CTE Students Honored by State Board

June 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, applauded three Career Technical Education (CTE) students for achieving the Students in Action Award for 2015. Graduating CTE students Katy Fleak, Winter Snow Davis and Caitlynn Jones were honored for overcoming various adversities throughout their lives and finding their career path and/or scholarly inspiration within the CTE educational environment.

Katy Fleak is a current graduate of Parkersburg South High School in Wood County, as well as a highly decorated CTE graduate from the Wood County Career Center. She completed the automotive tech program of study and served as the company's quality control officer. Katy was also elected by her peers to serve as the historian for West Virginia SkillsUSA. Due to her strong dedication to CTE and Simulated Workplace, Katy was chosen to represent CTE students at Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's Workplace Summit held in Charleston.

Putnam County student, Winter Snow Davis is a current graduate of both Hurricane High School and the Putnam County Career Center. Winter's CTE skills and knowledge earned her a bronze medal at the state HOSA conference as well as a scholarship to Marshall University.

Caitlynn Jones is a current graduate of Wyoming County East High and Wyoming County Career Center where she served as the local SkillsUSA president, state SKillsUSA secretary and currently as a coordinator on the Student Advisory Council. She excelled within her own Simulated Workplace company "Tiger Robotics, Inc." and earned the company leadership positions manager and quality control manager. In addition, Caitlyn completed both the electronic technology and the robotics programs and is now a candidate for the Toyota Program through Bridge Valley Community College. With the successful utilization of her CTE knowledge, skills and talent, Caitlynn has also achieved the Promise Scholarship.

"Katy, Winter and Caitlynn are model students for CTE programs across the state," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "By successfully living up to the rigors and high expectations of our CTE programs, these students have positively impacted West Virginia students and the future opportunities available to them through CTE, no matter the adversities they may face."

CTE programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve West Virginia by preparing students to help drive the state's success and vitality. CTE is creating an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education's Communications Office at 304.558.2699.

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