GHS students earn recognition in technical fields of study

GRAFTON— The National Technical Honors Society (NTHS)  has set out on a mission to recognize deserving students for their academic achievements and leadership skills, while also promoting educational excellence and enhancing future career opportunities for their members.
One of the goals of the society is to see that deserving technical students are not only recognized but to also make sure that the people of their communities are aware of the talents and abilities of those young adults who choose technical education pathways. At Grafton High School (GHS) they recently honored those wishes of the NTHS.
According to, NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.
For more than three decades, NTHS has been an accredited leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.
On Friday, March 6, families and friends were invited to join GHS administrators for a special induction ceremony, as an impressive 44 students in grades 11 and 12, were welcomed into the National Technical Honor Society.
Those inducted had to have met the membership criteria of maintaining a minimum of a 3.2 overall grade point average, while holding a 3.5 grade point average in the technical area.
Additionally, all applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in three program classes of his or her Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentration at the time of application.  
CTE courses are offered to students at Grafton High School through the Taylor County Technical Center (TCTC). The center offers lessons on subjects that include Agribusiness, Baking and Pastry, Fitness and Wellness and Welding, just to name a few.
Students must also possess the following attributes to be considered for membership: skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.
In addition, applications had to be submitted with recommendations from both a CTE teacher and a non CTE teacher, while the students’ attendance was also taken into account for acceptance into the NTHS.
Currently, the National Technical Honor Society serves more than 100,000 active members and has had almost one million members since its commencement in 1984.
The growing demand to fill jobs requiring technical training, Grafton High School was delighted to have inducted the following students into the NTHS: Zoe Dobbins, Chloe Harris, Rylea Setler, Ashlyn Zbonik (Agribusiness Systems), Alissa Cogar, Chloe Collins, Jocelyn Countryman, Shayla Poling (Baking and Pastry), Mary “Evin” Curtis and John Davis, Jr. (Coding, App and Game Design).
Also receiving the honor were Ian Baker, Logan Beltner, Maggie Dunham, Andrew Gallo, Josie Grass, Mason Henderson, Emily Knotts, Randal McCloy, Blake Moore, Luke Nibert, Braeden Nose, Stetson Sanders, Iva Kay Sipes, Hunter Taylor, Tanner Taylor, Jakub Ujhelyi for Fitness and Wellness.
While Haley Phillips was inducted for Information Management, and Shayna Boyle, Brylee Knotts, McKenzie Mayle, Hattie Tucker and Lillian Wilson for Management and Administrative Support.
Adding to the inductions were Ayla Carpenter and Tia Weese for ProStart Restaurant Management, as well as Lance Tankersley for Welding.
Several inductees are going above and beyond by being dual and triple completers, meaning that they are specializing in more than one area on study.
The students that fall under dual completers are Samantha “Matteo” Espinoza-Martinez (Baking and Pastry, ProStart Restaurant Management), Matt Gallo (Coding, App and Game Design, Fitness and Wellness), Caden Moore (Information Management, Management and Administrative Support), Eyan Moran (Information Management, Coding, App and Game Design), Kasey Rush (Agribusiness Systems, Plant Systems), Olivia Shaver (Agribusiness Systems, Welding) and Donovan Ware (Building Maintenance, Welding).
Furthermore, it was Cort Blake and Jeremiah Knotts being recognized as the triple completers for their studies in Coding, App and Game Design, Information Management and Management and Administrative Support.
Being a member of the National Technical Honor Society will provide the students with a plethora of opportunities as they move forward with their educations.
Along with being acknowledged for their achievements in their career and technical educations, members are given enhanced opportunities when it comes to earning scholarships, as the NTHS awards over $260,000 in scholarships annually, and has granted more than $2 million worth of scholarships over the last 30 years.
“Through its scholarships, NTHS encourages students to pursue higher education and training in technical fields and supports members in their lifelong commitment to a skilled trade,” states the NTHS website.
Through the society, students are also given the chance to build their career portfolios and connect and as members, are able to position themselves ahead of the competition in today’s competitive workforce.
Each of the 44 students that were recently inducted were presented with a membership certificate and card to add to their portfolios, and will receive an official National Honor Society diploma seal, graduation tassel, lapel pin and window decal upon completed of their courses.
As part of being inducted, all members shared in reciting the society’s pledge, “As a member of the Nation Technical Honor Society, I pledge to maintain the highest standard of personal conduct. I will apply myself to continue a record of scholastic achievement, and I will strive for excellence in all aspects of my education,” students recited.
“I will invest my talents, my skills and my knowledge in a career of my own choosing, and shall always endeavor to uphold my obligation as a citizen of my community and country,” they concluded.
GHS Principal Lori Shumaker shared her elation by saying that the school possesses very hard working students and that she couldn’t be more proud of all of them.
“We are all definitely Bearcat proud today. This is a wonderful accomplishment for these students,” she commented.


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