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50 Students Awarded Diplomas from GRTS
May 19, 2014

CAPTION: Grand River Technical School graduates receive certificates Friday night during graduation exercises at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. GRTS director Jayme Caughon said that of the 50 graduates, 46 are entering the workforce, four are continuing their education, and 31 already have full-time jobs in their respective fields prior to graduation. Also, Caugron said, some students traveled more than 100 miles one way to GRTS every day to earn their certificates.

Photo by Laura Schuler

Fifty Grand River Technical School students received their certificates Friday evening during the 2014 graduation exercises held at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent of Schools welcomed the graduates, their families and friends and commended the graduates for their successful completion of training in their chosen fields. He added that those technical skills often result in high-wage occupations. "And because you are Career and Technical Education graduates who possess these highly-technical skills, you will create a better way of living for you, now and in future years to come."

Jayme Caughron, GRTS director, introduced Ron Wolf, a retired GRTS director with 42 years of experience teaching and working for the Chillicothe R-2 School District. Wolf, who also serves on several boards and foundations, is married to Sandy Wolf. They have four grown children, Gregg Wolf and his wife Miranda of Carthage, Mo.; Beth Diggs and her husband Jamie, of Columbia Mo.; David Wolf and his wife, Jeralee of Birmingham, Ala.; and Adam Wolf and his wife, Monica, of Chillicothe. They have 11 grandchildren. In his message to the graduates, Wolf urged them to follow three steps that lead to career and life success. The first of those steps, Wolf said, is the development of skills necessary for the careers available today. That, Wolf said, is something the GRTS grads have already done. But, he advised, "Now, take those skills and get a job. You may not start with your perfect job, but don't waste the opportunities available today." The second step, Wolf said, is the development of a strong work ethic and people skills, which is more important than their skill level. "It will determine if you are to advance, receive raises, earn a more enjoyable position and survive in our economy." Finally, Wolf urged the graduates to become involved in their communities, noting that they will sleep for a third of their life, work for a third of their life and have a third left to use as they choose. "I have given you my opinions on how to have a successful career, but you also should want an enjoyable, happy, rewarding life for yourself and your family, so don't waste the last third of your life."

Following Wolf's remarks, the achievements of several graduates were recognized. Marla Harrington, financial aid coordinator, announced that several graduates had maintained perfect attendance throughout the year. They were Tyler Campbell, Jeremy Duckworth, Robert Gillilan Talon Henderson, Ty Kelly, David Moore and William Nowlin. Two graduates earned academic excellence awards for their straight "A" averages. Harrington announced those students as Kaleb Gilliland and David Moore.

Julie Bothwell, representing the Kenneth F. Churchill and Eugenia M. Churchill Foundation, Inc. presented the teacher scholarship in the amount of $4,000 to Jamie Sullivan, Health Services instructor. Also taking place during the ceremony was the presentation of the Outstanding Service Award presented by Sullivan to Mike Spears.

Following the presentation of graduates by Harrington, Adam Wolf, assistant-director of GRTS, presented the graduates with their certificates to the following fields of study: diesel equipment technology, child care services, collision technology, building trades, auto service technology, computer/networking technology, computer network administration, industrial maintenance technology and industrial welding. Graduates and their areas of study are listed below:

  • Diesel Equipment Technology: Tyler Campbell, Braymer; Ethan Clubine, Bunswick; Bradley Crowley, Stewartsville; Drake Donoho, Columbia; Cody Ford, Milan; Cody Haughton, Braymer; Miguel Horn Jr., Centralia; William Nowlin, Hallsville; Preston Pryor, Chula; Corey Rapp, Agency; Korey Stephenson, Milan; Jonathan Strouse, Chula; Mason Thompson, Milan.
  • Child Care Services: Miranda Adkins, Chula.
  • Collision Technology: Nickolas Beckham, Hallsville; Tanner Blundell, Gallatin; Joseph DePeralta, Cameron; Robert Gillilan III, Chillicothe; Talon Henderson, Unionville; Kory Hull, Hallsville; Katie Ireland, Trenton; Ty Kelly, Bryamer; Aaron Luckey, Chillicothe; Tyler Maberry, Trenton; Austin Wells, Macon.
  • Building Trades: Cory Lewis, Unionville; Aaron Roberts, Chillicothe.
  • Auto Service Technology: Cory Jones, Bogard; McKayla Mabery, Braymer.
  • Computer/Networking Technology: Dustin Buck, Chillicothe; Jeremy Duckworth, Chula; Kaleb Gilliland, Chillicothe; Fredrick Imgarten, Trenton; James Kelsey, Breckenridge; Jon Poindexter, Bosworth; Caleb White, Hamilton.
  • Computer Network Administration: James Davis, Chillicothe; Jonathan Englert, Trenton.
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology: Zachary Cox, Jameson; Daniel Hicks, Cainsville; Chapin Mendenhall, Milan; David Moore, Linneus; Nicholas Norman, Chillicothe; Colton Seaman, Chillicothe.
  • Industrial Welding: Michael Brookman, Chula; Colt Frazier, Bryamer; Taylor Gates, Princeton; Trevor Sherrow, Chillicothe; Eric Teel, Gallatin; Cody Tinder, Maysville.

The graduation ceremony concluded with a prayer by Lee Caughron, welding instructor.

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