Weirton Lumber Co. Scholarship, Joel Rutan.