GREEN  It is competition season for the Career and Technical organizations and several teams from Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) will be moving on to the state competitions.

Principal Mike Kaschak reported those moving on to state completion to the Board of Education at the Feb. 15 meeting.

For the network and computer technology classes: Bent Molea, senior from Springfield, took first in two events, SQL Database Fundamentals and CISCO System. Jason ZHeng, a junior from Green, received a first place in computer security. Jason Wynn, a junior from Green, received a second place in computer security and a third place in PC Servicing and Troubleshooting. Blaine Rossiter, a senior from Green, received a third place in System Administration Using Cisco. Jacob Davis, a senior from Springfield, received a second place in Network Administration Using Microsoft. Also, in computer technology Bradley Wagner, a senior from Springfield, received a third place in Computer Security and Jordan Crowley, a senior from Coventry, received a third place in Network Administration Using Microsoft. All will advance to the state level of competition.

In the Programming and Software Development class: Zachary Sedlack, a senior at Manchester, received a first place in Visual Basic C# Programming. In Java Programming, Green senior Molly Henderson received first place; Joseph Pekar, senior at Manchester received a second place, and Jackson Mellinger, a senior at Manchester, received a third place. In Fundamentals of Web Design, senior from Manchester, Joseph Pekar received a second place; and Green senior Lucas Boyd a third place. Boyd also was first place in Computer Programming Concepts.

PLCC Springfield students moving on to state competition from the Marketing class are Macey Hurst , first place, Principles of Hospitality; Andrew Smith, first place, Principles of Finance; David Pracht, second place, Principles of Marketing; Skylar McCollum and Melissa Walsh, third place, Hospitality Team; Hanna Jiwad, second place, Food Marketing; Gavin Meloy, second place, Automotive Services; Tyson Senevoravong, third place, Business Services; Trista Bates, second place, Entrepreneurship Series; Muna Elshayeb, third place, Marketing Communications. Trust Gaiter, third place, Personal Financial Literacy; Jimmy Xiong, second place, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling; DeAntione Pickett, third place, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling; Audrey Croston and Cheyanne McWilliams, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research (30-page paper/report sent to state - Finals at State Conference.) 

Cooperative Business program students attending state from Springfield are senior Brandon Wachter third place, Fundamental Accounting; senior Tanner Marmash, second place, Payroll Accounting; senior Alex Younkin, third place, Payroll Accounting; Kylie Lassiter, fifth place, Banking finance; Dalton Sabolek, third place, Personal Financial Management; senior Tance Kline, fourth place, Personal Financial Management; Junior Dalton Sabolek, Personal Financial Management; junior Evangeline Mick, fifth place, Personal Financial Management; unior Mitchell Canova, first place, Interview Skills; and junior Kevin Brown, first place, Entrepreneurship.

Auto Tech students, for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall placed in the top five schools in the Cleveland Auto Dealers Association's 200-question written contest held in January. The top two testers competed in the hands-on competition at the Cleveland Auto Show in February. The four students that took the test, and whose combined total put PLCC in the top 5, are:

- Daniel Knighton and Isaac Romine, both seniors at Green, competed in the hands-on competition.

- Quentin Garcia, a senior at Springfield, and Noah Smith, a senior at Manchester, were on the top five rated team.

In other business:

- The Board approved the resignation of teacher Laura Schaub, effective June 2.

- Employment contracts were accepted for teacher Nathan Burton, high school; Practical Nursing part-time instructor, Laura Campriani; and Practical Nursing part-time, Brenda Rickenbacker.

- The board approved Benedict Chouinard as a substitute teacher and added him to the 2017-18 substitute list. 

- The board approved the 2018-2019 school calendar and the disposal of various equipment.

Career Center students of the month are:

Shayna Bishop, Junior, Culinary, Springfield

Trinity Broadhead, Junior, Programming & Software Development, Manchester 

Vincent Fogle, Senior, Automotive Technology, Coventry

Brandon Taylor, Senior, Network Computer Technology, Green 

Placement student of the month

Nolan Dunphy, Senior, HVAC, Green, emplyed at The K Company

The next PLCC Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 15 at the center.