Penta sets up tech honor society
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 14 January 2013 12:09
Students at Penta Career Center now have a new honor to aspire to.
This spring the career center will induct its first members of the National Technical Honor Society, the Penta Board of Education was told at Wednesday's meeting. The society is modeled on but a separate entity from the National Honor Society. Students can be members of both.
More than 3,300 secondary schools and colleges are affiliated with the honor society.
The creation of the society was first discussed a couple years ago after school officials attended a High Schools That Work conference.
It was math teachers Mindy Phillips and Sonia Herman who decided there was a place at Penta for the society. They felt it was a chance to shine a light on "the best of the best" at the vocational school, Phillips said.
She estimated as many as 250 students would be eligible with about a couple dozen inducted in the first class this spring.
Students must maintain a high average in both their academics and in their vocational programs, she said. They must also apply, which involves an essay and a teacher's recommendation.
The candidates, according to the school, "should be persons who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility, and good character."
Phillips said that it helps students develop self-esteem and pride. There are also opportunities for scholarships.
She also said that having the honor society could help Penta attract students.
Phillips said students are already inquiring about the society, and indicating their desire to maintain the high grades needed for induction.
Also recognized at the meeting was Kortney Baker, a junior culinary arts student from Lake, who placed first in knife skills at the Family, Careers, Community Leaders for America competition in Indianapolis last fall.
The board held its organizational meeting before the regular session.
Robert Righi, who represents Maumee schools on the Penta board, was re-elected president and William Green, of Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, was re-elected as vice president.
Paul Walker joined the board as Bowling Green's representative. He replaces Stephen Cernkovich. Superintendent Ron Matter said Cernkovich was stepping down for family reasons.
Also sworn in for new two-year terms were Mark Schoenlein, of Perrysburg, and Green. Kathy Limes of the Wood County Educational Service Center is also starting a new term but was absent from Wednesday's meeting.
The board will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the board room at the career center at the intersection of Buck and Lime City roads in Perrysburg Township.