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Walker Career Center weekly update - May 14, 2021

Clean Sweep for WCC at Indiana CTE Awards for Excellence

This week, the Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education under the Governor's Workforce Cabinet held their Awards for Excellence banquet. I am extremely proud to announce that Walker Career Center brought home awards in all 3 categories this year. Outstanding Secondary Student in State of Indiana: Sarah Sexton (1 of 6); Outstanding Secondary Program in State of Indiana: Automotive Service Technology (1 of 3); Outstanding Secondary Partnerships in State of Indiana: Walker Career Center and Tom Wood Ford (1 of 5). Congratulations again to Sarah Sexton and our AST Team of Mr. Bupp and Mr. Criswell and a special thanks to Tom Wood Ford for all of their continued support towards our Automotive Service Tech program.

Thank you to Mr. Spencer for these lovely photos. Mr. Spencer was selected to be the official photographer for the banquet.

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State Champion and State Runner Up in SKILLSUSA

Congratulations to Senior, Ryan Wright for being named State Champion in SkillsUSA Automotive Refinishing Technology competition. Ryan was a state qualifier his junior year but was unable to participate due to the state competition being canceled. Ryan is planning to compete next month in Nationals, which will also be held virtually.

In addition to having a state champion in Auto Refinishing, I am happy to announce that Sophomore, Dominic Miller finished in a close second in the Auto Refinishing competition as a first year participant.

Congratulations to Ryan, Dominic, and Mr. Ross on an amazing showing at the state level this year!

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WEDM Brings Home Some Hardware

The Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) released the Finalists and Winners list this week via a virtual ceremony for the student radio awards. I am extremely proud to share that 91.1 WEDM had some historic success this year.

Senior Collin Echols placed 1st in the State of Indiana for Best Sports Play-by-Play submission.

Senior Collin Echols, Junior Isaiah Hoffman, Senior Christian Oates and Junior Jaci Merchant placed 3rd in the state for Sports Team Live Broadcast submission.

Senior Rhiannona (Ray) Adams received Honorable Mention (top 5 in the state) for Best Audio Podcast submission.

Congratulations to all of these amazing award winners and a special thank you to our senior winners for sharing your gifts with the Warrior Nation during your high school years. We look forward to following all of your future successes!

IASB Virtual Ceremony 2021


I am excited to announce that Mr. Gogel had 3 ACE students from Walker Career Center that received scholarships as top participants in the State of Indiana as well as a National scholarship winner as well..... Congratulations to all of these winners!

ACE Indiana Scholarships-

AIA Indiana $1000 - Gerado Herra-Sanchez

ISA $2000 - Kathryn Root

Turner $4000- Jacob Smith

National ACE Award-

CMIC - Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship $12,000 - Jacob Smith

ACE’s Indiana affiliate gives students from Walker Career Center a chance to learn about the wide variety of opportunities available through careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

Mentored by local building industry professionals, student teams engage in a program that includes field trips, visits to professional firms and hands-on projects that simulate real-world situations. As a result, students get a practical look at the potential offered by a career in the building industry.

They also tour major construction sites to explore the wide range of professional skills needed in today’s dynamic building industry. Through these experiences, many students make valuable contacts that can help them along their personal educational and career paths.

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44th Annual ETE Awards Program

Last night, the Engineering and Technical Education Department was able to keep a long standing tradition alive by hosting the 44th Annual ETE Awards Program through a virtual format. The ETE Department selects an outstanding student from all of their courses and recognizes these individuals during the celebration, in addition to having their name added to the Wall of Excellence just outside of Industrial Drive. Congratulations to all of our amazing award winners and thank you to all of the staff and family members that were able to participate in the celebration.

Special congratulations to the 2021 Gene Crosier Outstanding Student Award winner, Justin Wooldridge.

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The Cosmetology team was able to hold an end of the year celebration this week for the senior crew. Several of the seniors have completed their 1,500 hours and are awaiting their written licensure exams next week. Congratulations to all of these individuals, they have worked hard and have stayed committed to their dreams!

New Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Ross on being named Walker Career Center New Teacher of the Year for 2020 - 2021 school year! Mr. Ross hit the ground running this year and has been able to make an unbelieve connection with all of his students in Auto Collision.... Not to mention he also helped orchestrate a beautiful new show car for WCC programs and had a state champion and runner up in SkillsUSA! Congratulations to Mr. Ross on this amazing accomplishment, Walker was blessed to have an outstanding group of New Teachers this year and they made it a difficult decision.
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