EHOVE students bring home the gold

It’s been an outstanding year for a group of EHOVE Career Center students who have excelled in their students organizations’ state competitions, including a group of EHOVE students who can now call themselves National Champions!  As part of their career tech programs, such as Computer Network Tech, Early Childhood Education, Construction Tech, Forensic Science and many others, students have the opportunity to participate in the student organization associated with their program. 

The student organizations include SkillsUSA, Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Firelands Ohio Student Education Association (FOSEA).  Each is an organization that provides students with opportunities to participate in competitive events, fundraisers, community service projects and social chapter activities. 

EHOVE students have several reasons for participating in the organizations and the competitions.  The leadership opportunities, community service work, chance to apply the skills they’ve learned, and professional connections and opportunities are some examples.   

Thanks to their high placements at the state competition earlier this year, 16 EHOVE students earned the opportunity to travel to the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City and one EHOVE student to San Antonio for the FCCLA National Competition. 

Early Childhood Education student Morgan McLane (Margaretta HS) was the first in the school’s history to advance to the national FCCLA competition.  Even though it was a debut performance for EHOVE, McLane earned a gold medal in the Early Childhood Star category.  Her How Does Your Garden Grow? presentation included a portfolio documenting her knowledge and experiences in EHOVE’s Early Childhood Education program, a teaching scenario for ten 4-5 year olds with one having a hearing impairment, a science lesson plan, special needs adaptation, resource box and demo of the activities.

Forensic Science students Alison Harper (Edison HS), Cassandra Harper (Edison HS) and Roy Rashke (Bellevue HS) competed against 27 other teams from across the nation in the Career Pathways:  Human Services category at the SkillsUSA event. 

The team presented Gone But Not Forgotten, a presentation about human trafficking that details an information network built by the students with pointers for parents to help identify the signs to protect their children.  All information is available at  The group actively posts updates on their Twitter and Facebook pages as well. 

Thanks to their hard work and attention to detail, the team attained great scores which placed them first in the event, winning the national title.  This is the second year in a row that an EHOVE team has earned this top honor with SkillsUSA.

The remaining 13 students who attended the SkillsUSA event all placed in the top ten:

  • Automated Manufacturing – Ian Hecker (South Central HS), Tyler Smith (Edison HS), John Widmer (Bellevue HS)-9th place
  • Career Pathways:  Arts & Communications – June Aldrich (Vermilion HS), Noah Koch (Edison HS), Dane Welty (Margaretta HS) – 7th place
  • Crime Scene Investigation – Tyler Rettig (Bellevue HS), Alexandria WIllgrube (Edison HS), Reymundo Zavala (Norwalk HS) – 6th place
  • Criminal Justice – Mary Kaman (Margaretta HS) – 7th place
  • Welding Fabrication – Austin Kramer (Monroeville HS), Lance Leto (Norwalk HS), John Moyer (Bellevue HS) – 6th place

Learn more about student organizations, competition results and activities.  A full album of photos are also available at