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JVS represented at fall leadership skills conferences held in Columbus

RECOGNIZED — Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students attended a SkillsUSA Leadership Conferences in November. SkillsUSA participants included, from left, front, regional officer Kacey Carothers, Paige Boals, regional officer Haylee Blackburn and regional officer Alexis Grigsby, and, back, Damein Ball, Andrew Perry and regional officer Shane McCoy. -- Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE — The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School was well represented as students attended two fall leadership conferences.

Four students were named to the Skills USA Southeast Regional Office during an event on Nov. 14-15 while 14 health technologies students participated in the Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals Fall Leadership Conference on Nov. 5. Both activities were held in Columbus, and health tech instructor Tammy Sismondo, who advises both groups, said the students learned leadership skills which will prove valuable in the future.

“We took 40 students from the automotive tech service, auto collision, criminal justice, electrical trades, welding and health tech labs and they took a tour of the statehouse,” she added, saying AST instructor Ron Reasoner also participated as a co-advisor. “The students had an opportunity to learn first-hand how government works.”

The event was held at the Columbus Convention Center and included various sessions while juniors Kacey Carothers, Haylee Blackburn and Alexis Grigsby, who are health tech students, and AST student Shane McCoy were named to the regional office. Sismondo said JVS students Julia Rura, Jaiden Plunkett, Tyler Corella and Tim Ferrell acted as delegates to help get them elected. The new officers will be busy with their new roles in the coming months.

“They will be officers for the Southeast Regional competition at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia on Feb. 21 and go to the Regional Officer Training in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20-25. They will attend leadership training and tour Washington,” Sismondo said. “Senior health technologies student Allyson Burkett, who is a state officer, will also travel to D.C. as a representative.”

PARTICIPANTS -- HOSA participants included, from left, front, Hannah Meeker, Alexis Grigsby, Kacey Carothers, Nicole Monday, Haylee Blackburn, Alyson Fetty, Madison Bitgood, Paige Boals and Jaicee Kummerlen, and back, adviser Tammy Sismondo, Ryan Maple, Abigail Saffell, Tyler Corella, Sam Shrock and Azrielle Pratko. -- Contributed

For now, students are gearing up for Skills USA competitions which kick off in January at the JVS while the regional contest will be held at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia in February.

Meanwhile, 14 health tech students were part of the HOSA Conference earlier this month where they were involved in more leadership-based activities. Among those attending were juniors Madison Bitgood, Haylee Blackburn, Paige Boals, Kacey Carothers, Tyler Corella, Alexis Grigsby and Jesica Pedersen and seniors Ryan Maple, Hannah Meeker, Nicole Monday, Jaiden Plunkett, Asrielle Pratko, Abigail Saffell and Sam Shrock.

“They worked with new educational technology for health and a new anatomy table. It was a great learning experience for Skills USA and HOSA kids. Both trips were invaluable for the students,” Sismondo noted.

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