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Career, technical students honored

By Justin Averette

Some of Chilton County’s best and brightest were honored Thursday evening during the fifth annual Career Tech Extravaganza.
The Career/Tech Students of the Year were honored and enjoyed dinner with proud parents, family members and teachers.
“We are proud of our exceptional programs,” said Karen Cox, president of the Chilton County chapter of Alabama Career Technical Education. “We are proud of all students and their accomplishments.”
The annual program was held at Clanton First United Methodist Church’s Helen Parrish Activities Center.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started this program,” said Carol Easterling, Chilton County’s career tech education supervisor.
The county’s career tech curriculum offers 40 programs, under the directon of 33 teachers.
Almost 30 students were honored Thursday for being the best student in their area or at their school.
Students of the Year for 2010 were:

Family and Consumer Sciences: Isabella High School, Hannah Rebecca Bishop; Chilton County High School, Gerron Mims; Jemison High School, Billy James Ward; Thorsby High School, Brittany Nichole Curtis; and Maplesville High School, Cassie Leon.

Middle School: Clanton Middle School, Sami Gibson; and Jemison Middle School, Tayler Mazingo.

Marketing/DECA: Chilton County High School, Murphy A. Wilson; and Jemison High School, Jordan Wade.

Agriscience/FFA: Isabella High School, Chanley Ratliff; Jemison High School, Skyler Bailey; Thorsby High School, Ryan Collins; Chilton County High School, Kaci Tracy and Marcus Minor; and Maplesville High School, Kyle Clemmons.

Career Technical Center Programs: Business Management and Administration, Nicole Wilson; Business Education, Amber Simmons; Horticulture, Tori Applegate; Health Science, Megann Marie Arsenault and Audreana Todd; Auto Service, Michael Smith; Drafting Design, Brad Shiers; Collision Repair, Michael Hilton; Electronic Technology, Matthew Langston; HVACR/SkillsUSA, Stephen Johnson; Welding, Sean Haigler; Building Construction 2, Brandon White; Cosmetology, Christina Stafford; and Cabinetry, Travis Adams.