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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education


Accepting Applications for Ohio's 2021 CTE Presidential Scholars


Click here for the application and instructions.  Deadline Oct. 15, 2020

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential. For the career and technical education component of the program, students are initially selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields.  

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Ohio's 2020 CTE Presidential ScholaRS

Ashley Mary Brickner - Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technology Center, Engineering Technologies and Robotics

Instructor: Andy Brickner

 In her sophomore year of high school, Ashley discovered the Engineering Technologies and Robotics program at Sentinel Career & Technology Center. After enrolling in the engineering program her junior year, she engaged in new opportunities including Drug Free Clubs of America, Food Backpacks of Tiffin, Class Representative, and SkillsUSA. Ashley achieved four years of 4.0 honor roll, several National Machinery Citizenship awards, Cross Country and Track All League Honors, as well as attending Buckeye Girls State and the 2019 National SkillsUSA Championship. During high school, she has been involved with the  school’s tech team, SADD, Student Council, Spanish Club, traveling ensemble, choir, band, jazz band, musicals, National Honor Society, cross country, track and cheerleading teams. In the community, she is  involved in CYO basketball, 4-H, Tiffin Youth Advisory Council, local vacation bible schools, library reading programs, and the Fostoria Sharing Kitchen. Ashley aspires to attend college for aerospace engineering and work for a major space company such as NASA.

Martha Jane Leugers - Diamond Oaks Career Campus, Vet Assisting

Instructor: Tamara Kuhel

Martha Leugers is an Oak Hills student in the Veterinary Assisting program at Diamond Oaks Career Campus.  At Diamond Oaks, Martha has consistently demonstrated academic excellence. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and during her junior year, Martha was recognized as one of the top 30 students in her class at Oak Hills High School, her home school.  

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Martha has excelled as a leader.   She was one of two students chosen to represent Diamond Oaks at the 2019 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital High School Science Symposium, which focuses on allied health and biomedical research careers.  Martha is also an Oak Hills marching band clarinet section leader.  For the past two years, Martha has also been a member of the Diamond Oaks Ambassadors, giving campus tours, making presentations to groups of prospective students, and attending career fairs to represent Great Oaks.

Maria Isabel Ramirez Porras - Auburn Career Center, Patient Care Technician.

Instructor: Christine Tredent

Maria discovered her passion for the medical field when her sister was in labor at the hospital. The delivery became complicated, and the doctor and Maria’s sister were unable to communicate effectively because of a language barrier. Maria was able to step in and translate solving the communication issue. The result was a successful, less stressful delivery. Remarkably, Maria was only fifteen years old at the time. This demonstrates her astounding maturity and composure. Maria aspires to be a neonatal nurse. She will be an empathetic and sensitive healthcare employee who will have a positive impact on the future patients she will serve.

Maria is an outstanding student in her career technical education program and has exceptional time management skills. She balances her high academic achievement along with a wealth of extracurricular activities including Student Leadership Team, National Technical Honors Society and Drug Free Clubs of America. She is an active member in her school’s band and volunteers at her local church all while working to help support her family financially. Maria has a love of language; she is fluent in Spanish and Englishand is currently learning French and Russian. She translates for peers and the people in her community.

Megan Chantel Wallace - Great Oaks Career Campuses, Business Management.

Instructor: Angela Kovacs

Megan is a senior in Great Oaks business management program and currently serves as vice-president of her Business Professionals of America chapter. She previously served as a sophomore representative, junior representative, and as a Business Advisory Council student member. Megan volunteers with several charities and has helped the chapter donate over $30,000 to Special Olympics. She received her Ambassador Torch Award in 2019 and will receive the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Medal in 2020. Megan has been a state officer finalist and placed in the Top 10 in entrepreneurship competition. She continually encourages her peers to participate in the BPA Cares program and to become nationally certified. 

Megan excels academically in her CTE program and marketing CCP courses at the University of Cincinnati. In May 2020, Megan will receive her CTE Certificate of Completion in addition to CTAG credit. She will also hold both Microsoft and Precision certifications. She has been the captain of the tennis team for three years and is the treasurer of the National Technical Honor Society. Her effective time management skills allow her to successfully balance her academic career, employment, and an unpaid marketing internship.  Megan exemplifies what can be accomplished when a student takes advantage of the opportunities offered through career and technical education.

Angel Marie White - Buckeye Career Center, Teaching Professions.

Instructor: Melissa Long

Angel is a senior in the Teaching Professions program at Buckeye Career Center under the instruction of Mrs. Melissa Long. During her time in the Teaching Professions program, Angel has been dedicated to making a difference for her FCCLA project.    She has developed a program, called Speak Out Ohio, earning her gold at the National FCCLA competition in July of 2019. This program focuses on self harm and provides a mentorship program, parent support group, and workshops that help teens find healthier coping mechanisms.  The program will eventually be able to go into local schools, youth groups, and libraries for presentations on these opportunities. Angel is currently working on a parent support group that will bring another layer to her program, which she will take to competition in the spring.  

At Buckeye Career Center, Angel serves as the FCCLA secretary and is also a Buckeye Student Ambassador.  Angel excels academically carrying a 3.06 GPA and is a full-time post-secondary education student at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. She will earn a two year certificate in Teaching Professions from Buckeye Career Center in the spring. Outside of school, she is the secretary of her 4-H group and works at Wendy’s and Dutch Valley restaurants.

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