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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

2022 CTE Presidential Scholar nominees accepted

Click here for the 2022 nomination form and instructions - Deadline Oct. 15

Question?  Contact Christine Gardner at

2021 Presidential Scholar Nominees/Ohio:

  • Ryan Duffy – West Shore Career Tech - Bay Village High School
  • Ana Gehner –  Butler Tech/Northwest HS - Colerain High School
  • Minahil Haroon – Butler Tech Bioscience Center - Lakota East High School
  • Bethany Weldy – Miami Valley CTC - Covington High School
  • Jada Yinger – Upper Valley CC - Jackson Center High School

Ana Gehner –  Butler Tech/Northwest HS - Financial Services

Recognized as one of 20 CTE Scholars Nationwide

Instructor: Peter Clark

Ana Lu Gehner is a senior in Butler Tech’s Financial Services Honors program, a College Credit Plus course that allows her to earn credits through Cincinnati State. Academically, Ana Lu has maintained a near-perfect GPA and top-10 class rank at Colerain High School while challenging herself with Honors, AP, and CCP classes throughout her high school career.   Ana Lu is actively involved in Business Professionals of America and currently serves as President of the Ohio Association and Vice President of her local chapter. She has been a State qualifier three times, has served as a State Officer twice, and earned her Ambassador Torch Award last spring. Ana Lu has also been a State and National qualifier in DECA competitions. In addition, Ana Lu serves in a leadership role with her school’s credit union, plays on her school’s volleyball team, and is a member of Class Officers, National Honor Society, and Academic Quiz Team. Outside of school, Ana Lu is a social media promotion intern with the Colerain Chamber of Commerce and works summers as a life guard at Orchard Hill Swim Club.

Ryan Duffy – West Shore Career Tech - Auto Technology

Instructor:  Michael Szittai

Ryan, a Senior from Bay High School in Bay Village, is in West Shore Career-Technical’s Auto Technology program. Ryan is a National Merit Commended Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society at Bay High School. He will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in the Spring of 2021. Outside of school, Ryan has demonstrated leadership through several organizations. Boy Scouts of America awarded him the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the drumline tenor section leader in the Bay High Marching Band and a four-year member of the Bay cross country team. For the last three years, Ryan has participated in the Appalachian Service Project and traveled to West Virginia and Virginia in the summer to help rebuild homes for impoverished families. He also runs his own private auto detailing company, “Duffy’s Dynamic Detailing.” Ryan is a leader among his peers in Automotive Technology and serves as the SkillsUSA Class President.  Ryan discovered his passion for auto-technology when he began tinkering and building go-karts and mini-bikes at the age of 13. Within a year, he began his first solo auto restoration project on a dilapidated 1971 Buick Riviera. Ryan can often be seen driving to school in this car and another car he has restored, a 1965 Corvair. According to Ryan, “career-tech was the perfect fit for me--allowing me to combine a passion for the automotive trade with kinesthetic learning.” “I feel fortunate to be able to take advantage of these opportunities in high school.”

Minahil Haroon  – Butler Tech Bioscience Center, Biomedical

Instructor: Lisa von Haefen

You can see Minahil in almost all of the different aspects of the Butler Tech Bioscience Center, from Yearbook Club, NTHS, HOSA and many more. National Technical Honor Society treasurer. Minahil has also been connected with her home school through the Muslim Student Association. As Vice President of MSA, she has been committed to creating a safe space for fellow Muslim students to utilize as a Prayer Room.

Aside from clubs and other activities, Minahil has been committing her time since her Junior year towards volunteering at the local hospital. Her constant drive of finding opportunities allowed her to become a part of the United Planets American Iraqi Public Health Teams over the 2020 summer. She was virtually collaborating with students from the U.S. and Iraq in broadening their knowledge over Public Health and Covid-19’s impact on various global issues. Minahil is not only committed to improving her community but also thrives to never limit herself in her academics. She has taken rigorous College Credit courses including, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology and more.

Bethany Weldy – Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Pre-Nursing

Instructor: Tonya Barnett

Bethany is a student in the Pre-Nursing program at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) in Englewood. She has always been a leader involved in both her school and community. At MVCTC, she has been the MVCTC HOSA President for two years and a MVCTC Student Ambassador. Bethany completed her Associates Degree of Liberal Arts with High Honors from Sinclair at the end of her Junior year. She is the youngest in her school’s history to graduate with an Associates degree at MVCTC and Covington. Bethany was accepted into college at age 13, and will have completed over 100 college credits hours by the time she graduates her senior year. She will also graduate with an Ohio Department of Education Academics Honors Diploma. Bethany has been involved in various extracurricular activities including band, pep band, Spanish club, Key Club, Covington’s National Honor Society, American Sign Language Club, MVCTC HOSA, 4H, softball, and volleyball. She was one out of only five students selected from Ohio to participate in the United Planet’s American-Iraqi Public Health Teams Addressing COVID-19 Project seven-week international leadership program. Bethany’s future career goal to is become a certified American Sign Language interpreter and nurse anesthetist.

Jada Yinger – Upper Valley CC, Early Childhood Education and Care

Instructor: Natalee Heath

Jada is a stand-out senior from Jackson Center High School in the Early Childhood Education and Care program at Upper Valley Career Center.  She demonstrates passion, commitment, and responsibility as a confident role model and leader, in addition to being an ambitious and excellent student. She is an honor roll student, a member of the UVCC Honor Society, and has earned the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. In her junior year, she was elected Co-President of UVCC’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter. She has held a number of FCCLA officer positions and has competed on the national stage as part of the 2020 FCCLA Virtual National Leadership Conference. Jada's leadership has led the officer team with contagious enthusiasm, uniting the chapter's vision to  create positive change in the community. Jada demonstrates her commitment by being the first to volunteer for community service activities outside of school hours. Her list of volunteer activities is extensive, but a few organizations include Big Brother’s Big Sister’s, Mothers of Preschoolers, and Piqua Compassion Network.  Jada earned an advanced early placement position, which requires her to balance work, completing courses for graduation, and preparing for her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). She exceeds expectations daily, handling the heavy workload, family responsibilities, and  service to her community and peers with grace, all while successfully pursuing her early childhood career pathway.

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