Seven V-S students earn medals at nationals

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI Seven students from Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers are returning from the 2014 National Leadership and Skills Conference with bronze, silver and gold medals.

Competition took place in Kansas City, Missouri, since Monday, concluding Friday with award ceremonies.

Sentinel’s medical technology team of 2014 graduates Ciara Long, from Mohawk High School; Ashley Perry, from Calvert High School; and Megan Somodi, from Calvert High School, are coming home with gold medals in career pathways showcase health science for their community CPR project.

Somodi, who represented the team, said, “Receiving gold was an accomplishment above any other. We want to say ‘thank you’ to Lecia Wadsworth of Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mike Homan of the Tiffin Fire Department and other members of the community for taking our project all the way to gold.”

The team came together to helped teach hands-only CPR in the community.

“(Sentinel) deserves a thank you for helping to get us prepared,” Somodi said. “For our instructor, Sandy (Reinhart), all that she has done to oversee us in the class room has made us strong women and well equipped and educated for the medical profession she has gone above and beyond and helped us gain a tremendous work ethic.”

For the fifth-consecutive year, Sentinel’s collision repair technology has earned a gold medal. This year, the honor goes to senior Dustin Benner, a 2014 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School.

Benner said he came in to practice every day.

“Winning gold is amazing. I can’t believe it,” he said. “During the competition, I just hoped that everything went well and that I didn’t make a mistake.”

Port Clinton High School 2014 graduate Tiffany Colston attended Vanguard’s medical careers program. Colston earned a silver medal at the national competition Friday in medical assisting.

“I felt very prepared this year,” Colston said.

Colston said she did not fell nervous or stressed out during the competition.

“I am just proud of myself for getting to nationals,” she said.

Ashley Duncan of Vanguard’s medical careers, a 2014 graduate from Fremont Ross High School, earned bronze in basic health care.

“It was an amazing experience.” Duncan said. “I’m proud to have had the opportunity to earn gold at the state level to come to nationals.”

Duncan said she prepared for the competition by staying after school and on the weekends, even after she had graduated from her home school.

“I studied and practiced even leading up to my competition this week.” Duncan said. “I’m just really happy that my hard work had paid off.”

Bronze winner Tyler Tran of Vanguard’s digital technologies also graduated from Fremont Ross High School this year.

“I’m really happy. I have worked hard for this competition since the beginning of my senior year,” Tran said.

Tran said he made it through competition by staying focused on his tasks at hand and continuing to work through his time constraints and not getting distracted.

“I feel that I did extremely well to get to the national level,” Tran said. “This is great to have on my resume. I have a great future ahead of me.”

Sentinel’s Director Elissa Heal said, “The students made Vanguard-Sentinel CTC and the instructors extremely proud.”

“We are all proud of the students whether they took a medal this year or not. They are all champions at work,” she said.