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  • Early Childhood Education Students Receive Silver and Bronze Medals at National Event in San Antonio

    Early Childhood Education Students  Receive Silver and Bronze Medals at National Event in San Antonio

    August 28, 2014 -- Lorain County JVS Early Childhood Education students received Bronze and Silver Medals at the 2014 Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership STAR Events Competition held in San Antonio, Texas in July.

    Bronze Medal winners were: Arial Rivers (Amherst) and David Difilippo (North Ridgeville) in the Sports Nutrition event; Morgan Herene (Brookside), Jennifer Mcgrath (Avon Lake), and Valerie Riccardi (Firelands) in the Focus on Children event.

    Silver Medal winners were: Tracie Jones (Keystone) and Ashley Taylor (Avon Lake) in the Promote and Publicize FCCLA event; Olivia Gaydos (Keystone) and Brittany Miller (Wellington) in the Chapter in Review Display event; and Myhkalah Robinson (Clearview) in the Recycle and Redesign Event.
    FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical organization for students in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.
    Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration.
    Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.

  • JVS Trains Nationally Ranked Diesel Technician

    JVS Trains Nationally Ranked Diesel Technician
    Joe Sosinski

    August 21, 2014 -- Joe Sosinski, of Amherst, took a 2nd Place-Silver medal at the SkillsUSA National Championships Competition in Diesel Equipment Technology. Sosinski is a 2014 graduate of the Lorain County JVS Commercial Truck Technology Program.

    The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri in June, brought together more than 6,000 career-technical students to compete in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

    Sosinki, who graduated from Firelands High School, cycled through fourteen stations testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, and power train systems, including chassis, transmissions and carriers. He was also required to demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems, air-conditioning systems and general shop skills. Additionally his performance on a job interview and written test rounded out his overall score.

    Sosinki received $7,000 in scholarship for his 2nd place ranking and over $20,000 in total scholarship awards while at the JVS.

    He will further his education at the University of Northwestern Ohio, in Lima to become an Agricultural Diesel Technician. He is currently employed at Elite Concrete Industries in LaGrange as a diesel technician.

    "Joe is certainly a hard-working, conscientious, and well-rounded young man," stated JVS Commercial Truck Technology Instructor John Tamas. "His work ethic will give him many opportunities to be selective and choose the type of job he wants in this very high demand career field."

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