PAHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Recognition

PAHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Recognition
Posted on 06/06/2019
PAHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student RecognitionFor each grading period of the school year, PAHS business and marketing teachers, Bernie Brabant/Accounting and Digital Tools, Pam Helpenstell/Business Education and Leadership, Lisa Joslin/Business Education and Jennifer Rogers/Marketing, recognize students who earn the highest grades in each of their classes and present them with a Student of the Triad Award.

At the conclusion of the school year, those students are eligible to apply for the Business and Marketing Students of the Year by writing an essay and completing an application detailing their high school success.

These applications are then evaluated by members of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee and they select two recipients. In their essay submittals, each student wrote how their CTE classes influenced their educational plans, career plans and personal goals.

Aeverie Politika, Marketing Student of the Year, wrote, “My biggest accomplishment while in the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA), as well as in high school, would have to be growing our community outreach Thanksgiving Dinner Basket campaign.  This community campaign was designed to provide an entire Thanksgiving meal to families from the PASD.  We went from feeding 25 families to this year feeding 41 families.  This truly represents my passion for giving, combined with skills to collaborate with people in our community in a positive way.”

Politika plans to attend Washington State University in the fall to major in Business or Medicine.

Mauritz Ahlburg, Business Student of the Year, wrote, “Through what I have learned in my four years of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), being in Mrs. Helpenstell’s Leadership class, and this year, Mrs. Joslin’s Microsoft classes, the PAHS business department has helped me in many ways, from helping me prepare my first resume for my first job, to exploring new paths to continue in college.”

Ahlburg plans to attend the University of British Columbia in the fall to study Business and Economics.

Two community members from the Business and Marketing Advisory Committee, Jeramey Johnson of Arrow Marine and Laurie Szczepczynski of Sound Community Bank, were on hand to present the awards to the students at the 2019 Business and Marketing Awards Night held May 30.

“We greatly appreciate our advisory committee members,” said Joslin.  “They are so committed to our kids and the success of our programs. They have taken time away from their jobs to meet with our department throughout the year, they have been guest speakers in our classes, resources for our curriculum, chaperones, judges, and most importantly, they have been mentors to our students.”

PAHS Business and Marketing Advisory Committee members include Roxi Baxley, owner of Strait Web Solutions;  Jeramey Johnson, operations manager for Arrow Marine; Laurie Szczepczynski, branch manager of Sound Community Bank; Christina Costello, manager of Higher Grounds and a PAHS 2012 Business Student of the Year; and Allie Plute, Human Resources Director for 7 Cedars Casino and Resort Properties.

Photo by Cindy Crumb/Port Angeles School District
(From left) Laurie Szczepczynski from Sound Community Bank, PAHS Business Student of the Year Mauritz Ahlburg, PAHS Marketing Student of the Year Aeverie Politika, and Jeramey Johnson from Arrow Marine.

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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