A-Tech/ Grand Valley Interactive Multi Media Student Kathrine Fogarty Wins First Place in Scholastic T-Shirt Design Competition
Kathrine Fogarty, a student in Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus’ Interactive Multimedia program at Grand Valley High School, has been named the winner of the 2013 Scholastic Art T-Shirt Design Competition. The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, and Ashtabula counties.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Kathrine since only one winner is selected each year and there is lots of competition for this award,” Fogarty’s instructor Nate Schick said. “Kathrine works really hard and has a very creative vision. She definitely deserved this accolade.”
Fogarty’s eye catching t-shirt design will be on display with award winning art in sixteen additional categories during the Northeastern Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition hosted by Youngstown State University from January 17th until February 8th. Fogarty’s design will also be printed on t-shirts which will be on sale throughout the duration of the exhibition. “I am so glad to win this. I can’t wait to see my design on a shirt!” Fogarty said.
The Scholastic T-shirt Design Competition is the opening phase of the Scholastic Art Awards Competition which has provided a forum for creative expression as well as recognition for student generated art for 90 years. In addition to the Scholastic T-shirt Design prize, awards will be granted at the NEO Scholastic Art Exhibition in the categories of architecture, ceramics and glass, comic art, graphic design, digital art, drawing, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video game design.
Kathrine is the daughter of Shawn and Theresa Fogarty of Rome.
Holiday Service Events Fill the Cupboards for A-Tech Families in Need
Throughout the month of December, students at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) linked up to share the spirit of the season with the families of classmates who are experiencing hardship. Twelve A-Tech families which included fifty five people and eleven children under ten enjoyed a holiday feast with all the trimmings thanks to the altruism of A-Tech students.
The effort included the annual Spirit Chain competition and a pie tossing event which generated nearly a thousand dollars to purchase non perishable food items to supplement the mountains of canned goods contributed to a concurrentHoliday Food Drive. Students purchased links in the Spirit Chains for a nickel each or 6 for a quarter as grade levels competed to create the longest chain. By mid December, the colorful Spirit Chains stretched back and forth from wall to wall in the A-Tech cafeteria illustrating a level of contributions totaling $942.74. The junior class edged out the seniors by a margin of only twenty five links to win the Spirit Chain competition with a chain stretching to 11,877 links.
A pie tossing event, held in the A-Tech cafeteria drew a crowd of onlookers and pie throwers who had purchased tickets during lunch periods for .25 each or 6 for a $1.00, depositing them in the jar labeled with the name of an A-Tech administrator or staff member they wanted to pie. Several administrators and teachers cheerfully took crème filled confections in the face, all in the interest of helping A-Tech families in need.
A school wide food drive coordinated by Health Care Academy program students generated $4,432 containers of non perishable food items. Now the overflowing cupboards at the school are bare and that is all according to the plan for A-Tech students. “Twelve families of our classmates who were having a hard time at Christmas came in and picked up boxes and boxes of food,” Crystal Schreiber, a senior in the Culinary Arts program said. “It is so important to reach out to help others. No one should be without a big dinner at Christmas and it’s a really good feeling to know we helped.”
A-Tech Elementary Career Education Helps Third Graders Find Careers
Thanks to career awareness outreach programs sponsored by Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech), area elementary school students are learning how to get from A to B by exploring future career possibilities and the skills sets required for jobs right here in Ashtabula County via a series of educational field trips to local venues.
During the months of October and November, more than 600 third graders from elementary schools throughout Ashtabula County formed game plans for future careers when they took a behind the scenes tour of local sports and education venue Spire Institute. The field trips were organized by A-Tech Elementary Career Education Coordinator Kay Roller. “Spire provided one location where students could learn about many careers of varying educational requirements as well as curricular areas. The presenters at Spire focused on the importance of education, listening, teamwork, problem solving, math,, reading, writing, and more! This was not a just tour of Spire, it was a day of learning!”
To help students understand large number concepts, many teachers used children’s author Steven Kellogg’s iconic book “How Much is a Million” as a tool to help them put the immensity of Spire Institute’s massive structures, expansive grounds and venues into perspective. “My students were amazed at the size of the pool and entire facility.” Conneaut Gateway Elementary School teacher Jan Nieminen said. Spire’s Aquatics Facility Manager Josh Ptak elicited wide eyed and a buzz of amazement from the third graders when he explained mind boggling math facts and amazing analogies about the venue. “The 1,205,000 gallons of water contained by Spire’s Olympic grade competition pool weighs 10,056,207 pounds or the same as 1,005 African Elephants,” Ptak said.
“The students thought that the entire field trip was fantastic”, Neiemenen said, reporting that the trip was a fun and highly effective method of enforcing third grade science educational attainment standards and concepts that her students are focusing on in their classroom. “Third grade science and math standards that Spire personnel helped emphasize include: forces that affect motion (pushes, pulls gravity, weight, friction, collision), math and measurement (volume, length, weight, time) and career awareness (the types of careers available and what education is needed to obtain these types of jobs),” Nieminen explained.
The third graders toured the Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Aquatics facilities at Spire and also got a behind the scenes look inside the Food Services and Facilities departments. “All the students seemed very interested in the different types of careers that Spire houses. They did not know that there were chefs, coaches, maintenance workers, management personnel, facility coordinators, medical personnel and food services workers employed there,” Geneva Platt R. Spencer teacher Nikki Nelson said.
“It is important for elementary age children to begin thinking about what they want to be when they grow up and exposing them to an array of career possibilities helps them understand what people do all day and the skills and education they need to attain the careers they aspire to,” Kay Roller. A-Tech’s Elementary Career Education department organizes educational field trips to Kent State Ashtabula Campus and businesses such as Creative Millwork of Ohio and hosts career days which bring volunteers from an array of local businesses, professions and organizations to area elementary schools. A-Tech Ambassadors also take their skills and knowledge on the road, visiting elementary buildings and inspiring young students by sharing the skills and knowledge they have attained through the school’s innovative, career-based laboratory-style teaching environment and how those skills translate to employment opportunities here in Ashtabula County and throughout the United States.
A-Tech Names Graphic Communications Student Sarah Pal October 2012 Student of the Month
Sarah Pal is a senior in Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ (A-Tech) Graphic Communications program where she is immersed in learning the art and science of the visual communication of information and creative ideas using state of the art computer software. According to her A-Tech instructor Suzanne Pratt, Pal is a talented student who excels in applying the high tech skills she is learning at A-Tech to the process of graphic communication through design, illustration and digital photography.
Pal was nominated for the honor of student of the month not only because she is an excellent student, but because her communication skills extend beyond the classroom walls and into the realm of random acts of kindness. Pal was a friend in need who reached out to a local family who lost personal possessions in a devastating house fire, coordinating a school wide effort to collect clothing and household items to mitigate their loss.
Pal, who plans to pursue a career as an illustrator of children’s books, is the daughter of Michelle Pal and Greg Pal. Her home school is Lakeside High School.