256 seniors received career-technical certificates of completion during Tolles Career & Technical Center’s annual certification ceremony on May 24, 2017. The ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium in front of hundreds of family, staff members and other dignitaries celebrating the success of students from the district’s 11 associate high schools.
Shandon Feldick (Computer Network and Support Technology, Hilliard Davidson) and Haley Green (Pharmacy, West Jefferson) were named the 2017 Tolles Outstanding Seniors. The two received awards purchased by the senior class and were selected based on their outstanding character, grades, attendance, citizenship and service while at Tolles.
Scholarship awarded during the ceremony included:
- Friends of Tolles Board Scholarship and Zach George Memorial Scholarship: Kacie Karner (Engineering and Manufacturing, Madison-Plains);
- Jessica Briggs Memorial Scholarship: Ashley Burris (Pre-Nursing, Dublin Scioto);
- Red Cross Drive to Serve Scholarship: Angel Rodriguez (Pre-Nursing, Hilliard Davidson);
- Tolles Education Association Memorial Scholarship: April Adkins (Pre-Nursing, West Jefferson), Tamara Vega (Art Design and Communication, Hilliard Bradley), Madison Welsch ( Computer Network and Support Technology, Jonathan Alder).
Superintendent Kim Wilson highlighted many of the accomplishments of the senior class. These included:
- $1.1 million in scholarship money has been awarded to the Class of 2017, the most ever awarded to a class at Tolles;
- 60% of seniors have been accepted to one or more postsecondary institutions to date;
- 15 seniors qualified for national competition within their Career-Technical Student Organizations;
- 17 seniors have enlisted in the military;
- 69% of seniors have earned one or more industry credentials and/or certifications;
- 1,010 articulated college credits were earned for free by 205 seniors that can be used at specific colleges;
- 625 transcripted college credits were earned for free by 147 seniors that can be used at any public college in Ohio;
- 33% will enter the workforce in jobs relevant to their career-technical training;
- 70 seniors worked 4,500 hours in unpaid internship experiences;
- 16 seniors worked 3,409 hours in paid internship experiences through the Tolles Cooperative Advanced Placement program.